Friday, March 1, 2013

A Historic Event


Memories came flooding back yesterday as I watched Pope Benedict's final hours.


It was just 6 years ago that my family and I were standing in line at the entrance of the Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo's Freedom Square waiting to receive the Papal Blessing.


We were staying in a villa 9 miles outside Rome in Castel Gandolfo for the occasion of my brother's wedding at The Vatican. 


It was a historic event for my family and we were incredibly blessed to have had the rare privilege to attend the Papal Blessing in this picturesque Italian locale.


 For nearly 400 years, the town of Castel Gandolfo has played host to a succession of pontiffs seeking solace from the stifling Roman summer.


Pope Benedict will spend some two months here as he waits for the restoration of more permanent lodgings in a convent inside the Vatican where he will live out his life, hidden to the world.


Pope Benedict's apartment has been sealed.
 

The doors closed with the symbolic red ribbon, all part of the ancient, secret and elaborate process leading up to choosing a new pope.
 

 As the College of Cardinals begins to congregate next week ahead of a March conclave to choose Benedict's successor, the pope's off-season stint in Castel Gandolfo is an added assurance that he won't exert any undue influence in the selection.


Does he still believe what he believed as a child?”

Pope Benedict XVI answers:“I would answer in similar terms. I would say: Simplicity is truth—and truth is simple. Our problem is that we no longer see the forest for the trees; that for all our knowledge, we have lost the path to wisdom. This is also the idea behind Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which shows how the cleverness of our age causes us, ironically, to overlook the essential, while the Little Prince, who hasn’t the faintest idea about all this cleverness, ultimately sees more and better.
- See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2011/04/to-get-to-know-my-pope-viva-il-papa.html#sthash.vcXPMRiz.dpuf
Does he still believe what he believed as a child?”

Pope Benedict XVI answers:“I would answer in similar terms. I would say: Simplicity is truth—and truth is simple. Our problem is that we no longer see the forest for the trees; that for all our knowledge, we have lost the path to wisdom. This is also the idea behind Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which shows how the cleverness of our age causes us, ironically, to overlook the essential, while the Little Prince, who hasn’t the faintest idea about all this cleverness, ultimately sees more and better.
- See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2011/04/to-get-to-know-my-pope-viva-il-papa.html#sthash.vcXPMRiz.dpuf
When Pope Benedict was asked if he still believed what he believed as a child, he answered, "I would say: Simplicity is truth - and truth is simple. Our problem is that we no longer see the forest for the trees; that for all our knowledge, we have lost the path to wisdom."
 
Does he still believe what he believed as a child?”

Pope Benedict XVI answers:“I would answer in similar terms. I would say: Simplicity is truth—and truth is simple. Our problem is that we no longer see the forest for the trees; that for all our knowledge, we have lost the path to wisdom. This is also the idea behind Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which shows how the cleverness of our age causes us, ironically, to overlook the essential, while the Little Prince, who hasn’t the faintest idea about all this cleverness, ultimately sees more and better.
- See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2011/04/to-get-to-know-my-pope-viva-il-papa.html#sthash.vcXPMRiz.dpuf

"What really counts? What is authentic? What keeps us going? The key is to see what is simple."

Viva Il Papa!

“What really counts? What is authentic? What keeps us going? The key thing is to see what is simple. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2011/04/to-get-to-know-my-pope-viva-il-papa.html#sthash.vcXPMRiz.dpuf
“I would answer in similar terms. I would say: Simplicity is truth—and truth is simple. Our problem is that we no longer see the forest for the trees; that for all our knowledge, we have lost the path to wisdom. This is also the idea behind Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which shows how the cleverness of our age causes us, ironically, to overlook the essential, while the Little Prince, who hasn’t the faintest idea about all this cleverness, ultimately sees more and better. - See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2011/04/to-get-to-know-my-pope-viva-il-papa.html#sthash.vcXPMRiz.dpuf

7 comments:

Divine Theatre said...

I remember a college professor telling us that if we want to see all the gold in Mexico that we should visit the Vatican! LOL!
I do hope to visit one day. I have been praying for the Pope. What a tortured decision he was forced to make!
You have a beautiful family, my friend!

xo
Andie

French Basketeer.com said...

Such an unprecedented series of events! I have ben following it all. The treasures and traditions of the Vatican are indeed impressive, I wish I were going to be in Rome for the election!

Karen Albert said...

Terri, I remember so well when in Rome the tingling feeling of seeing the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.

Growing up going to Catholic Schools it was always a dream; and at last it came true.

The church has changed much; however the traditions have not and for that I am grateful.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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blog said...

Prego!!! I had the honor of making the same trip two years ago. As I entered the Vatican, I broke into tears at the sight of the Pieta. There was also a mass going on, so my husband and I slipped in and were able to receive. Catholic school never prepared me enough for that experience!

Leslie said...

Hi Terri,

Growing up a Catholic girl I recall the intense emotion seeing pictures of the Vatican. It's on my bucket list! Your photos are wonderful and I'm sure you will treasure them forever.

xxleslie

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

How exciting that your brother got married at the Vatican. I love the image of your family. Thanks for shaaring. We pray for a Pope who will make the necessary changes and who will bring hope
Helen xx