By Mary Sayad

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    Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi"
    (April 19, 2005)

    Pope Benedict XVI prayed that he would not be elected as the new Pope. He had hopes of returning to his native country Germany. He quoted the following:

    "As the trend in the ballots slowly made me realize that, in a manner of speaking, the guillotine would fall on me, I started to feel quite dizzy," and he prayed to God to be spared but that "evidently this time He didn't listen to me". "I thought that I had done my life's work and could now hope to live out my days in peace."
    "I told the Lord with deep conviction, 'don't do this to me. You have younger and better [candidates] who could take up this great task with a totally different energy and with different strength'."

    Some of His Past Elected Positions

    In 1962 he was well known when, at the age of 35, he became a consultor at Vatican Council II, of the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joseph Frings. Among his numerous publications, a particular post belongs to the 'Introduction to Christianity', a collection of university lessons on the profession of apostolic faith, published in 1968; Dogma and revelation, an anthology of essays, sermons and reflections dedicated to the pastoral ministry, published in 1973.

    In March 1977, Paul VI elected him Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on 28 May 1977 he was consecrated, the first diocesan priest after 80 years to take over the pastoral ministry of this large Bavarian diocese.

    Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Paul VI in the consistory of 27 June 1977, of the Titles of the Suburbicarian Church of Velletri-Segni (5 April 1993) and Suburbicarian Church of Ostia (30 November 2002).

    On 25 November 1981 he was nominated by John Paul II Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; President of the Biblical Commission and of the Pontifical International Theological Commission.

    Relator of the 5th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (1980).
    President Delegate to the 6th Synodal Assembly (1983).
    Elected Vice Dean of the College of Cardinals, 6 November 1998. On 30 November 2002, the Holy Father approved the election, by the order of cardinal bishops, as Dean of the College of Cardinals.

    President of the Commission for the Preparation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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    Beloved Friends,

    Lay people and clergy are all called to follow God's Holy Will. Our new Pope, elected by the Cardinals and chosen by the Holy Spirit had hopes of retiring to his country, but God's Will for him was to become the next Shepherd of the Church.

    Our Blessed Mother Mary never planned to marry but Our Heavenly Father had other plans for her. Although the Archangel Gabriel's message disturbed her, she remained obedient and humble. As she took a leap of faith into the unknown, her joy as the Mother of Jesus is beyond our comprehension. Mary was and remains the perfect disciple and servant of the Lord.

    Many times our ambitions and intentions are not in God's plans. Each and everyone of us has a special purpose in life, and the beauty of following God's Will is knowing that His designs are for our good and the good of His Church. Indeed, our faith must be greater than human reason for our destiny starts on earth and is fulfilled in heaven.

    We know that God's Will is working in us and our decisions when our events are seamless and quickly facilitated. However, when many difficulties plague our decisions and plans, it is wise to reflect that this may be indicative of rethinking the situation, and that we need to allow God to work in us. Our life is peaceful when we live in union with God for doing the Will of God is the essence of holiness.

    Proverbs 3:5, 6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. "

    John 16:13 "When he comes, however, being the Spirit of Truth he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but will speak only what he hears, and will announce to you the things to come."

    Reading the Holy Bible opens our hearts and minds to Our Heavenly Father as well as filling us with inspiration. Pray for Our new Shepherd, Pope Benedict XVI and continue to pray for world peace. Thank you dear friends.

    Your companion in prayer,

    Mary