Yesterday I had to get away from the computer, away from newspapers and television. For my sanity, I found it was much better to run some errands in an unhurried fashion, then go spend two hours praying for the Holy Father, the Church and for the next pope.
Then off to Evensong and Ash Wednesday sung Eucharist at our little church.
Fr. Carl, a former engineer, stencils on ashes so each one has a perfectly symmetrical black cross on his or her forehead. Just kidding, but, well, he is quite painstaking to get things right in all things for the glory of God.
I see other blogs are kind of in semi-hiatus as well. So, what would you like to talk about?
How has the Pope’s renunciation affected you? What does it mean to your understanding of the Petrine Ministry? Has it changed it, threatened it, illuminated it?
Are you pessimistic about the prospects of a good Pope to follow Benedict? Or are you optimistic?
I am deeply saddened but I realize this sadness is what Evangelicals call a prayer burden, a call into intercession.
I have loved Joseph Ratzinger since long before he became Pope. His writing inspired me and attracted me to the Catholic Church. His Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus made it possible for me to become Catholic while retaining what is beautiful and true in the Anglican tradition. I will be forever grateful to him. How about you?