Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision to step down from the throne of Peter. I heard about it from a friend and my first reaction was one of shock and disbelief. I thought she was joking, but she was not. I didn't even know the Pope could resign; I assumed, and I do not think I am alone in this, that once elected Pope the person pretty much had to stay in the office until death. Apparently not, although the last Pope to resign did so 600 years ago.
The Bumper, who is 2yrs old, most adequately described how our family felt, when while watching the news of his announcement she turned to me and said, "Papa?"
I told her "Yes that is the Pope."
"Papa," she repeated and started to cry.
"I sad," she said.
When I asked her why she was sad all the Bumper did was repeat "Papa."
We are sad, but we trust that the Pope is doing his best to follow God's will for his life.
In the end that is all any of us as Christians can do.
So here is my prayer for Benedict XVI - May the peace of Christ be with you as you continue to follow the Lord and to serve his people in prayer and contemplation.