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 1 John 2:3-11 ><000'> + ><000'> + ><000'> Luke 2:22-35
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. Amen. St. John Paul the Great, pray for your faithful servant, Benedict XVI.