Dear Friends and Family,
Yesterday the Holy Father gave his last Sunday Angelus
Address from his study window.
I arrived an hour and a half before, and Saint Peter’s
Square was already almost filled with people: priests, nuns, babies, old folks,
large families, tourists… you name it. Lots of people asked where the Holy
Father would be coming out, so I pointed them to his study window, top floor,
second from the right. There were all kinds of groups with banners wishing the
Holy Father well, and one banner that said, “Pope Benedict for Pope, Again!”
Everybody cheered when they opened the Pope’s window before the talk, and they
really thundered when he finally appeared.
|Saint Peter's Square February 24th - Pope Benedict's Last Angelus|
He spoke about Sunday’s Gospel – the Transfiguration – and
how our daily prayer must be the inspiration behind who we are and all we do.
He feels that this gospel applies well to him, since he is now going up the
mountain to a life of prayer. He said he will “serve
the Church with the same dedication and the same love” but “in a way that is
more adapted to my age and my strength.”
For me it was another confirmation that the Holy Father
humbly knows himself and his own limits, and is not afraid to make even the
hardest of decisions. Back in 2005, he was asked by God to give his own plans
up, and he accepted. Now in 2013 he’s not giving up on himself or on the
Church, he’s just confidently entrusting the future to God.
|There were even people on the roof!|
I took some pictures and attached them to this email. It had
been raining all morning, but brother sun poked his head out for the occasion.
There’s a shot of a little Italian boy playing soccer with his dad while
waiting for the Pope. I drew a diagram of the square, with the Sistine chapel
chimney marked. There’s also a video, which, though a bit jittery, gives you a
good idea of how many people were there. It starts out with Pope Benedict’s
blessing (he still sings it in Latin – how’s that for 85!) and I’m sure many
graces pass along to all who watch it.
|Saint Peter's Square Explanation|
|Italian Boy Playing Soccer|
Next stop, Benedict’s last public appearance on Wednesday.
I’ll keep you posted!
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