THE YEAR OF FAITH
Pope Benedict XVI, at the start of this year, said that the world has become like a spiritual desert, a place where the awareness of God has been largely lost. In this desert where God is so often forgotten, the Pope is calling each of us to grow in our faith in God. In a world that has lost God, the Pope is also calling each of us to joyfully bear witness to others that there is a God who loves us and has saved us.
At the heart of our efforts in this year must be prayer. During Lent, spend more time in prayer and through this prayer, strengthen the recognition of God’s presence and draw closer to Him.
When Pope Benedict’s resignation took effect this past Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00pm (local time), the bells of Corpus Christi heralded his departure as Bishop of Rome as he took up temporary residence in Castel Gandolfo. They will ring again once our new Holy Father is publicly announced. Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus. “He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,” said the Vatican press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “But he will also be called Pope Emeritus or Roman Pontiff Emeritus.”
In this “interregnum,” this interval until a new Pope is elected, let us pray for His Holiness Benedict XVI that he may know the blessing and love of God during the remaining years of his life on earth. Let us also pray for the Church’s College of Cardinals that they may be true to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they prayerfully consider who will next lead our Church in this Third Millennium.
In His peace,