We love you, Papa

February 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

As usual, The Anchoress gets my feelings exactly right when talking about Pope Benedict:

“Yes, I am sad. I have loved Benedict XVI; he has been my favorite pope — I loved John Paul, of course, but as I have said before, he was a grand, dramatic pipe organ of a man; he belonged to the whole world and his writings are often so dense I cannot plumb them. Benedict has always been the more accessible tinkling piano, simply inviting one to come closer. His copious writings have been almost avuncular in their gently-voiced but brilliant instruction, and somehow it always felt like he belonged “to me”. I will miss him terribly.”

Yes, exactly.  Pope Benedict was the one whose words helped me delve deeper into the teachings of my Church, to understand that our faith is both deeply intimate and yet still a mystery.  The dear Holy Father’s words on “full, active, and conscious participation” pushed me to really commit myself to learning about Catholicism.  I will miss his gentle shepherd’s presence.

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