I kinda like these Santa Clothes

Julie at Happy Catholic has Benedict all poped-out in traditional papal habidashery.

Dappled Things has more and links to a slide show.

It’s nice, the special clothes and festooning…but I don’t get hung up on it, and doubt that Benedict will, either. I loved JPII – he was so outsized, so larger than life, that he didn’t need all the trappings, and kept his wardrobe simple and rather modern, and I liked that, too.

Balance. St. Benedict’s whole Rule was about finding balance. This Benedict will too, I hope, be balanced about these externals.

I see that Pope John XXIII (“Good Pope John”) was buried wearing the camauro, the red hat with white trim which popes had worn from the 12th century on, although John was the last to wear it until Benedict.

Perhaps Benedict is trying to signal something?

Btw – John, disinterred when his cause for sainthood was opened, was discovered to be incorruptible. He’s in the crystal reliquary, now, and John Paul the Great has his old burial spot.

Or, more correctly, his remains are in the reliquary, etc…

Gerald has more thoughts.

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  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    I wish I could get away with wearing a red tux.

    When I put one on, I look like one of the Pips.

  • http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/ Sigmund, Carl and Alfred

    Well, not EXACTLY like one of the Pips.

    I should have had a Guiness for lunch.

  • http://ohhowilovejesus.com Jeanette

    I don’t know of another thread to write this so here goes: My daughter and family went to her husband’s grandparents’ for their family Christmas last Saturday. The mother of one of the grandsons, a 10 year old, was telling about being Lutheran and the kids getting ready for their first communion. The Sunday School teacher wanted them to know what the wine tasted like so they wouldn’t make a face at the ceremony. To put it mildly, the Sunday School teacher said he went from being their Sunday School teacher to being their bartender! I guess they were sloshing em down.

    The other story was one of the other 10 year old grandsons was visiting his Catholic friend and they all went to church together. When he got home he said, “Mom, I went to St. Vinnie’s (Vincent’s) and guess what? They served tacos in there!” True stories. Only from kids.

  • Ellen

    I notice that Papa B is wearing a doublebreasted wool coat under his red cloak. I would guess that he’s wearing the camuro, coat and cloak because he’s cold.
    Whatever the reason, his Holiness sure looks stylin’

  • Sal

    I did not know that JPII was buried in JohnXXIII’s former spot. I like that.

    So glad to hear of your good diagnosis – thankful prayers on your behalf!

  • http://ohhowilovejesus.com Jeanette

    A-I have no idea why my trackback didn’t work on this post but I don’t want to mention your work and not let you know I gave you credit. It just didn’t show. No It’s Not Santa Claus at Oh How I Love Jesus.