A prayer for Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, our modern Simeon

The Lord Is My Chef Christmas Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday in the Octave of Christmas, 29 December 2022
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God our loving Father,
on this Thursday in the Octave of Christmas,
I pray only for the well-being of our beloved
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.
I love him and deeply respect him for
his holiness characterized by his wisdom
expressed so clearly in his many writings
in defending our faith and proclaiming
Jesus Christ our Lord;
all these he had expressed in all humility
and simplicity with a life full of love
and fervent hope in you and eternity.
He is our modern Simeon,
so misunderstood and even maligned by many
yet, you have been in deep conversations with him
that he had boldly took the great sacrifice of stepping down
from the papacy to await his final call.
Now that Pope Benedict XVI is seriously sick,
I pray like Simeon for him,
"Lord, now you let your servant Benedict XVI 
go in peace, your word has been fulfilled in him:
he has not only seen the salvation with his own eyes
but had enabled us all to see Jesus"; 
in his life and writings, Benedict XVI was clearly
in your light because all he lived and taught
is love for you, O God, and,
love for others and humanity.

St. John Paul the Great,
pray for your faithful servant,
Benedict XVI.

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