Skip to comments.Pope Benedict XVI seems worn out. Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired, weak
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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Well, Pope Benedict XVI is 84 now ...
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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)
Endtimes are rapidly approaching. shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
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.
The “end times” could be the start of something new. Doesn’t have to be diaster.
We could all use a fresh start
We could all use a fresh start
You might want to read Daniel & Revelation. shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
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.)
Even German Shepherds get older after a while.
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!
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.
You might want to read Matthew and Mark.
“I can’t help thinking about St Malachi.”
Malachi reminds me of Nostradamus: makes sense looking back, not looking forward.
Whatever actually happens is then discovered in the “prediction” and backdated in.
A man that age should be sitting in his yard watching his tomato plants grow.
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!
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.
Seek YHvH in His WORD.
I was suggesting a starting point shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
to understanding end times.
Seek YHvH in His WORD.
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.
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.
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.