Today is the Pope's 83rd birthday! Happy birthday to our Holy Father! In other news, the Pope's homily from yesterday is making headlines. In it, he referred to scandals as penance that is 'a grace.' Here is a quote from CNS linked above:
The pope said Christians know that "to open oneself to forgiveness, to prepare oneself for forgiveness, to allow oneself to be transformed, the pain of penance -- that is to say of purification and of transformation -- this pain is grace, because it is renewal, and it is the work of divine mercy."You have given us lots to reflect upon, today, Pope Benedict! Let us pray for him especially today on the occasion of his birth (for which I am most thankful) and offer up our little sufferings to alleviate his!
In his homily, the pope also spoke about the liberating effect of obeying God, even in a world that likes to pretend that freedom means doing whatever the individual wants to do, but still insists on everyone conforming to what the majority believes and does.
Without a reference to God and to God's will for his creation, the final arbiter of right and wrong becomes majority rule or the dictates of the most powerful, he said.
Photo found at American Papist