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Very few of us feel ready to say goodbye to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. It seems as though we just learned the news and now the moment of transition is fast upon us.

As we endeavor to bid adieu to our Pope, we moms are cognizant of sharing this moment in time with our children. Indeed, this feels like unchartered territory, and there is much false information swirling around the Conclave process. My deepest desire today and tomorrow is for all of us to join together in fervent prayer for Pope Benedict XVI and for our Cardinals who have such an important decision before them.

I invite you today to join me in creating a special CatholicMom.com "spiritual bouquet" for Pope Benedict XVI. Please leave your prayers, comments and well wishes below - while he may not have a chance to read our blog any time soon, our God will hear and answer these prayers for his health and well being, and for the wisdom of the Cardinals.

Prayer for the Church in Anticipation of the Vacancy of the See of St. Peter

O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter's faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.


Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus