Earlier this week at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati offered a Mass of Thanksgiving for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The Catholic Telegraph has made a video the homily available via You Tube:

Here’s an excerpt of the text:

Elected pope at the age of seventy-eight, Pope Benedict XVI could not have been expected to continue the hectic schedule of worldwide travel that allowed his predecessor Pope John Paul II to log nearly 800,000 miles and visit 129 countries. But he brought his own talents and gifts to the papacy. He is a brilliant theologian and philosopher. I first met Cardinal Ratzinger over twenty years ago when I served in the General Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and, when I traveled to Rome in 2010 to receive the pallium and again last year for the ad limina visit, Pope Benedict recalled my days as General Secretary. Though a man who enjoys his privacy, Pope Benedict XVI is unfailingly kind, hospitable, and welcoming. Ultimately, he is a very pastoral man.

Oftentimes terms such as “hardliner” or “ultra-conservative” conjure up images that fall short of reality. Pope Benedict XVI is a man of deep faith who wishes to voice the authentic teachings of Jesus and wishes, as well, to help others experience the joy (Jn. 15:11), peace (Jn. 14:27), and fullness of life (Jn. 10:10) that Jesus promises to those who live by these truths.