Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI is in America tonight. (Not sure where I am going with all this. Just thoughts, I suppose.)

The Pope--The bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter, chief of the whole Church, and the Vicar of Christ on earth.


This is my favorite image of him. Not sure who the photographer was, but it was taken the day he was announced his new position. I like it so much, because of how his heart was seen through the light in his eyes. And, I like how he waves to all people. I just do--it is such a kind wave. He waves, almost as if he were playing the precious piano for all, puts his hands together, waves again, and then, he waves with both hands apart. I know it by heart! :)

(Odd how I notice such things. I just see small things, like the way he waves, or the sounds of my boyfriend's shoes on the hardwood floor, as beautiful. They bring SUCH smiles to my face. I am just that way, I guess.)

Going back first,... I watched a recorded John Paul II being visited after his death by millions of people from all around the world. Believers shouting "Saint", shedding tears, coming to pay last respects in St. Peter's Square to a great man.

I have seen this on many occasions. It brings tears each time. As well, the smile on Pope Benedict's face, even during such a time, brings tears too. They are tears from separate emotions, but from the heart nonetheless.

Not sure how I felt when I first found out he was to be the Pope after John Paul II passed away. It was nothing against him at all. I guess I felt that no one could replace such an all mighty man. I truly loved Pope John Paul II. So, I was hoping our new Pope could show us the same ("insert the word I cannot find here").

Now? Well, I truly believe in him. He is amazing. And, not only is he the Pope, but he is a writer and pianist. He also enjoys Mozart! There is so many wonderful things he has done in his life. Here is a quick biography of his life:


He is an intellectual, warm-hearted, and if he has not already, will win the hearts of all mankind. I have faith in this.

I really would like to go to his mass on Thursday, but I cannot. I will be there in soul, though. I wish him such strength and Peace during all he does here in America for these next days, as well as, through-out his life.

One thing that touches my heart: he says he is ashamed at some things happening in the Catholic churches of America. Some who were abused, say he should be ashamed. That upsets me very much. How can people say such things about him? Pope Benedict XVI is who he is, but he cannot take blame for other's actions. He does so out of his pure heart. But it is not anyone's fault but the ones who have committed these awful actions.

We trust, and from within this trust we give, we sometimes find that we should never have. But that is how we all learn. It is as much a part of Life as love or hate. And, everyone deserves trust at least once.

Deep down inside, above all we are, ... we are human.

Moving on,...

The ones who are able to go to his mass, are indeed fortunate. I know they will walk away with more than just Peace. He is going to do so many good things in this world. And I know he deserves all the love and respect he has, and will have along his way to place faith into the hearts of the ones who have not yet begun to believe.

A very Happy Birthday to him.

One this I really wish for tonight? I wish I could hug his shame away.

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