Friday, February 15, 2013

Lent Day 3: The Pope's Parents, and Catholic Pick-up Lines

Hello again, Coffee Talkers!

There is so much that I want to say about our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of his resignation from his Petrine Ministry, but tonight I want to talk a bit about his parents.

Do you know how Pope Benedict XVI's parents met? Any guesses?

I was so touched when I heard the sweet story:

"Middle ranking civil servant, single, Catholic, 43-years-old, immaculate past, from the countryside, is seeking a good Catholic pure girl, who can cook well, and who can do all housework, who is also capable of sewing and a good homemaker in order to marry at the soonest opportunity," it reads. 
"Personal fortune would be desirable but is not however a precondition. Offers, if possible with picture, to box number 734." The ad was placed in the 7 March 1920 edition of the Aotoettinger Liebfrauen Messenger newspaper, a Catholic publication seeking to bring together lonelyhearts of the same religion.

It brought policeman Joseph Ratzinger no results so on July 11 the same year, after he had been promoted a rank, he advertised again and drew a reply from Maria Peintner, born in 1884, and they met at a coffee house in Regensburg - birthplace of the pope - and became engaged days later. 
They married on November 9 that year in a parish church near the city and had three children - Georg, now 82 and a Catholic priest in Regensburg, Joseph, 79, the pope, and a daughter named Maria who died in 1991.
So in honor of yesterday (not the feast of  Cyril and Methodius -- sorry! -- but St. Valentine's Day), and the parents of our reigning pontiff, I've linked here to a list of awesome Catholic pick-up lines. And here's a great song on the same theme, too! 

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

Peace and all good,

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