But I tend to be a doe-eyed optimist.
Just what, in this calendar year, is so worthy of prayer? Well, all of the following events are on deck:
-- visit to the United States, with speeches to the U.S Congress and the United Nations included
-- the release of a new Encyclical, believed to be on environmentalism
-- the dreaded Synod
Creative Minority Report already posted that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency met with the Pope today. Great. Glad to hear it.
Imagine the Pope's trip to the United States, where there will no doubt be at least one Papal mega-Mass. Plenty of good photo-ops for notorious pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, "Catholic" politicians to receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously. Hey, with any luck, they'll receive it from the Holy Father himself. Imagine him addressing Congress and the U.N., undercutting the efforts of the remaining Catholic bishops, priests, and laity to resist sodomitical marriages, junk science climate change totalitarianism, or whatever else he thinks of that morning.
The upcoming encyclical will be the first for which he is solely responsible, and if it is at all like his Apostolic Exhortation, we're headed for whitewater, as Mike Sexton would say.
Then, finally, the great planned mini-Vatican II to sabotage marriage and Holy Communion, and to set the stage for the normalization of adultery and homosexual conduct.
You can't wait, either?
Oh, and I almost forgot-- he will preach a homily nearly every day and give a public address nearly every week. Who knows what any of those will bring.
What else can we do but pray?
Remember, though I have written somewhat cheekily here, we don't save the Church, the Church saves us. But that does not mean we don't get the leadership we deserve. And what have our sins deserved?
May the Mother of the Church be our constant aid. Mater Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis!