Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Man Behind the Pope

None other than the late and very great Michael Davies.

Upon learning of his death, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote:
I have been profoundly touched by the news of the death of Michael Davies. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and I found him as a man of deep faith and ready to embrace suffering. Ever since the Council he put all his energy into the service of the Faith and left us important publications especially about the Sacred Liturgy. Even though he suffered from the Church in many ways in his time, he always truly remained a man of the Church. He knew that the Lord founded His Church on the rock of St Peter and that the Faith can find its fullness and maturity only in union with the successor of St Peter. Therefore we can be confident that the Lord opened wide for him the gates of heaven. We commend his soul to the Lord’s mercy.

The Last Religious in a Beguinage

Not actually a Beguine, but a Franciscan who had been affiliated to the last community. They all passed away leaving her in Kortrijk where I took this photo a few years ago and where she is now represented by a statue.
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