Want to know some things about our new Pope? … Saturday, March 9

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Emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Decent of the Holy Spirit. “And Peter, standing up with the Eleven, lifted up his voice and spoke out to them.” Acts 2:14. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Stand up, speak out. And it really is simple but it takes guts. Or the Holy Spirit. Looking at Peter’s track record it’s probably safe to say that the guts part didn’t apply to him so much. He talked a good fight but he ran and he denied. No, I’m not speaking ill of Peter. I like Peter. He reminds me, in ways, of me. Well, if it wasn’t guts that only leaves one thing doesn’t it? God. Currently there’s a lot of speculation, both inside and outside the Church, about who will be our next Pope. If we had someone with the personal experience of Peter, or similar to Peter’s, things, memories of having fallen, all of this to keep him humble, it would be wonderful. Even better, if we have a Pope like Peter, one filled with and guided by the Holy Spirit, one that lives daily his own personal Pentecost, wouldn’t that be great? Guess what. Those memories of having fallen, in whatever way it happens to any given individual? If you’re a follower of Christ my bet is you’ve got some. We all do. So our new Holy Father starts to sound more like Peter, and more like me and you, all the time doesn’t he? Jesus left His Body , the Church, here when He returned to His Father in Heaven. But before He left He promised to send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, in many, many ways, keeps the Church. Someone may say, “Prove it!” And then an unbeliever will tell you how far we’ve drifted from the truth. Uh, yeah, sure. You can make any thing look twisted if you twist it. So the proof that God the Holy Spirit has kept and still keeps His Body is? You could fill a library with books filled with truths both theological and historical but I think two of the easiest to understand are also two of the greatest proofs. Proof number one is simple. After 2,000 years of being in and dealing with and being persecuted by a hostile world, 2,000 years of wrestling with our own mistakes and our own human frailties, we’re still here. How many other organized groups can you name that can make that claim and prove it historically beyond doubt? Only the Jewish faith, and that’s OUR roots! OK, proof number two. Jesus said He’d send the Holy Spirit to keep and guide us and He did. No where are we ever told that He did or would or will take the Spirit back or away. Period. So our new Pope is also going to have the Spirit as his personal guide. Again, just like Peter, and we’ll hope that you and I fall under this heading as well. This is a work of God. Our next Holy Father, whatever name he chooses, whatever his ethnic background, will as the head of Christ’s Body inherit ALL of this. Which means we are guaranteed a good Pope. He is worthy of our support and prayers. Lets beat the rush and start doing these things NOW.

Today … St. Anthony. Hermit of the Benedictine Order. He was a monk at Froidement, in Franche-Comté, France. Anthony lived in a hermitage there and was known for his sanctity. So why did I pick this saint today? Simple. He’s Benedictine and so am I. Just figured we needed equal time. So this is, yes, an advertisement of sorts. The Benedictine Order has been around for the bigger part of Church history. Close to 1,500 years. Check the roster. We’ve got more saints than you can shake an aspergillum at. (I admit I had to look that one up.) There’s a reason this Order has been around so long and has produced so many saints. It’s a vital part of the Church which means that it too is kept by, guided by, and loved by the Holy Spirit. That makes it worth taking part in. Hint.

G. K. Chesterton … “When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.”
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