Friday, February 22, 2013

Lent Day 10: The Chair (and Technology) of St. Peter

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

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!
This feast, which does not celebrate an actual piece of furniture but rather commemorates the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope, reminds us of the primacy of the office over the particular man who holds and exercises it. In this feast, Catholic Christians celebrate the unity of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, and renew our assent to the Magisterium (or teaching authority) of the Roman Pontiff, extended both to truths which are solemnly defined ex cathedra (from the chair), and to all the acts of the ordinary Magisterium (the Church's teaching office).

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!

And while you're at it, look at this awesome interactive virtual Sistine Chapel tour the Vatican website also set up for your enjoyment!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and be assured of my prayers.

Peace and all good,

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