according to his heart

Feb 19, 2013

In the April 2005 Mass “for the election of the Roman Pontiff” just before the Conclave, Cardinal Ratzinger in his role as Dean of the College of Cardinals preached the homily.

He concluded his words with a prayer that is also most appropriate for these days. (I have changed the name of Pope John Paul II to Pope Benedict XVI to make this the ideal prayer for these pre-conclave days).

Just a suggestion: you might like to print out this prayer and carry it in a pocket, praying it whenever you think of it from now until the white smoke.
In this moment, 
let us ask our Lord insistently that, 
after the great gift of Pope Benedict XVI, 
he will again give us a pastor 
according to his heart, 
a pastor who will lead us  
to knowledge of Christ, 
to his love, to true joy.
Amen.



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