April 16, 2012
Happy Birthday Papa!
"It belongs to the nature of joy to be radiant!" That is perhaps my favorite quote of Pope Benedict's. As powerful to me (and I think to our time) as Blessed John Paul II's words "Be not afraid!" were to his time. (It's from his address to the Roman Curia on Christmas, 2008) And Pope Benedict has a lot of radiant joy. Everywhere he goes, we find photos of him delighting in the people of God, the cultures and customs of places all around the world.
Happy birthday, Pope Benedict! May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him from the hands of his enemies.