If you have any Catholic friends at all you probably saw your Twitter or Facebook page blow up with Today's news. Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down at the end of the month.
Talk about pulling the rug out.
It's all just strange. I don't feel like crying or yelling like some... I just feel strange.
What a strange time of the year to be stepping down - announcing right before Lent and not even staying thru Easter. I can only imagine the seriousness of it all that necessitates such a decision in such an important part of the Liturgical year and respect that. For me it's doubly strange because I'll be going thru the Rite of Scrutiny this weekend which is pretty much the marker that things are getting real and it's strange to think that for the last part of my process we'll be Popeless, at least for a while.
This year is also the Year of Faith and at first I wanted to shout, how dare he do this in the Year of Faith - where will our direction be? Now we have to accept the reasons that we do not, and may not ever, really know; wehttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=630193682294473340#editor/target=post;postID=1043677131616994834 have to trust in the decisions that are going to be made in the next month and we need to rely on each other and on God to guide everyone in this uneasy, transitional time.
Acceptance, Trust, Reliance on each other and God.... Wait a moment.....
That is Faith.
Message heard loud and clear B16. Thank you.