12 February 2013

Who Should be the Pope

I noticed, this morning, a great deal of discussion online about who should be the pope. I have the answer. The cardinal that should be pope is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. It should be remembered that Benedict XVI is the pope and will remain to be the pope until February 28, 2013, at 8:00 pm (CET). Until that time, I personally believe that any discussion concerning Pope Benedict's successor should be done in a way that affords the greatest respect for our current pope.

Another thing that should be taken into consideration is that if you don't have the word "Cardinal" following your first name, your opinion really doesn't mean anything at all. And, if you do have the word "Cardinal" following your first name, your opinion only means something if you allow your opinion to be formed by the will of God.

11 February 2013

Novena for the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

A friend just sent me some news that, I admit, upset me at first, but after reading the report on News.va, I understand. Today, Pope Benedict XVI said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Now he and his brother can spend the time together they planned to in their retirement, a plan that was altered by the conclave of 2005.

My friend also suggested that we pray a novena from February 19th to February 28th as a 'retirement gift' to our beloved pontiff. This is a very good idea; however, I suggest different dates. The F.S.S.P. has suggested a Novena to St. Peter for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, which is prayed from February 14th to the 22nd. I suggest we pray this novena but extend it an additional six days as a 15 day novena.

06 February 2013

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus

Although I feel a strong desire to promote the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus for any intention, I have a specific intention for myself. I have been diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma.

Please pray the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus, and if you wish, please add my intention. More information about my intention can be found by clicking on "Russell's Intention" (it doesn't look like a link, just plan text) towards the bottom of the page for the Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus. This prayer page can be found by clicking on the picture of Blessed John Duns Scotus in the bottom right hand corner of my website.