Although, naturally enough under the circumstances, we didn't have a lot of notice about the Holy Father's last public Mass in St Peter's Basilica yesterday (Ash Wednesday) I hope nonetheless that some of you were able to watch it on television or online; or at least some of it.
It was of course a beautiful Mass and very moving.
You might like to read the Holy Father's homily from the Mass so here is the text for you to read and meditate on in your own time.
As always, whenever Pope Benedict preaches, there is a great deal of spiritual nourishment for us to reflect on.
Let us all prayer for our Holy Father and for his successor.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.