Skip to comments.Pope Benedict says it sometimes felt like 'God was asleep' in final audience
Posted on 02/27/2013 2:22:16 PM PST by RummyChick
POPE Benedict XVI admitted it sometimes felt as if 'God was asleep' during the troubled days of his papacy as he gave an emotional farewell in St Peter's Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims on the eve of his momentous resignation.
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Pope's final address: God was asleep on my watch Pope Benedict XVI gave an emotional farewell speech to tens of thousands of faithful in St Peters Square, saying there were times during his eight-year papacy when it seemed that the Lord was sleeping.
Psalm 121:4 would suggest otherwise.
something wrong with his eye in this pic
“My God my God why have you forsaken me?” said Jesus from the cross. He probably felt the same way.
But I always knew that the Lord is in that boat and I always knew that the boat of the Church is not mine, not ours, but is His. And the Lord will not let it sink. He is the one who steers her, of course also through those He has chosen because that is how He wanted it. This was and is a certainty that nothing can tarnish. And that is why my heart today is filled with gratitude to God, because He never leftthe whole Church or mewithout His consolation, His light, or His love.
What an odd thing to say, God Himself says He neither sleeps or slumbers.
It has been reported that BXVI is nearly blind in one of his eyes.
You are kidding right?
Many saints have experienced the “dark night of the soul”, for example, St. Therese of Lisieux. Even Mother Teresa lamented the times that she could not feel God’s presence.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if God turned his back on the world. We have turn our back on him.
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He said it sometimes “felt like” God was asleep or absent, not that he actually was. See post #6.
God sees the fall of a sparrow, but to a human observer of the kind of terrible things we’ve seen going on in our Church—and also in our country—it’s not always obvious that God is watching.
And consider those words of Jesus on the Cross, already quoted: “My God, my God, Why hast thou forsaken me?” Why? Because the Father chose to put the full sacrificial burden on His Son.
There have also been moments in which the waters were turbulent and the wind contrary, as throughout the history of the church, and the Lord seemed to be asleep," he said. "But I have always known that the Lord is in that boat and that the boat of the church is not mine, it is not ours, but it is his and he does not let it sink...."
The Telegraph gave their coverage of the final address the provocative title Pope's final address: God was asleep on my watch
Reporters always look for a way to take something out of context.
The reporter is a tool of Satanic force.
The reporter is a tool of Satanic force.
To paraphrase Gen. W. T. Sherman,
“If we killed all the reporters in the morning, there would be dispatches from Hell by noon”...
Of course, that never stopped some posters here from gleefully piling on if it fits their agenda.
Yours would appear to be the correct analysis.
Maybe so,but my broad brush tends to bring a bit of attention at times.
He said it SEEMED LIKE. He wasn’t saying God WAS asleep. He was simply expressing his frustration. I feel the same way sometimes, when I all the evil in the world winning.
I believe I saw a report that B16 has gone blind in one eye. One of the reasons he’s stepping down.
Pretty obvious, unless you're anti-Catholic and looking for any excuse to bash the pope.
Most of us have never felt the presence of God anywhere. This world is completely dark and devoid of anything holy. It is our temporary torture chamber.
Mother Teresa posited similar thoughts. I think they both may be onto something...
Hers were about not feeling God's presence at all, and for fifty years!
The letters, many of them preserved against her wishes (she had requested that they be destroyed but was overruled by her church), reveal that for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God whatsoever or, as the book's compiler and editor, the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, writes, "neither in her heart or in the eucharist."
That absence seems to have started at almost precisely the time she began tending the poor and dying in Calcutta, and except for a five-week break in 1959 never abated. Although perpetually cheery in public, the Teresa of the letters lived in a state of deep and abiding spiritual pain. In more than 40 communications, many of which have never before been published, she bemoans the "dryness," "darkness," "loneliness" and "torture" she is undergoing. She compares the experience to hell and at one point says it has driven her to doubt the existence of heaven and even of God. She is acutely aware of the discrepancy between her inner state and her public demeanor. "The smile," she writes, is "a mask" or "a cloak that covers everything." Similarly, she wonders whether she is engaged in verbal deception. "I spoke as if my very heart was in love with God tender, personal love," she remarks to an adviser. "If you were [there], you would have said, 'What hypocrisy.'"
-- from the thread Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith
Why don't you check the validity of things before you post them???????????????
God never sleeps. He does not hang around Sodom, though. The sin has killed the spirit of the church organization...not the real faithful, though.