Pope Benedict Was Champion of Catholic Education Renewal
February 11, 2013, at 11:40 AM
By CNS Staff, Adam Wilson |
The Cardinal Newman Society is saddened that Pope Benedict XVI’s declining health will cause him to resign from the papacy on February 28, 2013. Throughout his pontificate, the Holy Father has led by example, and does so again with this heroic act of humility and love for his Petrine ministry and our Holy Mother Church.
He has inspired The Cardinal Newman Society’s work to promote and defend faithful Catholic education in innumerable ways, and we are so grateful for our shepherd.
If Blessed John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae, From the Heart of the Church, laid the groundwork for the renewal of Catholic education, Pope Benedict has begun building a great monument to fidelity on that foundation through his leadership and teaching.
In his speech to Catholic educators at The Catholic University of America in 2008, Pope Benedict spoke beautifully of the importance of the work of education for the Church. He said, "Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News. First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth."
While our love for Pope Benedict makes us wish he could continue as our shepherd, we renew our hope in God, knowing and trusting that the Holy Spirit is always guiding the Church.
God is moved to shower many blessings on His Church through the prayers of the faithful, so let us now, in this Year of Faith, pray to our Lord Jesus Christ that He will bless our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and grant to the Church another wise and holy pontiff to lead the people of God.
Oremus pro Pontifice!
V: Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.
R: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
V: Fiat manus tua super virum dexterae tuae
R: Et super filium hominis quem confirmasti tibi
Oremus. Deus, ómnium fidélium pastor et rector, fámulum tuum Benedíctum, quem pastórem Ecclésiæ tuæ præésse voluísti, propítius réspice: da ei, quæesumus, verbo et exémplo, quibus præest, profícere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi crédito, pervéniat sempitérnam. Per Christum, Dóminum nostrum. Amen.
V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
V: May Thy hand be ever upon the man of Thy right hand.
R: And upon the son of man whom Thou hast confirmed unto thee.
Let us Pray. O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.