This is an exciting time to be Catholic. Many may think this is a dark time for the Church but the Church is in the light. I think Pope Benedict made such a humble decision knowing that due to his health he cannot be at his best to guide the Church. Here are 2 of my favorite quotes from him:
“Dear friends, Truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ’s very being for others.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 4/19/2008)
“You were not made for comfort, you were made for Greatness”.
The book of Amos says, “Seek the Lord and live”.
I have full faith that the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church and as long as the Church is always seeking the love of God it will live and thrive. Some may leave because they get caught up in the failings of individuals in the Church or all the rules and jewels but I know that God is love and love is freedom and that the Church, as the bride of Christ, is there to protect and guide us and it’s “truth will set us free” (John 8:32). I trust and know that the leaders of our Church are seeking the Lord and seeking the Holy Spirit and therefore will continue to be a beacon of light!