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Daily Conversion

Benedict XVI's audience today reiterated a familiar, yet always timely, theme:

"Conversion", an invitation that we will hear many times in Lent, means following Jesus so that his Gospel is a real life guide, it means allowing God to transform us, no longer thinking that we are the only protagonists of our existence, recognizing that we are creatures who depend on God, His love, and that only by losing" our life in Him can we truly have it. This means making our choices in the light of the Word of God. Today we can no longer be Christians as a simple consequence of the fact that we live in a society that has Christian roots: even those born to a Christian family and formed in the faith must, each and every day, renew the choice to be a Christian, to give God first place, before the temptations continuously suggested by a secularized culture, before the criticism of many of our contemporaries.

Rather extraordinary was his reference to two singular spiritual figures: Etty Hillesum and Dorothy Day. The full reflection is here.

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As I've reflected over the last couple of days about the Pope's resignation, the courage and humility of the decision become increasingly apparent. Others seem to think the same way, if the response the Pope received at today's general audience and Ash Wednesday Mass are any indication:http://news.yahoo.com/vatican-plans-big-send-off-pope-consultations-begi...

Reading his homily for today, it occurred to me that there would be things about this pope that I would miss. He is usually clear. He often has some ideas that, to me at least, sound new. I got used to his writing style, so there is the comfort of familiarity. But did I just contradict myself?

I was surprised that I liked him, too. Though a couple of times it backfired hugely, I totally enjoyed his unpredictability. (Did the Pope really say That?) And all the Pope-experts would become totally agitated and say, no the Holy Father didn't really mean what it sounded like he said. But he clearly HAD said what he said. It will be strange not praying for him during the Prayer of the People at Mass.