Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saying Goodbye to Pope Benedict XVI

With great fanfare and a farewell message from Vice President Cheney, Pope Benedict XVI is saying goodbye in a packed hangar at JFK. You can read the full text of his farewell here. It's been an emotion-filled week, packed with teaching points and hoping-inducing moments. I hope to spend time in the weeks ahead re-reading and studying the various texts and applying them to my own faith life. I hope our United States Church leaders and our local parish communities will do the same.

How have you been impacted by the Pope's visit? Did it mean anything to you, or was it just another news recap at the end of the day? What was your favorite recollection from the visit? What will you remember? What would you rather forget? What will you share with your children?

These are questions I'm still answering for myself. I wasn't lucky enough to be in attendance or be physically near the Holy Father, but my heart has been touched by his theme "Christ Our Hope". Now, it is time to respond to his challenge to be a herald of that hope in my own little world... it's a challenge I welcome.

8 comments:

Jeff Miller said...

I am going to be going through Pope speech withdrawals with only Wednesday Audiences and Angelus' to quench my thirst.

Lisa M. Hendey said...

Jeff,
I agree - I feel as though I've been on a retreat for the past six days. I was sad that at my parish this morning our priest did not even mention the visit once...
I feel as though I've been thoroughly immersed in the visit. I think my own personal work is just beginning.
Lisa
p.s. It's an honor to have you comment on my blog!

silvia said...

Hello! I have stumbled onto your blog and I do not think by accident. I am profoundly saddened by the Pope's departure. I have never followed the Pope's words and activities so intensely. I am a New Yorker and Bronxite and even though I was unable to be near him, the fact that he was in my city and my borough is awesome. I have cried in joy and tonight I shed some tears in sorrow as Pope Benedict left. I am grateful to God for allowing the Pope to be with America.

Rob Williams said...

I will be re-reading his text's as well. I do feel quite a bit closer to Pope Benedict having watched much of his speeches while here and of course his infectious smile. You can tell he is a deep man of knowledge and also filled with love and the Holy Spirit. He is a writer and I like to think of him as the bloggers pope if I may be so bold to say so. I will look forward to watching him in Sydney in July for World Youth Day 2008. May he have another 20 years of good health!

Sue said...

Hi. I agree with Silvia. I've never followed the Pope so closely either and it was a wonderful experience for me -- even if it was via television. I am also a New Yorker and I'm happy to say my parish offered many services and masses during the week to honor the Pope's visit. I know of one person in my parish who was lucky enough to receive tickets to the mass at Yankee Stadium -- I can't wait to hear what she has to say about the experience. Our diocese also had a tremendous participation of children during the youth rally and that in itself is so encouraging. I'll be reading the texts of the homilies as well.

I've only recently "discovered" your site -- I look forward to visiting it more in the future.

Lisa M. Hendey said...

Sue,
How special that the Pope was so close to your home - I would imagine that this will bring a great renewal to the parishes in your area! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog - I hope you will visit again soon!
Lisa

Lisa M. Hendey said...

Rob,
I enjoyed reading your comments on your blog as well! I loved your comment that he is the Blogger's pope - I agree on that too. When I heard John Allen (NCR writer and CNN analyst) at the RE Congress in LA, he said that the Pope's speechwriter had to resign after the first several months of his pontificate because this Pope does all of his own writing. He is an exceptional writer, so he's left us with lots to follow up on!
Thanks for commenting!
Lisa

Lisa M. Hendey said...

Sue, I'm so glad you discovered my site and hope you will be back often. I would love to hear about the plans that parishes in New York have for capitalizing on the energy following the Pope's visit. Thanks for sharing your perspective! Lisa