I was out doing errands yesterday and tuning in to Sacred Heart radio every time I was back in the car. The last 10 minutes of my drive home, I turned it back on and heard the pealing of the bells. I figured it was the end of the day in Rome, and the sun was setting on Papa Bene’s last day as Pope Benedict XVI. Through the tears I managed to call the kids at home and told them to go to EWTN to watch his departure. I cried several times yesterday, and I’m crying again (but hopefully not for long).
At our online pro-life forum, I posted this on Shrove Tuesday:
I respect the Pope’s decision, I’m sure he prayed and discerned and agonized about it a good long while, but I still get the feeling of being abandoned, like when a father turns his back on his children. The pictures of him walking away from his chair aren’t helping. I am grateful for the eight years, though I would have wanted more… but I cannot begrudge him this. And I do believe his health is compromised, so like a daughter I want him to get his rest and be able to live his last days away from the limelight.
I do trust in the Holy Spirit, and in God’s will, and I look forward to our next Pontiff with some degree of cautious excitement, but it will take a while to get back to feeling normal about all this.
So I thought that I’d gather some “mementoes” here to remember our dear Papa.
More resources on Papa Benny gathered from different places on the Web:
Papa Bene’s departure from the Vatican:
More blogs with extensive coverage: