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Quote for the Week

To be sure, it was not Easter Sunday but Holy Saturday, but, the more I reflect on it, the more this seems to be fitting for the nature of our human life: we are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.

–Pope Benedict XVI, in Milestones: Memoirs, 1927-1977 (1998), p. 6.; courtesy of Wikiquote

I didn’t necessarily agree with the Pope on everything during his reign; but as I’ve said before, I think it is both courageous and the right thing to do if he believes he’s no longer up to the task. In any case, this is a very good and moving reflection, I think. May Pope Benedict have a peaceful retirement.

Vox Nova

Rocco Palmo’s Whispers in the Loggia blog has the following as it’s “quote for the day.” It’s from an address Pope Benedict XVI gave to the residents of “Viva Gli Anziani” (Long Live the Elderly), an old-age home in Rome, last November. As one who cares for an elderly parent – my mother, who, incidentally, is the finest Christian I know – I found this to be one of the most profound reflections on the richness of old age that I have ever encountered. So moving, in fact, that this morning I called my mom and read it to her, knowing that she would weep with gratitude. This brief address may also hold a key to why Benedict announced his decision yesterday, as well how he plans to live out his vocation during the months and years ahead.

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Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, O Holy Spirit)

There’s plenty of coverage elsewhere of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.  Aside from my belief that he is making the right decision, as he is evidently quite ill, I don’t really have anything to add.  I post the above Taizé prayer to the Holy Spirit (the same chant that was sung at my baptism in 1990) as a prayer for the Pope’s health, for a peaceful retirement for him, and for the selection of a new Pope next month.

Midnight Mass


A long-standing tradition in my family was always to watch the broadcast of Christmas Midnight Mass celebrated by the Pope.  This is odd, since none of us were Catholic.  As an adult, I converted, followed by my mother and sister.  Since then I’ve actually gone to Midnight Mass every year but one (in which I went to the earlier vigil Mass), so I haven’t seen Midnight Mass from the Vatican for awhile, except in snippets when it was broadcast live (Rome being ahead of us in time zone).

I obviously can’t arrange a live feed here, so instead here is the first Christmas Midnight Mass celebrated by current Pope Benedict XVI, in 2005.  Merry Christmas!