Thursday, February 28, 2013

@Pontifex tweets have now been removed

It is even Sede Vacante on twitter!

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Rome

Here are some photos taken from the Vatican Player.

The helicopter waits Pope Benedict.

A Swiss Guard awaits the Pope's departure.

Pope Benedict leaves the Papal Household

Pope Benedict flies out of the Vatican

Pope Benedict's helicopter over the Colosseum

Pope Benedict greets the faithful at Castel Gandalfo

Pope Benedict's words at the balcony at Castel Gandalfo

"Thank you, thank you from my heart. I am happy to be here with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your friendship that does me so much good, thank you for your friendship, for caring," he told the cheering crowds from the central balcony of the residence.
"You know that today is different from others … as of 8 p.m., I will no longer be the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. I will simply be a pilgrim who is beginning the last part of his pilgrimage on earth."
"But with my heart, my love, my prayer, with all my interior strength, I will work for the common good and the good of the Church and all humanity," he continued, speaking without a script.
"And I feel greatly supported by your affection. Let us move forward together with the Lord for the good of the Church and the world."
"I will now impart upon you all my Apostolic Blessing.
Thank you and good night. Thank you all!"

Monday, February 25, 2013

This Conclave needs prayer, so...

Check out this website, I have adopted Cardinal Théodore-Adrien Sarr from Senegal.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feast of the Chair of St Peter

I am reposting this post from 2011.

The Chair of Saint Peter is a relic conserved in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, enclosed in a gilt bronze casing that was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This grandiose sculpture monument was created to enclose the wooden chair of St Peter. The chair on which, according to ancient tradition, St. Peter sat and taught Roman Christians. The four statues flanking the throne are Doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose, St. Anthanasius (left); and St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine (right). The fine alabaster window above shows the Holy Spirit as a dove. Above the Chair are two angels bearing the tiara and keys, symbols of the Roman pontiff's authority. On the Chair, are three bas-reliefs picked out in gold, which refer to the same number of Gospel episodes: the Consignment of the keys, Feed my sheep, and the Washing of the feet.

The chair or cathedra of Peter symbolizes the perpetual continuity of the doctrine and its promise of infallibility. It triumphed over all heresies throughout the centuries.

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Your faithful people, mercifully look upon Your servant Pope Benedict XVI, whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Your Church. We beg You to help him edify, both by word and example, those over whom he has charge, that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This day next week our dear Pope Benedict will be gone

Here is a little collage I put together using

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Benedictine Bookshop ....

This morning I finally decided to make a long overdue trip to the new community of Benedictine Monks at Silverstream Priory, just outside Stamullen in county Meath. I met the Prior Fr Mark just  over a year ago, when he had just arrived from Tulsa, Oklahoma  The monastery is only 10 minutes down the road, and I simply could not endure any more housework!

I was looking for the St Joseph First Communion Catechism, as I have misplaced the two copies that we already own. (I probably gave them away). Unfortunately, they did not have have any left, so they are going to order it for me. This little catechism is an excellent must have little book for all Catholic children, and it would do most parents no harm either.

I must say, the Benedictine Gatehouse bookshop really is impressive, and Catholic to the core, no more wading through shelves of wishy-washy nonsense in other book shops, so if you are in the area call in. More information on opening hours etc. can be found at The lovely volunteer who served me, even made me a cup of coffee!

The Gatehouse Bookshop
Benedictine Monastery Stamullen

While in at the Priory, I met Mother Miriam, a Benedictine sister from Tulsa, who was on retreat. Mother Miriam is a convert from Judaism, and was telling me of the six aspirants who will be joining the community on March 2nd in Tulsa. May God bless them on their journey.

Mother Miriam,

I even managed to meet a lovely priest from Drogheda whom I had never set eyes on before. And of course I bought some books!

Some new books
  • Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI Talks to Children on Their First Holy Communion by Pope Benedict XVI, Amy Welborn and Ann Engelhart
  • Prayer for Beginners by Peter Kreeft, Ignatius
  • Be Saints!: An invitation from Pope Benedict XVI by Amy Welborn (editor) and Ann Engelhart

It really was an interesting morning, and in time I will be back to buy some more books!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Resignation video

Pope Benedict

I was in the barbers with my son, when I received a text message on my phone, asking me about Pope Benedict's resignation. I initially dismissed the idea, but since I had my phone in hand, I clicked on my Twitter app. At that stage Twitter was awash with rumors, and as I sat there checking the tweets, official word came through confirming that our beloved Pope Benedict was indeed resigning. Sigh!!!

While I totally respect his judgement, knowing that he is a man of God, and knowing that he would only want what is best for Christ's Bride the Church; I am still heartbroken.

I wanted Pope Benedict to be Pope forever (OK I know that is not possible, but it is wanted I wanted!). 

Off I go now to have a wee cry. 

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