Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pope Benedict at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica

In his Meditation, the Holy Father again made an appeal for more people to give their 'whole being' as priests or in living the consecrated life. (Translation of the relevant paragraph can be seen at Fr Z's blog 'What does the Prayer Really Say?') The Pope's exhortation was particularly fitting I thought. A New calendar year is about to begin but the Church is now at the heart of the Year for Priests.

More security men were in evidence, and in the processions the group immediately surrounding the Pope seemed more tightly formed that has been the case for some time.

I will keep an eye on the news and post if there is pressing need, but otherwise may give myself a couple of days break from blogging.

May Our Lord answer our Holy Father's prayer for more vocations and may He continue to bless, defend and strengthen His vicar on earth and grant him a peaceful and happy New Year . May Mary, the Holy Mother of God continue to spread her mamtle over our beloved Benedict XVI.

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