Perhaps it is time to reflect on a few relatively benign diverting thoughts:
- Who will be the next pope? Whence cometh he? Out of Africa, perhaps?
- The Church is bigger than anyone one person, bigger than any one pope. The Holy Spirit is the Keeper of the Holy Catholic Church, and His protection means we can trust that the Holy Father will not teach any error in faith and/or morals, at least when he speaks ex cathedra.
- I will become the saint God wants me to be. The Christian's daily journey with Jesus requires we each take responsibility for living a life configured to Jesus. Holiness is a daily duty, a daily joy and privilege that each redeemed son and daughter of God enjoys. We only have to ask God for the grace to grow in holiness and God will give us what we need. Notice that what we each need is not necessarily what we each want.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.—St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 2:12.We might also keep in mind another passage:
(I)f I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth(.)—St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 3:15.Catholics are not at liberty to reinvent authority. We are not Episcopalians nor Anglicans. God has set in place His authority in the Office of Peter. So, as we invest in our future, we had best keep in mind that we must strive for an intimate loving communion with both Jesus Christ and His Bride the Church.