Pope Benedict is old and tired. He is also holy and wise.

Pope Benedict XVI departs after the surprise announcement of his resignation

I understand that “tired” feeling.  Lately, some days I’ve found myself wringing my hands [metaphorically speaking], indignant about something I’ve read on Facebook, heard on the radio, watched on TV.“Why do I do this?” I mutter.  I imagine myself freed from the daily grind—puttering in the garden, walking in the woods, curled up with a good book, but no longer engaging the culture at the level of confrontation and compromise.  In other words, I think of retirement.But I have a feeling th … [Read more...]