The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Well, that's exactly what happened to me. I planned to post a mini links post once per say with at least 15 links but then life got in the way. I had started taking hormones but then my pain increased and increased so then I stopped taking them. On Tuesday I got a migraine headache and I threw up. I'm pretty sure it was because I stopped taking the hormones cold turkey. Wednesday I still felt pretty horrible. Thursday I felt a bit better but have still continued having pain. Friday I felt better but was busy playing catch up with house cleaning and today I'm really starting to feel the effects of not taking hormones - in a fog, here but feeling like I'm not here, hard for me to think and remember stuff, and I have the shakes. I am so sick of being on a yo-yo with my health and these dang hormones. So I will have to take blogging one day at a time.
Two Mondays ago Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would be resigning as Pope at the end of February. When I first saw this on one of the blogs that I frequent I thought it was a hoax or something. Then, I found out the reports were true. I was in shock. I was so surprised because I remember Pope John Paul II having Parkinson's Disease and showing the world how to deal with illness with such grace but then I heard that JPII had even thought of resigning but then decided against it. This is the first time a pope has resigned in over 600 years. While I am sad to see Pope Benedict resign during his last Mass he looked so frail so seeing that and knowing all the great challenges facing the Church maybe the Church does need someone who is in good health and not just of sound mind to defend the Church against its enemies. Pope Benedict was a staunch defender of the Faith and was a great teacher. I also believe that Pope Benedict was courageous and humble to know that he was no longer able to be the visible head of the Catholic Church and to buck over 600 years of the norm, of pope's dying as popes, and resign instead. Whoever is elected the progressives will hate him for one reason - He will be Catholic. May the Holy Spirit guide the Council of Cardinals as they choose a new pope. God Bless Pope Benedict.
Bishop Zubik, my bishop in Pittsburgh, held a press conference discussing the announcement of Pope Benedict's resignation. He first reads the Pope's statement in which he said that he is resigning and then Bishop Zubik gives his thoughts on the Pope's decision to resign. After about the 10 minute 30 second mark he holds a question and answer session.
Bishop Zubik's Press Conference on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.
How is the Pope chosen? I found this quick, concise but very informative video at Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia.
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