I noticed that the new Pope "Francis" or so he says (good name to pick though I'll certainly give him that) during his opening remarks asked after
prayers for himself, and a few remarks about brotherly love, asked for prayers for Joseph Ratzinger who he referred to as Bishop Emeritus,
specifically, prayers for protection, you know as if he might be in jeopardy in some way. Meanwhile as the Pope it appears that he (Ratzinger)
anticipated, and even wrote about prior to his Papacy, the notion of a Pope having the right to "retire". He THEN went on to talk about "Raising the
Bastions". Here, listen to his homily after his resignation called
Quo-Vadis-Petre ~ Where are you going Peter?
of the same name.
The last bastion.. by anticipation.
What does it mean? Things that make ya go hmmm...
"Please pray for his protection" said the newly elected Francis..
Well if this is the case having been to the wall and back a couple of times myself, I'll go for that, even though the dirty rascal planned it all
along to BE "the last bastion".
What does that mean to me, it all depends on how you fame it, let me put it that way and leave it at that..
The poor dear.
He's in MY prayers (honestly), I can tell you that even in spite of himself, and myself, after all it's true that we have all sinned, some of us
moreso than others, and that in his words, Ratzinger's words by twitter
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Sunday Feb 10th, 2013 via Twitter
Benedict XVI @Pontifex
We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.
and in resigning his office
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my
defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ
Oh dear God it's so amuzing, a double bind of sorts that the new Pope can't shake so easily, because he's got got this man an ex-Bishop hidden
somewhere in the bowels of the Vatican dedicated to prayer and introspection and contemplation, who the rest of us will never see again.
He may indeed have gone crazy, stuck the midst of the divided middle as the "last bastion" of somethingorother. That would be enough to drive anyone
right over the edge, to the point that you have no option but to go to your knees in absolute repentance and surrender to the power of God's mercy and
What a thing!
Forgive me i can't help but to find this humorous in some strange way it's nothing against Roman Catholicism or the Roman Catholic Church in the least
(I am praying for both of them actually),.
Now of course I'm not pretending to know his state of mind other than to say from personal experience, he did the right thing but for the wrong
reasons, so it's something that he needs to resolve with God. He might have even screwed up for a time and got his Gods wrong for all we know. By the
look of him he didn't seem I don't know "glowy" is the best word I can come up with, but he did at the end (his hair was sure white as snow).
God Bless him!
Now that's funny!
If he were reading ATS in his spare time, or via some tech geek in the Holy See - then he's ROTFLHAO right now at this very moment, manically, but for
all the RIGHT reasons now, this time 'round anyway..
But I thought it was quite significant that Francis asked that we pray for his ex-Bishop's protection.
My prayers are with them, and with us all. Amen.
(Your true brother in Jesus Christ our common Lord and living God.)
edit on 15-3-2013 by NewAgeMan because: edit