Papa Bene

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sooo... the blizzard wasn't quite as much "fun" as I thought it was going to be. It's all fun and games until someone (me) loses power and heat. No fun, no fun at all.

Our electricity and heat went out on Friday night during the blizzard and I thought for sure it would be back on by Saturday afternoon. But it wasn't. And it was starting to get cold in our apartment. By Saturday afternoon we threw in the towel and travel ban be damned, we hopped in the car and drove to my mother-in-law's house. We're so lucky to have family in the area. Her place was toasty warm, so we camped there until Monday afternoon when our power finally came back on.

It's so good to be home now--back in our warm home. During the fiasco blizzard of 2013, I realized I can do without a lot of things--TV, internet, even lights, but I cannot, cannot handle a house without heat. 

Anyways, I don't really want to talk about the blizzard anymore. I want to talk about Pope Benedict! Oh my heart, I'm so sad. What a good and holy Pope we have had in him. In this modern era, he has reminded us of simple truths--that God is love. And not in some hokey, generic, 'God loves you' way, but in a deep, soul wrenching, 'this is what we were made for- to know and love God'- way. 

He has spoke to our modern times. He has foretold that the Church will become smaller, indeed it already has. So many Catholics have been lured away by the god of relativism, unable to handle the "hard teachings" of Christ and his Holy Church.  And for those of us who remain in the Church, more will be demanded.

He has encouraged us to be bold in our faith. We must live the New Evangelization. As intimidating as this call to holiness and evangelization is, I also find it a bit thrilling. The bar is raised and the challenge is set.

But I think above all, Pope Benedict has shown us how to love God with humility. Even in his resignation speech, we were able to glimpse an intimacy that so clearly exists between God and our Pope. And in his great humility and despite the worldly ramifications of a papal resignation, Benedict pointed us back to our God. "And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of our supreme pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the cardinal fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new supreme pontiff." He reminded us that popes come and go, but Christ is with us always.

As Scott Hahn said so perfectly yesterday, "Today God has shown us what we are all giving up for Lent." How we will miss our Holy Father.

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