We propose 40 Holy Hours in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and/or 40 Masses praying that Pope Benedict XVI’s successor is a holy, saintly man.
Do your hours 1 a day or 40 in a row. You decide.
Make no mistake. The Holy Spirit does not dictate the next pope. The cardinals are not puppets.
If ever there was a Lent that needed extra prayers & sacrifices in the history of the world, this is it.
“If the parish priest is a Saint, his people will be holy:
If the priest is holy, but not yet a Saint, his people will be good;
If priest is good, his people will be lukewarm,
If the priest is lukewarm, his parishioners will be bad.
If the priest himself is bad, his people will go to Hell.”
St John Vianney
With love and respect for the beloved Cure d’ Ars, blaming our holiness, or lack thereof, on the holiness of our parish priest lets us off too way easy. The priests we get, the bishops we get, and the pope we get may just rely on us, not them.
If we are lukewarm, we may get lukewarm priests, bishops, popes.
We do not want to wait 272 years for a saint pope. We want one 40-50 days from now!
We must remember that not all popes have been holy. Some have been quite the opposite. When Pope St Celestine V resigned, he was followed by Boniface VIII who was not a saint & whose pontificate was troublesome. Pope Boniface VIII was followed by over 20 popes none of whom were canonized saints, until Pope St Pius V. Pope St Pius V came after the Protestant Revolution which, like it or not, began due to a scandalous Catholic Church.
In a 1997 then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as top doctrinal official for Pope John Paul II, spoke of a misunderstanding on how the Holy Spirit works in the conclave:
INTERVIEWER: “Your Eminence, you are very familiar with church history and know well what has happened in papal elections. . . . Do you really believe that the Holy Spirit plays a role in the election of the pope?”
RATZINGER: “I would not say so in the sense that the Holy Spirit picks out the pope, because there are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit would obviously not have picked. I would say that the Spirit does not exactly take control of the affair, but rather like a good educator, as it were, leaves us much space, much freedom, without entirely abandoning us. Thus the Spirit’s role should be understood in a much more elastic sense, not that he dictates the candidate for whom one must vote. Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.”
Earlier in 1978 Ratzinger warned of “pressure from the forces of the left,” seeming to hint that the media and secular governments would be attempting to sway electors to produce a “modern” pope, who would soften the church’s traditional doctrinal commitments.
Let us not rely on the holiness of others for God to grant us a holy Successor to Pope Benedict XVI.
Augustine said “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” We dare to alter this statement a bit. When it comes to getting a holy successor to Benedict XVI, pray and sacrifice like everything depends upon you alone.
REST ASSURED the Holy Spirit will guide the election of our next pope. PRAY CONCERNED the Cardinals heed that guidance.