Yesterday, Cardinal Ratzinger closed his very Christ-centered homily thusly:
We live out our ministry in this way, as a gift of Christ to humanity! But at this time, above all, we pray with insistence to the Lord, so that after the great gift of Pope John Paul II, he again gives us a pastor according to his own heart, a pastor who guides us to knowledge in Christ, to his love and to true joy. Amen.
Today, Pope Benedict XVI opened his papacy thusly:
“I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.
“In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.”
What I am reading is humility, Christo-centric, intelligent, mindful of what came before, and…someone who associates faith with JOY.
And yet, so many in the press are painting such a different picture.
I cannot wait to see his first interview, so that we may SEE the MAN, himself, and not the caricatures which are already beginning.
I had to go out and heard the local news station interviewing people in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they were uniformly positive about the new pope. Strangely enough, I came home, turned on CNN and saw Judy Woodruff talking to a female reporter who was woeful and reporting that “New Yorkers here, before St. Patrick’s Cathedral are VERY disappointed…”
I guess she was on the wrong side of the Cathedral!
It’s pretty amusing to watch Paul Begala, Judy Woodruff and the rest. God, they HATE him, already.
Begala is all but foaming at the mouth and declaring that the new pope will “cause division with the Protestants!
He clearly doesn’t know what he is talking about, but it’s always doom, doom, doom with the left.