As for millions of others in the world today,
the day stopped still even before midday.
Thoughts focused on the lovable person of our Holy Father.
It was like hearing of his sudden death.
With sorrow and acceptance dueling with each other;
with the grace of his pontificate fast approaching its close,
I found consolation in knowing that we obeyed
when he called us back to unity with him.
Our Congregation's consolation
is that we listened to his Motu proprio of 7 July 2007.
We may have been the only SSPX group that committed itself to action,
by returning to the heart of the Church in response to his request,
but in what concerns his person:
that we responded to his invitation, is our chief consolation
at this time, when he is leaving us.
Without his appeal to us and the grace that went with it
~the voice of Christ speaking through Benedict ~
without that call to life,
we would be in spiritual misery today.
If only all had answered!
We were not a great catch for the Fisher of Souls
we were but some little fish in the net of his pastoral charity;
just a few strays that heard the Shepherd's voice:
and he carried us on his shoulders!
He carried us on his shoulders!
Thank you Holy Father for all that you did for us;
Our Fisherman, our Shepherd, our Father
you have a great place in our hearts.
Soon then, our beloved Benedict will leave us.
The retired Pope retires to the monastic mountain
to pray for us as yet another Moses.
Have we lost?
Humanly we sorrow;
supernaturally we gain.
It is God's Will.
In His Will is our peace.