The month of April has been a month of significant change for the Roman Catholic
Church and for the world. A ground breaking Pope who left his mark on the entire world
has been called home by his Creator and a new Pontiff has been chosen to serve in his
The Papacy is a job from which there is no retirement. You serve for the rest of your life.
There are some valuable lessons in this for all of us. The hallmark of Pope John Paul II's
reign was a celebration of life. He was a shining light in a world that tolerates to a great
degree a culture of death. Even in his last hours on earth his entire being was a testimony
of the joy of this life and the assurance of the life to come. To paraphrase Yogi Berra,
John Paul II shows us that "It ain't over till it's over and even then it's not over."
New Cardinal Joseph Razinger begins his reign as Pope Benedict XVI. His biggest call
begins at the age of 78! May we learn from his example that God calls all of His children
to a lifetime of service; for the duration of this life regardless of age.
"It just ain't ever, ever over……