Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Don't We Need These Words?

"Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

These words are perhaps, for me, the most powerful moment of the liturgical year. How our world needs their message.

They are words to which modern man is all but deaf—and words he desperately needs to hear.

With the departure of our Holy Father, welcome to a Lent unlike any we have known.

These words give me pause for contemplation:

“Pope John Paul II remained in office so that he might show us how to suffer and how to die. Pope Benedict XVI is leaving the Papal Office so that he might show us how to live in humble honesty.”
— Sr. Mary Theresa, O.P (DSMME)

Our beloved Holy Father's humility is almost beyond the comprehension of modern man. He gives witness that the papacy is not about power, but about prayer; not about show, but about suffering.

In a world where power is worshipped, our Father's loving resignation, in all of its incomprehensibility, may be the witness we need the most.

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