Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Some thoughts on the Conclave

Over the last few weeks, I keep hearing from many "progressive" or "liberal" Catholics that we must have a pope which moves the Church forward.  That we must change as to be a reflection of the time.  Whether that be married clergy, women priests, accepting of gay marriages, etc., we must change.  That we need a pope like that of John XXIII. 

A friend of mine recently pointed me to the blog of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the Catholic Church in NYC.  He wrote: "Billy Graham use to say, the aim of life is to change our lives to conform to God's will, not to change God's will to match ours.  We let God re-create us in His image; we do not attempt to create God in our image. "

As the conclave has now officially begun, it is important for Catholics (and those in Communion with Rome) to pray for our Cardinals, that the Holy Spirit guides them to choose the person who is best for the Church at this time.

Let us keep in mind the following prayer, which has been promoted by the Knights of Columbus:

Lord Jesus Christ , Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter's faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever."

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