pope stuff: April 2005 Archives
It's times like this that I really miss having my own computer with one-click blogrolling and one-click blogging installed. I consider it rude to install such comfort measures on another's personal computer.
(A wonderful collection of media quotes from the Weekly Standard's writer Jonathan V. Last )
of interest to me, at least.
I have a google news alert for "catholic, midwife". Some pretty off-the-wall and interesting things turn up in my inbox. For example, in this article, I learned that our new Holy Father was born with the assistance of the village midwife.
What I appreciate is that he looks so rumpled! The robes are tight across his shoulders, his cross is hanging crookedly and you can see a wire or a rope hanging.
We have a papa who is not afraid - he listened to his predecessor and took his words to heart. Be not afraid.
Why are so many in the media surprised that the cardinals elected an orthodox (right believing) catholic as pope? God bless him, papa ratzi had tried several times to retire. Instead, he walked from the Sistine chapel into the room of tears and put on the ill fitting garments of his new position, and walked out on the balcony to confess his willingness to take on the mantle and to ask for our prayers. Urbi et orbi - he blessed us - gave an absolution,
and he said
Dear brothers and sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard.
I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.
In the joy of the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that God will help, and Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.
Yesterday I was listening to NPR's daily show Talk of the Nation. I should probably have turned it off when I heard that they were bringing out Charlie Curran, but I had this almost sick fascination - kind of like slowing down to stare at a particularly gruesome accident. It was the predictable "why doesn't the church ordain women, allow contraception, etc" with the usual misinterpretation of the role of conscience and sensus fidei. What really got to me was that one of the first callers proclaimed her in-law's multigenerational Catholic heritage including one Blessed, stated that she had 'turned Catholic', and then went on to spout off about how the church was wrong about contraception, abortion, gay marriage, women's ordination, and a few other topics. If I hadn't been driving or I would called or sent in an email.
I don't understand anyone would join a group if you don't agree with core values. Well, maybe the caller didn't see those as core values. Charlie Curran certainly didn't. I couldn't disagree with what he did see as core, ( Trinity, sacraments, social justice) the list was accurate but incomplete. It excluded the right to life, the fulfillment of God's plan for us as individuals, sexual morality and the like.
I didn't listen all the way through. I got to the Catholic bookstore where I had been heading and went in. Had a chance to tell another customer about the Perpetual Adoration chapel just across the parking lot, bought myself a pocket medal of St Pio, and then headed on home. Didn't listen to NPR any more that day.
Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? I am so grateful that the electors listened to the Holy Spirit.
EWTN has a Biography up here
Info on St. Benedict here
I appreciate the Benedictines, they are a wonderful monastic order. They also developed a very tasty liquer. I learned a lot about them from reading Kathleen Norris's book Cloister Walk.
I also remember reading In This House of Brede and learning about the Rule of Benedict. I just learned that Diana Rigg (one of my favorite actresses) starred in a movie version of the book - I wonder if it is worth trying to find?
Ragemonkeys list 16 links to info on Benedict XV (the last Pope of that name)
The internet is buzzing as people, from the elite to the humble, try to get information and post commentary. Be patient, many pages are taking twice as long as normal to load, and some sites are crashed completely from overload.
Addendum - President Bush offers congratulations.
It is frustrating to be stuck inside an office with limited contact to the outside world. Thank you to the fellowblogger who sent me this email!
Update: Just heard that Cardinal Ratzinger will be Pope Benedict XVI
Thanks to the technogeeks at Catholic Light!
I guess speroforum did well to run my story on the Cardinal Ratzinger fan club as the lead this week! I hope this doesn't crash Christopher's server. (just checked, looks like the server crashed. Poor Chris!)
that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O LOrd, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.
I don't know about you guys, but I am drowning in all the wonderful stuff being posted all over about our beloved holy father, John Paul the Great. I fully expect him to be names a Doctor of the Church, if only for his Theology of the Body. I haven't said much myself because of all the other stuff that is out there. Try some of these blogs (links in the blogroll) - Flos Carmeli, Apologia, Bettnet, Some Have Hats, even Nathan's blog have well written and reasoned commentary. What more can I say?
One big regret I have is that I didn't make the effort to see the Pope when he was in Los Angeles. I generally tend to stay away from big crowd events. So I missed out on some potential graces there. I am glad that I sent at least one of my kids to a World Youth Day.
About 3 weeks ago (yet it seems aeons) I re-read Morris West's book The Shoes of the Fisherman. It was first published when I was in grade school, and I read it at the time in the Reader's Digest Condensed books version (My mom subscribed and I usually devoured them when they hit the front door. She was lucky if she got to them before I did.)
I read it and was thinking about posting a set of comments on it, especially on how prophetic it truly was. And then the world intruded. We had the murder of Terri Schiavo, the dying and death of the Pope, and I haven't had the heart to do a lot of writing. I'm still having trouble.
This weekend, my husband is part of the team for Cursillo. In a few hours, I will be in my car headed for another part of the state to give a talk on NFP for marriage prep. These are things that were committed to earlier, and they are important. But there is a part of me that just wants to curl up and grieve and do nothing. Somehow, I think that the Holy Father would tell me to get up and get going. Step into the deep. Be not afraid.
John Paul II, pray for me!