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Tuesday, April 19, 2005



Also, as Benedict traveled to the countryside for this lifestyle of solitude and prayer, he so convinced other young men that a crowd of them followed him. I think Pope Benedict XVI may bring about a renewal of the priesthood. Yippeee

Teresa Polk

I liked those thoughts. I had somewhat hoped that Cardinal Ratzinger might take the name “Boniface” if elected, but that would have identified him more specifically with Germany than does the name “Benedict.” Thus, in addition to the name’s other implications, it enables Benedict XVI to better identify with Christians throughout Europe and even globally. In his address yesterday morning, he also spoke about concerns for unifying Christianity.

Dom John Chapman, OSB, in his classic text on St. Benedict, concluded that St. Benedict compiled the “Rule of St. Benedict,” from more than 300 probable sources, after a review of all monastic literature going back to such sources as St. Anthony of the Desert and St. Jerome, as well as Greek councils, imperial laws, the canons and the decretals. Dom Chapman believed that Benedict intended the Rule to be adaptable for monasteries with diverse populations in places far distant from St. Benedict’s own environment, and possibly throughout the western Church. I am hopeful that the name “Benedict” also reflects a wish to follow St. Benedict’s legacy of reaching out to diverse parts of the Church and drawing people into unity in the same kind of worship and prayer that Fr. Fessio mentioned.

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