Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Peggy Noonan on Benedict XVI

He's coming to town on Tuesday for a few days - a Pope for Peace as he moves from DC up the seaboard to New York City to address the UN Assembly. Mrs. Noonan has an interesting perspective on the Pontiff and reminds us that even though his reign is in the Shadow of someone labled Great, that he's a formidible man and a Pontiff for his time.

A Vatican reporter last week said John Paul was the perfect pope for the television age, "a man of images." Think of the pictures of him storm-tossed, tempest-tossed, standing somewhere and leaning into a heavy wind, his robes whipping behind him, holding on to his crosier, the staff bearing the image of a crucified Christ, with both hands, for dear life, as if consciously giving Christians a picture of what it is to be alive.

Benedict, the reporter noted, is the perfect pope for the Internet age. He is a man of the word. You download the text of what he said, print it, ponder it.

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