Ever since his election in 2005, Benedict XVI has been a pope I could relate to the most. Don’t get me wrong! I greatly admire John Paul II as an inspiration for my entrance into seminary and to my involvement in the Air Force Chaplain Candidate program following September 11.
But Benedict XVI has a humility and a particular personality that reflected my own. An academic and an intellectual, Pope Benedict seems a more reserved person than John Paul II. Benedict’s manner seems to be more avuncular, more approachable (even though I’d never met him personally). The more I read his writings, the more I glean solid spiritual insights.