Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Not In Control

I am as surprised as any about the resignation of Pope Benedict but my reaction is not anywhere near being shocked by it. Most things are out of our control in this life yet at the same time all things are in God's control. God saw fit for the Pope to step down. It is the Holy Spirit that protects His Church and though we may not always understand the ways of the Church we know that God is there guiding us.

We are not in control. When we are asked to obey and follow the teachings of the Church there is a certain amount of comfort in this for me. Without the Church we would be left to believe and make decisions in areas where most of us would not have a clue as to where to begin. No? How many of us by this time would have already followed the world if the Church had not taught us about the evils accepted by the world such as abortion, homosexual acts, euthanasia, marriage et cetera? In these cases, the world seems to have the upper hand but it doesn't. The Truth always wins out.

Many are dismayed by the Popes resignation. Don't be. We are not in control of God's plan and I know with an increasing comfort that God knows what He's doing and He's doing it for the love of His Church. There is no fear to be had today but comfort,. at least for me because my Father is in control of the Church..


  1. I've noticed that the Catholic Cybersphere is full of articles dissecting the Pope's words and trying to figure out what he really meant.

    Why not just take His Holiness at his word? Has he not always been clearly frank and charitably truthful? He feels his health is not going to allow him to continue, and he feels it is best for the Holy Church and his own soul if he resigns.

    Let's leave it at that.

  2. Jack, human beings are a curious lot and when something such as this occurs that hasn't happened in 600 years, then naturally people question whether or not there is some unknown nuance in the reason given. It's neither good or bad. I've learned a long time ago not to fish too deep in secular media when it comes to the Church and the media's methods of reporting about our Faith. Most have no idea how our Church works or why it is even here, so much of their reporting is done out of ignorance. Catholic Blogs have also wondered about the timing of the Pope's renouncement and there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it may go beyond what is necessary, but much of what I read is pretty much natural and normal wonderment of this announcement.

  3. If you want to read a HORRIBLE commentary about the Pope's resignation, go to


    This is the sort of thing I'm talking about.

  4. I hemmed and hawed about publishing that link Jack only because I don't want to support such a site. It is disturbing to say the least and I hope that anyone who links to it from my blog will realize that I am not promoting it in the least.


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