|His Holiness POPE BENEDICT XVI|
Sometimes it is good to be reminded of basic spiritual benefits we can convey and receive:
We each have it in our power to petition God Who loves us all, to strengthen, protect and bless our Holy Father the Pope. He is the Vicar of Christ Our Saviour, and, as such, is the particular target of the Evil One who seeks to directly hurt him and frustrate his work for Our Lord.
It is widely and reliably expected that by Easter the Holy Father will sign a new Motu Proprio governing the implementation of the earlier Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum", following the receipt and analysis of reports from the world's Bishops concerning the implementation results. Some have sought to put about the idea that the pressure to be more restrictive from some Bishops has been such that the new Motu Proprio will resemble some sort of a retreat.Other sources, claiming official but unnamed advisers say nothing of the sort is involved. We tend to accept the latter view.
However, there obviously is pressure on the Holy Father about this and other matters.It is therefore more appropriate than ever for us to pray for our beloved Holy Father.
The redoubtable Father John Zuhlsdorf has launched a Spiritual Bouquet campaign to end on the Feast of Saint Joseph 19th March, the Holy Father's Name Day (JOSEPH Ratzinger). Those wishing to join
in the effort should do so at WDTPRS BLOG.
Father Z reminds us of the spiritual benefits which flow to those who pray for the Supreme Pontiff:
From the the Enchiridion of Indulgences, #25:
A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite any duly approved prayer for the Supreme Pontiff (e.g., the Oremus pro Pontifice):
V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and bless him upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.
Our Father. Hail Mary.
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(In the matter of Indulgences we are mindful that Our Divine Lord said to Saint Peter : "Whatsoever you shall bind upon Earth , it shall be bound also in Heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose upon Earth, it is loosed also in Heaven." This is a fact that protestants choose to ignore . The Catholic Church listens to the Lord and takes to heart His every word.)
PLEASE JOIN IN THIS MOST WORTHY AND COMPELLING EFFORT.