Belated Birthday Wishes…

… Yesterday marked the 87th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. I sure do miss him.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • echarles1

    A doctor of the church he will be one day. I remember reading the text of his Regensburg speech. Like the man himself it was much misunderstood. But as Bulgakov wrote, “Everything works out in the end. That’s what this world is built on.” So in the end, a doctor of the church he will be.

  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    What would I say if given one minute seated on that bench next to him? Probably just “Why?” punctuated by some gentle sobbing.

    But, perhaps I should direct myself to the new Ninth Station of the Cross: “Leaving Behind Unhealthy Nostalgia” in which the author takes a break from meditating on unsolvable social problems and turns his keen eye to the real enemy, nostaslgia:

    “Let us leave behind our unhealthy nostalgia for the past, our complacency and our refusal to change, and the attitude that says: “But we’ve always done it this way!”

    There will be no looking behind us in the new order; such a hard habit for a self-absorbed promethean neopelagianist like myself to break.

    • Netmilsmom

      Nostalgia is a sin. Tradition is not nostalgia.

  • Parrish Family

    I sure do miss him too. And I sure don’t think that’s unhealthy, either. I love all my “Papa’s”, similarly to how I love all my grandparents, and aunts, and uncles, and cousins. Particularly like how I love both of my parents. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one to whom you particularly relate, to whom you had a special bond, or you just enjoyed more of the same things. I love ALL my Papa’s – neither of them more or less, I don’t understand how I could – but I love my Papa Benny in an especially close way. As one may have a devotion to a particular saint, while still venerating the communion of saints. And for the life of me I just don’t get where the need to tear down is so strong that it extends even to our spiritual “father-on-earth”, who loves all of us so much.
    My favorite saint is Padre Pio, I have a special devotion and closeness to the Blessed Mother, and to Jesus through his Divine Mercy, and I find comfort in my hour a week of Devotion to the Blessed Eucharist. My husband is very close to St Joseph, goes to confession much easier than I, and while he has substituted for me in a pinch at my Holy Hour – well, it’s not his thing. But HE’S Catholic and I’M Catholic.
    In fact – I think the Pope’s, and their varying expressions and articulations of the ONE and SAME faith (despite folks who just don’t “get it”) – are a wonderful lesson for the faithful.

  • CT Catholic Corner

    I too miss him and wish him a happy belated Birthday. God bless him!