A Humble Worker in the Vineyard of the Lord

Posted by Father Willy Raymond, CSC

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Mar 2, 2013 2:00:37 AM

Let us pray.

O God eternal shepherd,

who govern your flock with

unfailing care,

grant in your boundless fatherly


a pastor for your Church

who will please you by his


and to us show watchful care.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ,

your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Roman Missal, Third Edition,

For the Election of a Pope or Bishop, © 2010, ICEL

"And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, Each of us is loved, Each of us is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him." Benedictus PP XVI

It's been 598 years since Pope Gregory XII resigned to make way for a peaceful and unified household of the Lord. Now Pope Benedict XVI makes way for a new pope to lead the People of God deeper into the 21st century.  Before he goes we have to thank Pope Benedict for the brilliant first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est {God is love} in 2005; none better. This was followed by Spe Salvi, Saved in Hope, 2007, which calls Mary, the Star of Hope. Then came Caritas in Vertitate {Charity in Truth} in 2009, his powerful encyclical on the economy and social teaching of the Church. Finally, the Apostolic Exhortation following the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church called Verbum Domini. This is the most helpful and lucid essay or book I have ever encountered on the role and interpretation of scripture. Add to all these the signal and masterful achievement of his literary life, Jesus of Nazareth in three volumes. This makes him a giant in the Christian world trying to know the Lord more fully. He has almost completed a work on Faith to round out the three theological virtues. This great pope has been preeminently a teacher of the joy and beauty of the faith. He loves the Church and has spent his brilliant life in her service, as he said eight years ago at his election to the Chair of Peter, a "Humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."

Thank you, Good Pope Benedict XVI!

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