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Pope Francis says Pope Benedict’s conscience told him to resign

Stumbling block

Sometimes, God asks us to step aside, so His will can be done. Its only through humility that we can say yes. It’s not that He is saying leave Me and the Church, but rather to not be attached to anything including that which I give to you, but only to Me. As His plans for us and what He needs us to do, even stepping aside, gives glory to God and fulfills His plan, His will, not what we hope to be ours.

When we stand in the way of God’s will, we end up becoming a “Stumbling block” in the same way our Lord said to St. Peter –

“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

When we receive blessings from God, especially in the form of ministry’s and the grace to help others, we must understand that when He calls us to give up the things He allows us to have, it is also a blessing and not a curse.

Vatican City–
Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was “a great example” of what it means to follow one’s conscience through prayer, Pope Francis said during his Sunday Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Following one’s conscience doesn’t mean chasing after one’s own self-interests; it calls for listening to God, understanding his will and carrying out his plan with determination, Pope Francis said.

Pope Benedict provided a “recent marvelous example” of following one’s conscience, Pope Francis said, evidently referring to the retired pope’s decision to leave office.

“Pope Benedict XVI gave us this great example when the Lord led him to understand, in prayer, what was the step he should take,” Pope Francis said. “He followed, with a great sense of discernment and courage, his conscience, that is, the will of God, who spoke to his heart.”

Continue reading here by Carol Glatz , Catholic News Service

Pope Francis has given us a homework assignment: spend 5 minutes slowly reading Psalm 103: ‘Praise of Divine Goodness.’ It teaches how to pray for grace

Psalms, chapter 103
1 Of David.


Bless the LORD, my soul;

all my being, bless his holy name!

2 Bless the LORD, my soul;

and do not forget all his gifts,

3 Who pardons all your sins,

and heals all your ills,

4 Who redeems your life from the pit,

and crowns you with mercy and compassion,

5 Who fills your days with good things,

so your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


6 The LORD does righteous deeds,

brings justice to all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

to the Israelites his deeds.

8 Merciful and gracious is the LORD,

slow to anger, abounding in mercy.

9 He will not always accuse,

and nurses no lasting anger;

10 He has not dealt with us as our sins merit,

nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.


11 For as the heavens tower over the earth,

so his mercy towers over those who fear him.

12 far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our sins from us.

13 a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

14 For he knows how we are formed,

remembers that we are dust.

15 for man, his days are like the grass;

he blossoms like a flower in the field.

16 wind sweeps over it and it is gone;

its place knows it no more.

17 But the LORD’s mercy is from age to age,

toward those who fear him.

His salvation is for the children’s children

18 of those who keep his covenant,

and remember to carry out his precepts.


19 The LORD has set his throne in heaven;

his dominion extends over all.

20 Bless the LORD, all you his angels,

mighty in strength, acting at his behest,

obedient to his command.

21 Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,

his ministers who carry out his will.

22 Bless the LORD, all his creatures,

everywhere in his domain.

Bless the LORD, my soul!

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