29 April 2005

Pope Benedict XVI

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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI

"The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with inadequate instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers."

With those words, the newly elected 265th Pope greeted the world from St. Peter's Basilica. Many people in the media predicted Cardinal Ratzinger's election. They failed, however, to foresee the kind, pastoral side of "God's Rottweiler." The Pope wasted no time setting forward his "program of governance." He told us that his plan is not to do his own will, but to listen to the will of God. In his inaugural Mass, he focused his homily on the two symbols of his ministry.

The pallium and the fisherman's ring are the "two liturgical symbols which represent the inauguration of the Petrine Ministry." The pallium is a mantle made out of wool. It can represent the sick and weak sheep being placed over the shoulder of the shepherd. The Holy Father, in light of his role as successor of St. Peter, saw his mission as following Christ's command to the first Pope: "Feed my sheep." He noted that a shepherd must love and take care of his sheep.

The fisherman's ring again represents his predecessor, St. Peter, and the Pope's Petrine Ministry. Christ told the apostles that they would become "fishers of men." The Church, in continuing this mission, works "to win men and women over to the Gospel." Not only do the non-believers need to be drawn in, but also those in the Church that have gone astray. The Holy Father will work to bring all Catholics, and all Christians too, into the fullness of the Faith.

He closed his homily by recounting Pope John Paul II's words when he was elected. "Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ!" We must all open our hearts to Christ. Only then will we find true life. To all that would say that this Pope lacks the pastoral care of his predecessor, this stirring message flatly denies this idea. I believe that His Holiness will be a true pastor, a shepherd for the Church. Make no mistake, he will not present a watered down message. Rather, he will lovingly preach the Truth that is Christ. His rod may come down on the dissenters, but his shoulders will carry those same lost sheep. Thank God for Pope Benedict XVI.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!! I am so excited about Pope Benedict. He is so awesome. His humility is so sweet to see. I believe that he will work wonders in certain areas of the Church that need attention. Just keep the prayers for him coming.
Love,
Catholic Mom

May 29, 2005 11:00 PM  
Blogger David Ketter said...

Shows some promise, may we yet see "the glory of the olives" (you know of what I speak) that the mystery may finally be revealed.

June 15, 2005 9:29 PM  
Blogger Iesous Agape Su said...

God help those who have made the pope their ultimate authority. I don't mean to spam or post any inflammatory remark, but my heart is saddened that people would belittle Christ and His Word for the sake of "The Church" or the "Pope", both of which only produce lies for the world to feed on and degenerate. If any of you desire to email me, please do so at cummingsam777@aim.com ...I doubt you will, but who knows? Our God is a sovereign God, and He will bring whomsoever He wills to out of the misleading cult known as Roman Catholicism. I am not some random, blogging fruitcake, but my heart is truly saddened and infuriated at the same time as I read all of this nonsense about Mary being the "blessed mother" and the Pope being infallible "ex cathedra". I will pray for the Roman Catholic Church, and those who have fallen prey to its system.

October 19, 2005 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

*Note*

The opinions expressed in the preceding statement are those of its author and do not reflect the beliefs of Testimony to Truth, its staff, the Catholic Church, or its 1.1 billion members worldwide. Thank you. Just had to get that out... :P

While we know we are not pawns of a global system that condemns us to hell, we appreciate your prayers and hope that God will direct them to our true areas of need.

October 23, 2005 2:52 PM  

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