Thursday, 28 February 2013
Slán agus Beannacht Pápa Benedict XVI
Today, February 28th 2013, we wish our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI well in his retirement. From the beginning of his pontificate, he has been the pope of surprizes. His first encyclical letter, 'Deus Caritas Est' reminded us all that God is Love. This was from someone with a personal, prayerful relationship with Jesus Christ which has stood the test of time, and seen highs and lows.
As an expert in Theology, he has constantly taught that true freedom and happiness is found in the witness to the truth and in doing the right thing. Pope Benedict was always someone who never wanted to be pope but always sought to serve the Church so he accepted the papacy as a witness to service and humilty. He said as much when he was elected; "I am....just a humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord..."
Perhaps his most powerful witness was his announcement on February 11th that after much prayer and reflection and conscious of his age and energy levels he dedided to renounce the papacy effective from today. This has not been done in six centuries. I believe this is a wonderful example of minority and service and of detachment to power which is very much the oppostie in our world. The Holy Father intends to live the remainder of his life as Papa Emeritus or Emeritus Bishop of Rome in prayer and solitude. We accompany him with our prayers and good wishes. I'm sure the new pope will be grateful for the prayerful support of the retired Bishop of Rome.
Let us pray for a good, wise and holy pope to be elected by the Cardinals as they gather these days in Rome.