Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I Wonder

I know that I wanted snow because we had barely had a dusting prior to the last couple of weeks; however, I think that I have had enough. After shoveling yesterday's wet snow, I am ready for spring.  There just was not much of any way to move the snow.  Oh well, we really needed the moisture because we are still way behind from the summer.

I do love snow, but I also love warm weather.  I really miss wearing sandals and shorts, but I am sure winter will roar a little more before it moves out.  After all, snow flurries have gone on all day today.  This is good old Missouri, and one can just never really predict what the weather will do next. About the only thing a person can do is just go with whatever Mother Nature has in store for tomorrow--but I still wonder what tomorrow's weather will be like.

I Wonder about the future of the Catholic Church

Farewell Pope Benedict XVI

On a more serious note--I wonder about the future.  The future that I am talking about is the future of the Catholic Church regarding the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict's Morning Prayer

In his final General Audience this morning, a warm and encouraging good-bye message, Pope Benedict mentioned a simple prayer that he recommends saying every morning. You can tell that it was an old, familiar prayer--the sort of thing a child would learn in a devout family.

I heard this prayer before and know that there are a couple of different versions.  I presumed that it was written by some priest, nun, or saint.  Now I see that it was the morning prayer of the ordinary families of Catholic Europe, prayed in Bavaria as well as in northern Italy.

Here's how it goes:

I adore you my God, and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian and kept me this night.
I offer you my actions of this day. Grant that they all may be according to your holy Will.
May your grace be always with me, and with all my dear ones.
Amen.

And, here's the nighttime version:

I adore you my God, and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian and kept me this day.
Pardon me the evil I have committed, and if I have done some good, accept it.
Take care of me while I sleep, and deliver me from dangers.
May your grace be always with me, and with all my dear ones.
Amen.