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I want to be…Alice von Hildebrand..
There is so much wisdom that emanates from this woman, it’s like trying to contain a waterfall in a paper cup.
From a piece she wrote titled, Thank You Benedict XVI:
From the moment the future Pope left his beloved Regensburg until Feb. 28, 2013, he accepted a mission which was not of his own choosing. Let me repeat emphatically: He did not like the limelight. He was never tempted by ambition. He did it in obedience, but an act of obedience which was to him, a subtle form of crucifixion.
When one studies the history of the Church, one thing is striking: the amazing variety of personalities and also the high percentage of Popes who were canonized. Something remarkable when one thinks that to be in a position of authority exposes people to all sorts of temptations.
To be pope places one on a pinnacle of glory, and a very deep prayer life and much divine grace are both needed not to be flattered by this humanly “glorious” position. The greatest Popes never pursued this honor; they accepted it, but never played the political game on order to step into the shoes of Peter. There were many good Popes, faithfully fulfilling their function as Pastors of the Universal Church. Finally there was a very small percentage of unworthy popes and even bad popes, who ruthlessly tried to “grab” the Tiara to satisfy their pride. Some were great sinners: let us remember that Judas – one of the twelve – betrayed Christ.
But his treason did not prevent the birth of the Holy Catholic Church.
One thing is certain: in spite of treason and sinfulness, the Bark of Peter survived the most terrible storms and always will.
When elected almost eight years ago, Benedict accepted the “crown of thorns” in obedience, convinced that he had a mission to perform.
….While grieving deeply that he is stepping down, the call of the hour is to thank him, and to promise that all his sheep will keep praying for someone who has been a blessing for the Church.