Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Time for Thanksgiving: 60 years of priesthood for the Pope

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

[Blogger is back, so here's yesterday's post -- finally!]

Today (June 29) not only marks the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul on the liturgical calendar, but is also the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's ordination to the priesthood. Happy anniversary, Holy Father! Here's a video of his priestly ordination from all those years ago:

And here is the closing of Pope Benedict XVI's homily from today:
Sixty years of priestly ministry – dear friends, perhaps I have spoken for too long about this. But I felt prompted at this moment to look back upon the things that have left their mark on the last six decades. I felt prompted to address to you, to all priests and bishops and to the faithful of the Church, a word of hope and encouragement; a word that has matured in long experience of how good the Lord is. Above all, though, it is a time of thanksgiving: thanks to the Lord for the friendship that he has bestowed upon me and that he wishes to bestow upon us all. Thanks to the people who have formed and accompanied me. And all this includes the prayer that the Lord will one day welcome us in his goodness and invite us to contemplate his joy. Amen.
Peace and all good,

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