In celebrating the Mass of Saint Irenaeus this morning, we were all struck by the coincidence of the liturgical texts with Pope Benedict XVI’s 65th anniversary of ordination to the holy priesthood. Silverstream Priory came to birth in the singular grace of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, making us doubly benedictine. We remain profoundly grateful for all that was given us in the luminous teaching and profoundly humble example of Pope Benedict XVI.
The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace, and in equity, and turned many away from iniquity. (Malachy 2:6)
Continue thou in those things which thou hast learned, and which have been committed to thee: knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And because from thy infancy thou hast known the holy scriptures, which can instruct thee to salvation, by the faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.
I charge thee,