After I heard the news that Pope Benedict was renouncing the papacy, I felt moved to record a brief, from-the-heart video expressing my thoughts and feelings. (I don’t like the word “renounce” either, but it is the technically correct term, and it was used by Pope Benedict in his announcement.)
I decided to do the video unscripted, in the form of a video open letter to Pope Benedict, expressing my admiration for him and my gratitude for his service to the Church.
I know he doesn’t know who I am and that he may never see the video, but I wanted to do it anyway.
I have very much valued the service Pope Benedict has given the Church. I have been an admirer of his for many years before he was elected pope, and his service to the Church was already staggering.
When he agreed to shoulder the burden of being the successor of St. Peter, the vicar of Christ, I cheered!
I had been afraid to let my hopes get up that he would be elected pope, but he was!
He is an awesome teacher and a man of deep thought, profound piety, and amazing humility.
I will miss him terribly. I respect and accept his decision. But I could not let this occasion pass without expressing the burden of my heart.
Here’s the video . . .
Now that I’ve had my say, it’s time for yours.
After making the video, it struck me that it would be possible to get people’s expressions of love and gratitude to Pope Benedict after he leaves office. (He’ll be far too busy beforehand.)
Therefore, I invite you to use the comments box to express your prayers and best wishes to Pope Benedict.
After his departure, I will print your messages in a large-type, easy-to-read format and send it to him, along with a cover letter again expressing my own gratitude to him.
(Before sending it, I will also delete any inappropriate messages, so keep it positive.)
But please, do, let him know how much you love him and value his service as the successor of St. Peter and how you support him at this challenging time.
Thank you, and God bless you.