“In my lifetime, there have been three popes. We know the legacy of two of them, one has just begun. The first pope was a fan overflowing with charisma, bringing the joy of Christ around the world. As his life ebbed away, he showed us all the intense love we find uniting our suffering with Christ. The second, a gifted and quiet evangelist by word, a defender of the faith who may someday be up for consideration as a Doctor of the Church. His abdication showed us all how to humbly go forth, knowing that Our Lord has taken all that we have to give in that capacity and that we must find another way to serve Him. From what I can tell of the third, it seems that we will be reminded very soon of what it means to evangelize through humble service. And while he stirs up Catholics all around the world to live, breathe, and profess the faith, he will unite us all.”
Well, I was going to expand on this brilliant insight by my friend Joe Bender, but it very much speaks for itself I believe.
Let us give thanks to God for such incredible Popes and pray for our new Holy Father.
VIVA IL PAPA FRANCESCO!!!!!!!!!!!
Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis I
Prayer for the Pope by Pope Leo XIII
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.