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Thursday, February 28, 2013

We Love You, Papa Benedetto!!!!

     You have been a father to Catholics in every land; you have kept faith with tradition while still embracing the modern world; you traveled the globe and left a lasting legacy everywhere you went, including the United States and the United Kingdom; you have touched us all with your penetrating intelligence and gracious warmth; we, the Catholic Youth, would have followed you anywhere. You were our general in the field; our highest ranking official; the dearest member of our spiritual family. We are so sorry, deeply sorry, painfully sorry to see you go. But we know that you have grown old and the task has grown increasingly hard. What you do now, you do for the good of the Church. Know that we will never forget you, and that you will always have a special place in our hearts. Our prayers will always be lifted up for you. Remember us as your children, as we remember you as our father!


    Here is a poem from this blog's poet laureate, Mack in Texas, for our Holy Father Benedict, highlighting the comparison between him and Cincinatus of ancient Rome:


Cincinnatus


When Cincinnatus in a desperate time

Was called to serve the undeserving state

Imperiled by the armies of the kings

And weakened by senatorial whisperings

Our conscript father laid aside the plough

Forswore retirement and his peaceful fields

Unwillingly took up the imperium

And journeyed thus to disharmonious Rome

To teach, to govern, and to sanctify

A people lost and drifting with the age

To hazard all in the forum of the world

Not for himself, not for brittle applause

Blown by the wind, noisy for a brief time

As when October’s leaves make temporal show

And then decay through winter’s cold demands

Nor for the silky smiles of ambassadors

The approval of jugglers and panderers

The cricket-voices of mummers and polls

No

But rather for the fuller at his cloth

The builder with his plans and rule and line

The seamstress working a wedding dress

The laughing child at play with her favorite doll

The sunburnt fisherman drawing his nets

The mother teaching her child his aves

The farmer treading the fruitful furrow

The humble priest offering holy rites

The parish tipstaff on his daily beat

The scrivener with his busy abacus

The chemist with his pots and potions and pills

The healer, whose pallid patients are her prayers

The artist, whose lines and colors delight

The barrister, pleading for true justice

The magister lettering inattentive youths

The woman whose shop displays good, homely needs

The sick man on his penitential bed

The young recruit on obscure weary watch

The wretched beggar who gives holy blessings

For these a Cincinnatus offered all

Repute, honor, perhaps his very life

And when, withered with age and cares of rule

Painfully unsure of step and sight and self

He wisely, humbly left the robes of office

In prayerful trust to the Will of God

And wearily wended to the Altar of beginnings

To give himself and his last days to us

Still serving, bidding for us with priestly heart

Let none he faithfully serves question his prayers

Or mock him with idle speculations

For flattering courtiers are as common as smiles

Painted upon false lips, hiding false desirings

Weak leaders arise from time to time to draft

Houris to their beds and youths to their deaths

And, too, the successors of Simon Magus

Pirouetting in their temples to self

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But Cincinnatus – O happy Cincinnatus!

Whose memory is incense in the night

Or a candle in the holy darkness:

His Tenebrae is our continued blessing


Pax Tecum, Papa Benedetto......


3 comments:

  1. A lovely tribute Pearl, I will miss him too.

    He is obviously very frail, but I hope he gets to relax a bit now and enjoy his time.

    It was only about 6 months ago when I saw him during the audience at the Vatican; who could have guessed such changes were in the pipeline?!

    Any tips or preferences for the new fella?

    Take care
    GWright

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  2. Hi, GWright,

    All tributes to Papa B. are well-deserved. Mack really did a fine job summing him up as the epitome of selfless service.

    It really is amazing how swift and sudden all this shifting took place! God often works in mysterious ways.

    You were really blessed to get the oppurtunity to be in his presence and receive his blessing. Plus, another silver lining to the cloud is.....now you can unveil your "back-of-the-papal-head" photographs that you snapped during the UK visit and try to sell them for a pretty penny on ebay as his "riding off into the sunset" farwell pictures! Just paste some Swiss Guards over the pedestrians in plaid, and no one will know the difference! ;-)

    Let's see....another Italian pontiff is always welcome! After all, after perogies and preztels, pasta would be a nice alternative dish! LOL!

    Blessings,
    Pearl

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    1. Plus, another silver lining to the cloud is.....now you can unveil your "back-of-the-papal-head" photographs that you snapped during the UK visit and try to sell them for a pretty penny on ebay as his "riding off into the sunset" farwell pictures! Just paste some Swiss Guards over the pedestrians in plaid, and no one will know the difference!
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      That's an amazing business plan! I always knew there was a reason I was holding onto those pics haha!

      I will give you 25% commission on all sales, as it was your idea! ;-)

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