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Pope Benedict XVI seems worn out. Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired, weak
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Posted on 12/17/2011 6:59:15 PM PST by mkmensinger

People who have spent time with him recently say they found him weaker than they'd ever seen him, seemingly too tired to engage with what they were saying. He no longer meets individually with visiting bishops. A few weeks ago he started using a moving platform to spare him the long walk down St. Peter's Basilica.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: b16; benedictxvi; bxvi; pope
I can't help thinking about St Malachi.
1 posted on 12/17/2011 6:59:21 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: mkmensinger

Well, Pope Benedict XVI is 84 now ...


2 posted on 12/17/2011 7:02:58 PM PST by Ken522
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To: mkmensinger
NICOLE WINFIELD has her head up her ass in the sand. She needed to come with SOMEthing because she didn't do her homework yesterday, so she decided that Pope Benedict looked tired and worn out.

Well, he WAS 80 when he became pope, not 58 like the Polish pope. Everyone looks tired at 80, even MORE tired at 85. They look tired when they get up in the morning.

Geeeeez.

3 posted on 12/17/2011 7:03:22 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

“Everyone looks tired at 80, even MORE tired at 85.”

Good point. Although I know a couple of active 80 year olds who would disagree.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 7:07:11 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: mkmensinger

I’m married to an 84 year old, who still is actively practicing law, and was out chopping wood today. But if you can reach the 80s, you are entitled to be a little tired if you wish.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 7:16:07 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Exit148

I’m 64 and have one more year in law school. Curious about what kind of law your spouse practices. I figured I’d have 25 to 30 years of hopefully fulfilling practice.


6 posted on 12/17/2011 7:20:43 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: mkmensinger
Good point. Although I know a couple of active 80 year olds who would disagree.

They are the Jack LaLainnes of your life. Enjoy them.

I know several 60+ folks who act like they are 95 and looke like they are 105! SHAME ON ME!! :O)
Go figure.

7 posted on 12/17/2011 7:27:37 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: mkmensinger
I can't help thinking about St Malachi.

Endtimes are rapidly approaching.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
8 posted on 12/17/2011 7:30:26 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: mkmensinger

Good grief, remember all the doomsday articles about Pope John Paul II?

Just a repeat of a very old pattern. Pun not intended.....I’m talking about media here.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 7:32:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

The “end times” could be the start of something new. Doesn’t have to be diaster.

We could all use a fresh start


10 posted on 12/17/2011 7:37:37 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: reefdiver
The “end times” could be the start of something new. Doesn’t have to be diaster.

We could all use a fresh start

You might want to read Daniel & Revelation.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
11 posted on 12/17/2011 8:12:34 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: PapaNew; mkmensinger

Wow! Both very inspiring posts! Thank you. And I thought I was too old starting so many cool new hobbies and aspirations last year at 44 (which by the way I have stuck with with commitment and passion. Now I will think of both your posts. Fantastic and thank you both for honoring that life is LIFE and not a timetable. (mkmensinger I am thinking of your spouse you posted about.)


12 posted on 12/17/2011 8:23:21 PM PST by GOP Poet (Time for Bambi and his commie crew to go.)
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To: mkmensinger

Even German Shepherds get older after a while.


13 posted on 12/17/2011 8:36:26 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: mkmensinger
Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
14 posted on 12/17/2011 8:44:06 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: PapaNew

He is a defensive trial lawyer. His Mother always said he represents the bad guys! Not so, but some think that way I guess. At any rate it is interesting. I’m happy he is still actively involved. His mind is as acute as ever. Sharp as a tack!


15 posted on 12/17/2011 8:50:35 PM PST by Exit148
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To: PapaNew

I meant to add — stay with it. So many jokes about lawyers, but they ARE needed! Whatever field you choose, there is space for you.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 8:53:41 PM PST by Exit148
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

You might want to read Matthew and Mark.


17 posted on 12/17/2011 8:55:23 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: mkmensinger

“I can’t help thinking about St Malachi.”

YEP!


18 posted on 12/17/2011 9:30:40 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: diverteach

Malachi reminds me of Nostradamus: makes sense looking back, not looking forward.

Whatever actually happens is then discovered in the “prediction” and backdated in.

Hooey.

:)


19 posted on 12/17/2011 10:49:06 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: mkmensinger

A man that age should be sitting in his yard watching his tomato plants grow.


20 posted on 12/17/2011 11:03:14 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: cloudmountain

My parish priest just “retired” at 90. In fact, he was told to go by the Archbishop and the head of his order. Our parish council fought for him but in the end Father F told us he was devoted to his order and would do as he was commanded. Therefore, he is now in retirement at a communal home for his order.

The priest who replaced him is younger, vigorous and a great teacher.

It was tough losing a well-loved, but older vicar, but the case for getting worn down by age and being replaced was apparent, right before our eyes. Father F was affected by old age. He was getting forgetful, sometimes got lost in the middle of Mass, and couldn’t visit like he used to. We love him, and treated these moments like family, being not offended by his mistakes, but mildly amused and understanding.

Now that he is gone and replaced with Father C, we can see a big difference.

Still, my heart aches because I believe without a parish and mission, Father F will soon pass away. Still, so must we all, eventually, and he will go to a much bigger reward!


21 posted on 12/18/2011 5:56:31 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Exit148

Thanks. My grandfather was a successful defense attorney in Washington state. I guess it’s in my blood. I sort of took the Moses route I guess - I had to do my forty years on the backside of the desert first.


22 posted on 12/18/2011 6:27:25 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: A.A. Cunningham
You might want to read Matthew and Mark.

I was suggesting a starting point
to understanding end times.

Seek YHvH in His WORD.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
23 posted on 12/18/2011 6:28:14 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Alas Babylon!
My parish priest just “retired” at 90. In fact, he was told to go by the Archbishop and the head of his order. Our parish council fought for him but in the end Father F told us he was devoted to his order and would do as he was commanded. Therefore, he is now in retirement at a communal home for his order.
The priest who replaced him is younger, vigorous and a great teacher.
It was tough losing a well-loved, but older vicar, but the case for getting worn down by age and being replaced was apparent, right before our eyes. Father F was affected by old age. He was getting forgetful, sometimes got lost in the middle of Mass, and couldn’t visit like he used to. We love him, and treated these moments like family, being not offended by his mistakes, but mildly amused and understanding.
Now that he is gone and replaced with Father C, we can see a big difference.
Still, my heart aches because I believe without a parish and mission, Father F will soon pass away. Still, so must we all, eventually, and he will go to a much bigger reward!

This happens in every profession.
The parish head is the one who has to say: Time to go.
It would be the same for a teacher who had to be told by the principal, or whomever, that it's time to pack it in.

We have an 83-year-old who says Mass because we don't have enough priests to cover all the Masses. It's tough for him because he has cancer and a bad hip, which he can't do anything about because he's too weak for an operation from the cancer.
I love him dearly and hope he hangs in there for eons.

I understand your feelings COMPLETELY.

24 posted on 12/18/2011 6:35:32 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
A man that age should be sitting in his yard watching his tomato plants grow.

Depends on the man.
SOME supreme court justices were in their 90's doing well. SOME scj were doing LOUSY in their 60's.
As long as the mind and body are cooperative, folks can go on and on and on. I always think of George Burns who still got a laugh at 100 years old.

25 posted on 12/18/2011 6:38:22 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: mkmensinger

Got to remember that the seasons of Advent/Christmas and then after that, Lent/Holy Week/Easter are very busy time for members of the clergy in the Church and in a special way for the Pope.


26 posted on 12/18/2011 12:37:02 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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