19 April 2012
Seven Years On . . .
Hoping to have retired, instead Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected by his fellow cardinals and pressed into greater service for the faithful as the universal shepherd of this pilgrim Church on its continuing journey toward sanctification and holiness. Reported by the secular media to be a hardliner that would set the Church back in its relationship with contemporary society, Pope Benedict XVI has instead proven to be a gentle and unifying pastor of the Church. No mere caretaker of the Petrine office, the Holy Father has furthered significant movements towards restoring a truly Catholic identity and witness in the world and opened dialogue and opportunities for change leading to greater Christian unity.
So, pray this day for our Holy Father, Benedict XVI. Pray for his monthly prayer intentions, which will always be posted here at A.S. for reference. Pray for his health. Pray for his ministry. Pray for his strength. Pray for his continued service to our Lord, the Church, and all people of good will.
Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur Nomen Tuum;
adveniat Regnum Tuum;
fiat voluntas Tua,
sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a Malo.
Áve María, grátia pléna,
Benedícta tu in muliéribus,
et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.
Sáncta María, Máter Déi,
óra pro nóbis peccatóribus,
nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae.
et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.