The Pope announces his resignation
Ministry is hard at best, I can only begin to imagine what the pressure and challenges of ministry are for a Pope. Some say that his timing is bad because after all tomorrow we enter into the season of Lent. But I am not sure there is ever a good time in the liturgical year to retire.
But I wonder more about how it is in our society we come down so hard on those who say "no" or who decide that they cannot do something, so they need to step down. I haven't come across any articles that speak about how when you feel God is calling you to do something different, then you better follow.
Understanding our limits and also allowing someone else who has the time and energy to lead to lead is healthy.
Maybe our focus should be on our Catholic brothers and sisters who are facing something that not even their grandparents or great grand parents faced.
So I'll say it, grace and peace to you all as you go through this transition and may God lead the church universal into tomorrow!