Fiat voluntas Tua

Mar 5, 2013 by

Pope Benedict XVI has stepped down. Having examined his conscience before God, he said to the Lord  Fiat voluntas Tua – Thy will be done.  Benedict’s decision was taken “in full awareness of its gravity and rarity but also with profound serenity of spirit.” In a gesture of great humility and exemplary generosity for the good of the Church, the Holy Father has prepared the way for His successor. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will now continue his pilgrim journey in a new way. He will not be “coming down from the cross” though. Benedict will continue to drink from the Lord’s chalice.

The Church, the body of the Crucified and Risen One, will continue its journey as well. We will do so confident of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s prayers. And that is what is called for at this point – much prayer.

The Lord Jesus has taught us how to pray: Pater Noster qui es in caelis santificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua …

Let us pray to God the Father, in the Son and through Holy Spirit for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us pray for the Cardinal electors. Let us pray for the Church. May we all respond in prayer to this moment as both Benedict XVI and Our Mother Mary did – Fiat voluntas Tua – Thy will be done.


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