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.