Thus begins the farewell…

… I’ve been trying to remain faithful, but it still breaks my heart to see Papa go. And the strange thing is I keep getting “what’s the big deal” from not just my protestant friends but from my Catholic ones as well.

The Pope delivering his last Angelus to a crowd of 100,000 people. View more photos here.

the farewell begins…

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  • Helene E. Wood

    Well I’m Catholic and I’ll be your friend. To me it’s a HUGE deal and I will miss this dear and holy man.

  • Mary Cambridge

    This is breaking my heart. I will so miss him. May God grant him peace and joy. (and a cat for his lap)

  • Tina Fanetti

    It’s not such a big deal to me. Priests and bishops come; Priests and bishops go. Popes come; Popes go. Life is made of meetings and partings; that is the way of it. But the Roman Catholic Church remains.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    All this has happened before. All will happen again.

    It is only in America that we think that 600 years is a long time.

  • mo

    I’ve been a mess over it — not as bad as when JPII died, but mess nonetheless.

  • roughplacesplain

    I’m more bereft about Pope Benedict leaving than I was about losing Pope John Paul II. I’m going to be a mess on Thursday…. and Friday. But I do believe the conclave will give us a holy shepherd.
    - nancyo

  • Thomas tlimon.westlaw

    I converted under Pope Benedict, and I will miss him a so so much. On one level, I feel like Peter stepping outside the boat. I know intellectually that I should not worry, but an all-too-human emotive aspect leads me to fret. He is brilliant and strong, defender of the faith, and enemy of relativism. What will we do without him?

    I also feel hopeful. Despite the waves of worry, I cannot help think that Papa B is up to something. Or, rather, the Holy Spirit is using our Holy Father as a reed of his will. He’s too smart. He’s too humble. Until proven otherwise, I extend a rebuttable presumption in Papa B’s favor.

    Perhaps the brilliant introvert will have the last joyful laugh. After all, we’re talking about a God who speaks truth through the mouth of a mule and chose to be born incarnate of a virgin in a cave. A papal resignation seems like fertile ground for Holy absurdity!

  • Jeannee Waseck

    I don’t know if this is perhaps partially going on with you? but here’s what I know: I was much more emotionally attached to Pope John Paul (even when I wasn’t Catholic) BUT hearing that this present Pope is leaving brings me back to when he was elected … I can see in my mind’s eye sitting in the slate-floor tv room of a house I no longer own … with my five beloved doggys that always gathered around when I said, “Girls … Mass!” – and now four of them are deceased (only dear CoCo has apparently survived Papal changes! ;) ) … with a vehicle in the driveway that has since been swindled from me, surrounded by furniture that was stolen from me, in clothes that are most likely still in boxes from the upheaval of many moves and not being settled, being connected to a parish with a priest who could literally read hearts and now being back in an area where I don’t feel nearly as connected … losing this Pope – even tho I am of the inviolate belief that he is going away to pray for us away from destruction and evil! – reminds me of all the other losses I have had since then – including that of my beloved earthly father, who was very ill then but at least he was still present enough to talk to about a new Pope! – now …

  • Dorothy Cummings McLean

    It’s a huge deal. We weren’t expecting it. We were expecting a long time of preparation and warning for it, as when John Paul II was dying. And we now live in an age where fathers leave. One hundred years ago, the Holy Father abdicating might have not been as big an emotional deal (although perhaps an even bigger head-scratcher) because our societies were not completely blasted by the abdication of fathers.