Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter! What interesting timing, too, in light of the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and the upcoming conclave to the select the next Roman Pontiff.
|Thanks to my friends at NET Ministries for this pic!|
In Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down from the office due to not feeling to have sufficient strength to fulfill the obligations of the office and ministry of the Roman Pontiff, I believe that he acts as a sign to the world that Jesus came not only to exercise authority, but more importantly to pour himself out in self-emptying sacrifice and prayer. As we see Benedict acting similarly in renouncing worldly power and entering into a life of monastic prayer, let us join in praying for him and for his successor to the Chair of St. Peter.
Also, The Vatican, during Pope Benedict XVI's reign as pontiff, has made some awesome technological strides. Be sure to check out this special page on the Vatican's news website for news on the current Pope's final days in office, the upcoming conclave, and more Catholic excitement!