Reflection: Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

Our Beloved Pope knows that the heart of true faith is humility.  In retiring, the Vicar of Christ is simply following the example of Christ, “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,coming in human likeness;….and he humbled himself…” (Phil 2). 

Pope Benedict, though he is the Supreme Pastor of the Catholic Church, has considered himself “nothing” with Christ…and now he will humble himself and serve the church through a hidden life of prayer. 

Do we want to be like our departing Pope, a person who trusts in God, delights in his Word, who is a well-nourished tree and a mighty “oak of righteousness?”  Do we want to re-evangelize the Church?  Do we want to renew the Culture?  Do we want more and more people to celebrate this Year of Faith by becoming people of Faith?

Then let us follow the example of our Holy Father, who is following the example of his Lord.

“Let us humble ourselves before the Lord, and in due time, he will lift us up!”  (James 4:10)

An excerpt from Abbot James Homily for Pope Benedict's retirement.  Read the whole story

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