By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Easter Sunday was the 90th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. I just finished for the umpteenth time his book about the Stations of the Cross. Before I left for the Holy Land in April, I read the three volumes of Jesus of Nazareth. Pope Benedict has been a blessing to us all. I’m sure you will join me in remembering him on his birthday and I think you will enjoy this charming piece.
Although he was not born on the feast of Easter, but the day before, the Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection, which sacred tradition speaks of as the Mystery of Holy Saturday, it remains central to his life. And when he was at once baptized with water freshly blessed for the great feast, it left an impression. In fact, it is a point he makes much of in Milestones, which is a moving account of his life from 1927, when he came into this world, until 1977, when he became Archbishop of Munich. Chosen on the strength of a single book, Introduction To Christianity, which grew out of lectures delivered at Tubingen in 1967, it evidently so captivated the then Pope Paul VI that he had him elevated straightaway into the episcopacy. After that, the scramble to the top was swift and sure. Only he was never one to scramble.