Monday gone my wife had her chemotherapy. It was here that we both found out about His Holiness decision to step down from the Papal Chair on 28th February. We were shocked at the sudden news but not surprised. I knew that His Holiness did not want this Papal office to begin with and was hesitant of taking such a stressful position.
Prior to learning about the Popes resignation, my wife told me that she had learned from the doctor that morning how they had decided on a date when they would induce and deliver the baby early. The original due date was March 27 but now that Audrey has cancer they must deliver earlier. The date they have decided on is March 19th.
We arrived home from hospital that day and having put our feet up we decided to talk about names for the baby. I came up with Benedict. My suggestion had nothing to do with the Pope, it just came to me. We kind of thought it would be a nice middle name but that was about it. Exhausted from all the attempts to try and arrive at a name we acknowledged that in the end, whatever name we do happen to decide upon would always be the result of Jesus. For it is Jesus who names our children.
It was at this point my wife retired and I sat up a little longer. When I got to bed it was then that she excitedly told me whose feast day it was March 19th. It was indeed St.Josephs feast day. We never even thought of it. We knew there was no way we could avoid calling him after St.Joseph so we did decide to call him Joseph.
Then something even more providential happened afterwards. We updated about it on our facebook status and then followed up that we are just looking for a middle name now. it was then that our friend Susan commented that we should call him Joseph Benedict Mc Elligott. That was amazing because earlier before going to bed we had discussed calling him benedict or at least using this name as a middle name.
To stretch it even further, to our amazment, Joseph is the current Pontiffs first original name and Benedict the name he took for the Papacy.
God truly is wonderful. On the day of the Popes resignation and act of sincere humility, we called you Joseph Benedict. God truly is wonderful.
God bless and have a great lent.