When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

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...

Where to Find Hope

Where to Find Hope

  Delivery of the Keys to St Peter Perugino c.1481-1482   Today the church celebrates the annual feast of The Chair of St Peter the Apostle the feast which,   commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.     With the recent news of Pope Benedict’s retirement, many it seems, struggle to find hope in the words of Christ’s promise for the church, that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.   We have only two choices in the days ahead.. Either ~   God is true and He is our hope or He is not. From the encyclical Spe Salvi, in the words of Pope Benedict the XVI,   27  In this sense it is true that anyone who does not know God, even though he may entertain...

We Love You Pope Benedict XVI

We Love You Pope Benedict XVI

  Pope Benedict XVI in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA     I don’t understand. My immediate reaction when I heard Pope Benedict XVI had announced his resignation, was great sorrow for the Holy Father and what travail in prayer it must have taken for him to reach this decision.   My sorrow stems from the fact that he was my pope when I came home to the faith seven years ago..I clung to his mantle like a child looking to her father, gleaning from him everything I could, hungry to relearn the faith because there was such confusion in the church. To me, despite his age, he was a tower of strength as he undertook the reformations long needed in Holy Mother Church.   I remember the day…I...

Who Are the True Peacemakers?

Who Are the True Peacemakers?

      There is such a thing as the pursuit of false peace:    Pope Benedict Speaks Out Against Abortion (Irish Times.com- Patsy McGarry)  The path to attainment of the common good and peace is “above all that of respect for human life in all its many aspects, beginning with its conception, through its development and up to its natural end,” Pope Benedict XVI has said. “True peacemakers, then, are those who love, defend and promote human life in all its dimensions . . . Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.”   In his message for World Day of Peace yesterday, he said: “Those who insufficiently value human life and, in consequence, support among other things the liberalisation of abortion, perhaps do not...

‘Dear Baby Jesus’

‘Dear Baby Jesus’

    (EWTN News/CNA)  By Estefania Aguirre     A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest.   The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born. “Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me joy,” he wrote in the 1934 letter, published on the Church-affiliated Italian website Korazym.org.     “I would like a Volks-Schott (a Mass prayers book), green clothing for Mass (clerical clothing) and a heart of Jesus. I will always be good. Greetings from Joseph Ratzinger,” he wrote in German cursive hard writing...