Farewell, Pope Benedict XVI
FEBRUARY 28 marks the last day of POPE BENEDICT XVI's papacy. As of March 1, he will be addressed as "Your Holiness Benedict XVI," and referred to as "emeritus pope." He will continue to wear a white cassock, but he is turning in his red loafers for brown ones, according to a Vatican statement released on Feb. 26, 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his farewell speech to cardinals. He plans to spend the remaining years of his life in prayer and meditation, as he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
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The perfection of the Lord's Prayer
THE EARLY CHURCH FATHER Tertullian called the Lord’s Prayer the perfect summary of the whole gospel. The heart of the prayer is an invitation to God to make the kingdom coming a present reality. The fulfillment of that kingdom is the end of all need, so we pray for what mortals need most: provisions, pardon, and protection.
The prayer begins with “you” statements and ends with “we” petitions. That makes sense because faithful people must begin with submission to God’s will before we can anticipate its fulfillment in our present needs. God’s will first; then ours.
. . . Jesus instructs us to begin our prayer intimately, calling on God with the familiarity of a child. Knowing the Holy Name of God presumes intimacy: In the ancient world, such knowledge gave you a certain inside track in a relationship. . . . Everything about this prayer invites God to bring this world ever more closely in line with the new creation promised in Jesus.
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