Last night my beautiful and talented wife did something to tie together all of our Lenten observances with the impending papal resignation. She baked home-made pretzels to go with our nightly Lenten dinner of home-made soup. What tied things together was the fact that she baked some of them shaped like the keys of the papal coat of arms!
I am sad. I am very sad. At 1PM CST, the see of Peter falls vacant. The Swiss Guards will stand down as their sole purpose of protecting the Roman Pontiff will (temporarily) no longer exist. The cardinals will be summoned. And this man, this pope, Benedict XVI will retire. It’s like I’m losing him in some bizarre way. Pray for the pope and pray for the cardinals. Pray also for the universal Church.
I bet they didn’t think of this one. Scratch that. I bet they didn’t really care about this one. But the fact remains that my prayer life will change Friday morning of next week.
You see, I have long been in the habit of praying the traditional Morning Offering when I wake up. I try to make it the very first thing I do after silencing my phone-alarm. Sometimes it’s a very bleary interpretation and often times I fall asleep again before the last words are out. But this morning as I was praying this prayer I realized that I will have to omit the last line come next Friday morning.
O, Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day; in union with Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for all my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and, in particular, for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.
In addition to there being no Holy Father it will also be the start of a new month. Way to go out on February 28th, Holy Father. Thanks for that. I’m positive I’m going to mess this one up for some time to come. Maybe I’ll try to consciously change the line to “and for the swift election of a new pope so I can get back to old prayers.”
I was talking with one of my sister’s earlier this evening. After an hour and a half on the phone discussing, among other things, the Holy Father’s decision to renounce the office of Universal Pastor next week, she shared her take on the reason why he’s stepping down.
“You see,” she said “I know why he’s doing this. Twitter.”
“I’m sorry,” I replied, “but, um… what?”
I know why he’s doing this. Twitter.
“It’s Twitter. He’s probably in the Vatican right now saying to his cardinals ‘I tried it. It’s dumb. I survived the @*$&-ing Nazi’s and now I have to read this drivel? I’m done.”
Hey, there’s a certain logic to it. Either way, I’m still sorry to see you go @pontifex. #popegone