What strikes me most about our shepherd and his decision is that the Moms and I know, the Moms with whom I am blessed to share friendship, is that we all want nothing more than some piece of him for our children and their futures. Some nugget, something to hold onto. The days ahead are uncertain..... we know though, that our Papa is not leaving us "orphans" as he has gently explained.
Here's what I want for my children: Words. The words of our Pontiff which I want most for my boys to remember, to make their own are these:
“I hope that among those of you listening to me today there are some of the future saints of the 21st century. What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you. By far the best thing for you is to grow in holiness.”
When my boys were just 5 and 2 1/2, our Holy Father assumed the Chair of St Peter. He is the Pope they know. Yes, we talk of our Bl JPII; boy, do we talk of our JPII. He is larger than life to them. He is the stuff of legend. Yet, he is reality. His youth, his early adulthood in Nazi - occupied Poland, his secretive entrance into the seminary. And when he was Bishop of Rome, kissing the ground upon disembarking on his travels..... forgiveness of his would-be assassin... our Blessed Karol emulated humility, did he not? In fact, his life, was it not, was a testament to service and trust in our Lord.
But what most intrigues my kids is his friendship with our Papa Ben. For theirs was a story that transcended time and history. All the chapters in all the history books of the 20th century come to this. Their bond, despite it all. So we look with sadness, but anticipation, to the future.
Yesterday, my dear friend Allison, shared the beautiful photo above, along with the Twitter event on Facebook and on her blog.
I've been blessed with inspiration and the peace that comes through acceptance by Allison's affinity for our Papa Benedict which shines through her posts.
Well. we've been reading, crafting, researching and learning a tremendous amount around our Holy Father in the two and half weeks since he announced his abdication. I'd love to share a couple of resources I have found; these are chock full of plans for a study of the papacy. If these are new to you, you're in for a treat. I can't wait to adapt a few of these ideas:
Take Up and Read: Unit Study on the Papacy and Shower of Roses: Papal Unit Study and Lapbook. are bursting with creativity. Wait until you see what these ladies have put together.
Also, my friend Nancy at The Breadbox Letters, has written a beautiful farewell and included a compilation of papal blog posts. Please click over if you've not been there yet today; it is a treat.
Tracy, of A Slice of Smith Life, another creative blogger I am proud to call "friend," has complied a few fun and meaningful activities as well. I love how she weaves family life into the seasons and the curriculum.
You'll also find some informative links to Papa Ben's life, his writings, light fiction around the papacy and the election of a new pope in my post, Papal Resources.
Have you seen this Busted Halo video yet? Don't miss it! Enjoy....
And from the Pope's twitter page yesterday:
We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new.
All that's we need for today. For the future, right?
Friends, thank you for stopping in. Can you believe that tomorrow begins March? Spring is in the air. As is hope........
Until next time,