By Tom Quiner
A pope can never be fully appreciated in his time.
Pope Paul VI was ahead of his time in his warnings on the sexual revolution and the contraception culture.
Pope John Paul II was perhaps the greatest religious philosopher the papacy has seen.
Pope Benedict XVI may have been the greatest theologian the papacy has ever seen.
Pope Francis won’t be able to be appreciated for years to come, but he calls us to a deeper relationship with Christ with a real emphasis on God’s relentless mercy. We need to hear that message over and over again.
Pope Benedict found himself positioned between two “rock stars” in his papacy. The media was particularly tough on him. And yet he has been such a gift to the world.
His quote above is an example of his gentle wisdom. Each of us sins. Chances are, we’re committing the same sins over the years.
Pope Benedict reminds us to never give up in our pursuit of holiness. Begin again. God loves our effort, and He is merciful. Holiness grows through this effort.
Never give up on your quest for holiness.