By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Charismatic Pope--Again and Again

He has to be, just as every Catholic is by virtue of his or her reception of the Sacrament of Baptism. In the days preceding Pentecost, one of the best Catholic bloggers around gives a fine overview of the indisputable charismatic dimension of Benedict XVI. (I think this particular blogger is one of the best because he presents a "catholic," that is, a comprehensive, view of the Church and is not a narrow "Johnny-one-note.") Here is the core of the man who is now Pope. Go to the Whispers in the Loggia blog at this link  and at this link and see what I mean. Recently, at Fatima, the Pope again prayed for a "new outpouring of the Holy Spirit." Note below that he did not pray for more Latin (although I myself enjoy the old imperial language of my ethnic and spiritual ancestors and use it often). He prayed for what is most fundamental and what will take care of all other concerns, liturgical and otherwise, that often seem to obscure and distract from the fundamentals.

In his recent prayer addressing the Virgin Mary at Fatima, the pontiff said it again:

Repeat to the Lord
your efficacious word:
“They have no wine” (Jn 2:3),
so that the Father and the Son will send upon us
a new outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.

Source link at the same above-mentioned blog (about the 11th paragraph of the prayer; emphasis added by me).

That is the prayer that should always be on our lips--both in times of crisis and in times of calm.