Pope Benedict XVI: Keeping an eye on the kids

IMG_1255It tickled me that Pope Benedict’s resignation brought the 85-year-old pontiff onto the radar screen of even teenage girls.

Text from daughter: I heard that the pope resigned!!!

Text back from mom: I heard that. I wonder if he is the first to resign?

Text back from daughter: Clare says the first in 600 years!!

The pope does not normally loom large in the lives of adolescents (nor, perhaps, their parents, unless we make an effort to read about him). But Benedict XVI, octogenarian scholar that he was, often spoke movingly of the challenges facing our children and young people today. He understood their spiritual hunger. Continue reading