Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

7/19/2009 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

As you see, because of my accident, I am a bit limited in my movements, but my heart is fully present, and I am here with you with great joy!

This injury is an invitation to all of us to thank the Lord for the gift of the Church and for the security and stability which comes from the Chair of Peter. Most especially it is a time to thank the Lord for this Pope, Pope Benedict XVI.

This injury is an invitation to all of us to thank the Lord for the gift of the Church and for the security and stability which comes from the Chair of Peter. Most especially it is a time to thank the Lord for this Pope, Pope Benedict XVI.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/19/2009 (5 years ago)

Published in Europe


ROME (Catholic Online) - It was not that long ago that we all watched as an extraordinary and very holy Pope, known to love the mountains, fell prey to the frailties of age before our eyes. The Late Servant of God John Paul II who strode out onto St Peters Balcony and into the world’s heart by proclaiming “Be Not Afraid” became a prophetic sign for the whole world as he suffered and died before our eyes with a beauty incapable of being expressed with words.

The Chair of Peter became a wheel chair. We watched a holy man die the way he had lived, conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ, becoming a grain of wheat whose death brought continued life to the Church and through her to the world.

Perhaps that is why that same world, knowingly or unknowingly, watched with such rapt attention and concern as his worthy successor, Pope Benedict XVI, this gentle man of diminutive stature who is such an intellectual giant, slipped and broke his wrist while on a much deserved break in the mountains.

The world knows that this similarly holy man who took the name Benedict in order to send a signal of the significance of our time and the mission of the Church, really is the successor of the Apostle Peter. In a world full of leaders who are ever so eager to speak, so full of empty wind, he is actually filled the Holy Spirit and speaks only when he has something worth saying.

Reports indicate that he arrived at the hospital with little fanfare, walking inside the emergency room with his aides. He insisted the he get no special treatment, he just wanted to wait with everyone else for the X Ray.

The operation went well, that is for an 82 year old man. This prolific writer had just finished giving the world a masterpiece on the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church entitled “Charity in Truth.” The pundits were still trying to call it "liberal" or "conservative" when it is neither, it is Catholic! The ink was not even dry and then he fell!

He has broken the wrist of his writing hand! I am sorry, am I the only one who thinks that this is symbolic? I have seen no commentary on the significance of this injury. It is well known that this Pope actually writes much of his extraordinary thought in long hand. He does so with the very hand which is now immobilized because of the break.

It is also well known that Professor Ratzinger, ever the teacher, loves to write. It is one of his main forms of artistic expression, relaxation, inspiration, ministry and re-creation. Now, due to the reality of the exigencies of normal human life, his vacation plans have been scuttled; the hoped for opportunity to write during this particular vacation has been curtailed. However, there was not a word of complaint from Pope Benedict XVI.

Newspapers were filled with his gracious expressions of gratitude toward all who treated him. This is all so very human and that is why it is also so very beautiful. That is after all the point. He is called to invite us all by word and example to live fully human lives, redeemed now in Christ.

Like his predecessor and dear friend, the Servant of God John Paul II, Pope Benedict is very prone to quote these extraordinary words from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World issued by the Second Vatican Council:

“22. The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come, namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear.”

In his fall and in his response he has shown us a heart which is humble, human and beating with the Heart of Jesus Christ. On the Lord’s Day, he came out to meet the faithful. He raised his hands to greet the faithful who had gathered in this mountain village. He showed them the cast. He then spoke with simplicity and true humanity "As you see, because of my accident, I am a bit limited in my movements, but my heart is fully present, and I am here with you with great joy!"

As he had done in the hospital he showed both human and supernatural virtues by continuing to thank all who had helped him noting that "many have shown me, at this time, their closeness, their warmth, their affection and have prayed for me…. they have reinforced the network of prayer that unites us in every part of the world."

However, let’s be honest, Pope Benedict XVI is the oldest Pope to have been elected at the age of 78. He had planned to use this well deserved “vacation” to work on the second part of his extraordinary book entitled “Jesus of Nazareth.” His kind and sincerely joyful demeanor was inspiring as he told the faithful “Let’s hope it will be a complete success.” He led them in prayer and again thanked the Doctors and Nurses who cared for him.

When all is said and done, the human frailties of this wonderful Pope are a cause for all of us to stop and pray for him. He is an older man. Anyone who has cared for aging parents knows that when they fall, not only are their bones more brittle, but one must be concerned about the reason why.

This injury is an invitation to all of us to thank the Lord for the gift of the Church and for the security and stability which comes from the Chair of Peter. Most especially it is a time to thank the Lord for this Pope, Pope Benedict XVI.

Let’s be honest, we are living in a very difficult time in human history. The Church is the only hope for this world because she continues the redemptive mission of the Lord until He comes again.

Pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Pray for our beloved Church.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Europe

Terrorist attack plans AGAINST THE VATICAN unveiled during police raids in Italy Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An al-Qaeda-linked terror cell, who once had direct contact with Osama bin Laden and planned an attack on the Vatican, has been uncovered and broken up during raids by the Italian police this week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The group in question is believed ... continue reading


North African immigrants flooding Italy - as many as 200,000 could be there in a year Watch

Image of Arrivals of migrants usually spike in the spring and summer months due to more inclement weather in the Mediterranean.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Italy has become a gateway for many African and Middle Easterners fleeing their war-torn lands for peace and prosperity. It is estimated that as many as 5,000 migrants a week arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports. This is leading to a crisis, with ... continue reading


Pope urges Christians and Jews to UNITE to defeat persecution in Europe Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Meeting with a 30-member delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis said that European Christians and Jews must stand together to defend one another from discrimination and persecution around the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Money running out, Greek government orders raid on government coffers Watch

Image of Hopes of securing a deal by the end of the month have faded, following a fraught week in which debt drama moved temporarily to Washington for the IMF's spring conference.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Greek government has ordered a mandatory transfer of cash reserves from state-owned enterprises to the central bank. The action is a frantic bid to gather enough cash to remain solvent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Citing "extremely urgent and ... continue reading


HISTORIC MEETING: Pope Francis meets with rabbis to decry growing anti-Semitism in Europe Watch

Image of In the face of rampant secularism in Europe and other parts of the world, Pope Francis suggested that Jews and Christians have a co-responsibility to keep faith in God alive.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis met in the Vatican with a delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis, the first time a pope has ever met with the Conference. Foremost in the meeting were the troubling "anti-Semitic trends in Europe." The Pope called it a cause for worry, ... continue reading


Muslim migrants threw Nigerian and Ghana Christians overboard, police say Watch

Image of More than 10,000 people have arrived on Italian shores from Libya since last weekend alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Muslims among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat killed 12 fellow passengers by throwing them overboard because they were Christians, Italian police say. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 15 people have been arrested on suspicion of ... continue reading


Rare phenomenon 'worm rainfall' observed in Norway, scientists still baffled Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of earthworms were observed falling from the sky across the southern part of Norway, which still baffles the scientists. The rare phenomenon was sighted by a Biology teacher Karstein Erstad, as he was skiing in the mountains near Bergen last weekend. ... continue reading


Pope Francis is part of 'evil front' against Turkey, prime minister declares Watch

Image of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused Pope Francis of being part of an "evil front" plotting against his country. The Pope used the term "genocide" in describing the massacre of one million Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Vatican-backed exorcism course warns of 'beautiful young vampires' Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Beautiful young vampires," in vitro fertilization and gay rights were among the warnings for possession presented during a Vatican-backed exorcism course. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Vampires from pop culture Hollywood films, like Twilight and True Blood, were ... continue reading


Pope Francis' talk about Satan increases worldwide interest in exorcism Watch

Image of A week-long exorcism conference, held this week at the Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum in Rome and endorsed by the Vatican, is being attended by around 160 Catholic priests from around the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The world is now in the throes of an increased awareness of Satan and the "dark arts" of exorcism. Pope Francis' fire-and-brimstone language, coupled with his frequent references to the Devil has raised awareness of the Evil One once again into the mainstream of ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 5:5-14
5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 16:15-20
15 And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 25th, 2015 Image

St. Mark
April 25: The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter