Monday, February 11, 2013

Becoming Our Own Moral Compass: Ushering In A New Pope

Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. And so with the passing of another Pope, in life or death, we see the hands of time tick on, and we are left with the coming of a new Pope in his place.

With the passing of this Pope, however, let us not forget ourselves, let us not forget the sins of the Priests committed under the outgoing and former leadership. Let us not forget that the Priesthood is something of a protective force for child molestation.

None of this is directed in anger, or fear, but in the sound realm of: this is what happened. This is the institution.

Michael Baker Child - Priest of Roman Catholic Church
When we see new leadership assumed in the office, let us acknowledge and pay deep tribute to this Holy position, but let us not forget our own moral and civil obligations to each other. We are not bound by the rules of a very elderly leadership (Benedict XVI became a priest in 1951). If the Pope wants to resign because of "very advanced age" then we all ought to know that he, too, is a mortal.

The sad and scary reality is that all of us are best suited to act as our own moral compass. We know that when we see a child murdering other children, it is wrong. The answer is not to blame anyone, but rather to prevent that from happening again. Literally from the moment that we learn of such an occurrence, we all must spread love to those in our society who need it the most.

We must start taking action to prevent our own bodies from spiraling into a state of disrepair. We must eat health, and exercise, or we must embrace the atrophy of the body and spirit that comes with complacency.

The Pope is a great beacon of all that is Holy on this Earth. However, we must recognize that we are left to solve the daily mysteries about how and why we are here. The answer is mysterious, by it's very nature, therefore we must accept that not everything else is mysterious. It's right in front of your nose.

Google your problems away. We must begin solving problems instead of inflaming them.

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