I missed an anniversary yesterday – one year since Pope Benedict XVI gave his final Angelus Address as Pope (on Sunday, February 24, 2013).
In that Angelus Address, commenting on the Gospel of the Transfiguration, Benedict had this to say:
Dear brothers and sisters, I hear this word of God as addressed to me in particular at this moment of my life… The Lord is calling me “to scale the mountain”, to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church; indeed, if God asks me this it is precisely so that I may continue to serve her with the same dedication and the same love with which I have tried to do so until now, but in a way more suited to my age and strength.
His final words before departing that day were, “In prayer we are always close. I thank you all!”