So, I usually don't check the news, but today I did, and what do I find?
Papa Ben is resigning?!?!?!
I don't really know what to think. I have so much respect for him, and I am sure that he would not do so if he did not feel after much prayer and consideration that this was best for the Church. In the last few months he has apparently been feeling much more infirm. He is 85, although I think he looks great for 85, but obviously there are a lot of demands and looking great is not the same as being able to appropriately take care of all the duties of the papacy.
That being said, I texted a couple of my friends this morning and mentioned that I felt like my dad just said he was too old to be my dad anymore and was stepping down from the position.
There are a lot of great candidates out there, so I'm not so worried about the future, just shocked and blown away at the moment. I can't believe we'll have a different pope by Easter! Crazy!
I will definitely be praying for Papa Ben in the last few days of his papacy and for the Cardinals and they face the task of electing a new pope, and for the new pope and the challenges he will face. I guess Lent is a good time for all this to happen, since we're all more focused on prayer already!
I do almost feel sorry for all of those that will think that this is the time to elect a new pope that will be ready "change with the times", since they don't realize that many of the things that they want changed about the Catholic Church are not things that the pope has the authority to change. No, sorry. STILL not going to happen.