benedict-with-hatHappy birthday to our beloved pope. This man–both as Joseph Ratzinger and now as Benedict XVI–has been one of my intellectual idols. Introduced to him over ten years ago, I’m still amazed when I read his work. He is an eminent scholar, a deeply prayerful man, and best of all, he’s able to translate the sometimes difficult truths and teachings of faith to make them accessible to the common layperson.

Today we wish the pope a happy birthday and many blessings on the years to come!

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