What a rollercoaster of emotion…yesterday’s joy at the announcement of a weekly Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary form so long prayed for in the city of Charlotte, NC… only to be dampened with the tears of the announcement of the abdication of the author of that which made yesterday’s announcement possible. But I suppose even in this, Providence is at work, as the approval was received from Rome prior to the Roman Curia grinding to a halt during the interregnum…. After which, one will have to see which way the Holy Spirit will lead the Church.
Eight years on the Throne of Peter was probably longer than some expected or wanted His Holiness to reign; but for many of us, his reigning long-than-expected has been so good on so many fronts, and we must now pray that his reforms and examples can be followed. I would not be totally truthful with you, dear Readers, if I told you that I do not think that perhaps a younger, more vigorous Pope in the ‘Benedictine mold’ might be just what is needed for the temporal and spiritual battles to come… the Church needs a strong and forceful Vicar at the helm of Peter’s Bark… and I pray that he will continue to link the reform of the liturgy with the return of our Catholic Identity.
Yesterday’s ending prayer remains appropriate for two more weeks…. Let us continue for pray for Benedict our Pope... Oremus pro Pontifice nostro...