Some people live under the sign of their horoscope. But what if, as Catholics, we are spiritually linked to the Holy Father who was pontiff when we were born?
My gut intuition is that our spiritual Holy Fathers have something personal to say to each of their sons and daughters. So do you know who was pope when you were born? Do you have a favorite saying or inspirational passage from your spiritual Holy Father? Are you a Pius XII, a John XXIII, or a Paul VI Catholic (like me)--or are you part of the "Catholic boomer" generation, born during the epic papacy of John Paul II? Wherever each of us falls demographically, we are blessed to be on an incredible run of holy Holy Fathers, so we can rest assured that they are interceding on our behalf.
Maybe our spiritual Holy Fathers complement the work of our earthly fathers and our baptismal Godfathers, supplementing where there were deficiencies or failures and reinforcing where there were solid foundations laid for us. In honor of the recent beatification of Pope Paul VI, I'd like to share some "gratitude attitude" for his ongoing role in my life.
After guiding the Second Vatican Council to its conclusion, Paul VI stood courageously and prophetically on at least three major issues which have helped shape who I am: