Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Cross

The Cross, passed on from Pope to Pope
As Pope John Paul II suffered through his last few years of his Papacy, ailing with Parkinson's disease and other ailments, he carried the Cross till the very end. Here we see him symbolically passing the cross to his eventual successor Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseo in Rome. He would then carry the cross for 8 years, and now he passes this cross to another Cardinal, whom the Holy Spirit will choose in the upcoming Conclave. As Pope Benedict XVI courageously carried his cross, facing criticism and unfair comments, he now prepares to retire and spend the rest of his life contemplating and reflecting on that Cross. I hope it will not get heavier for him, and and that it won't be cumbersome or unbearable for the next Pope.

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