Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI: The First Year

From Time Magazine:

Even in the first weeks, it was clear that he was not a chilly and unbending bureaucrat, but a basically gentle man with excellent listening skills and a gift with words.


From Me:

I reject those (like George Weigel) who say that the crowds coming to St. Peter's for this pope are coming not to see him but to listen to him. As one of those who has come to St. Peter's since his election, I came not to hear him teach in Italian but to see him in person and I dare say that the mass of people that surrounded me were there for the same reason.
What I agree with Weigel on is that this Pope is very readable and I do visit the Vatican website to read all of his addresses which are like attending a great class on the Christian faith...he can communicate through the written word in a way that wasn't true for Pope John Paul II...but he also comes across great in person in a dignified way.
He has been a surprise, because a year later while John Paul the Great is still thought of in that way, Benedict is on his way to leaving what I predict will be a suprisingly great mark on the Church as well.

1 comment:

  1. J.M.J.

    Michael,

    I couldn't agree more.

    "Commander's Intent" clearly flows from the person and words of Pope Benedict XVI. IMHO his "gift" to the Holy Mother Church is to concretize the phenomenological gifts of his predecessor.

    John Paul II was called to love the Church and its culture unto death, to plumb the ocean depths to set the foundation for a universal bridging project.

    Pope Benedict, "God's civil engineer" is poised to start a massive construction project (not unlike the "impossible" Strait of Messina Suspension Bridge connecting the mainland of Italy to Sicily).

    http://www.strettodimessina.it/index-e.html

    Those aweful straits (Scylla and Charybdis) that terrified brave Ulysses are about to be conquered by modern technology.

    Benedict is also called to battle the "clashing rocks" of internal scandal and the "dictatorship of relativism" as he works on his Truth-Love-Power bridging Project in the Holy Spirit.

    Benedict's bridge will offer us a choice, by providing humankind with a narrow, but absolutely safe passage over some very "Troubled Waters," through, with, and in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    This bridge is clearly the universal Truth of the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Love.

    Benedict's commander's intent is to make it clear that humanity must "fall in love" with the Blessed Sacrament and seek the Light of Christ, for only in this Light is there hope of Eternal Life.

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