This makes so much sense... for me at least.
Respected author Elena Maria Vidal of Tea at Trianon has posted excerpts from two other sites which offer a more serious and profound insight into the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the turbulent atmosphere the Church finds itself in these days.
I especially appreciate this reflection from Taylor Marshal which she shares:
The one solid apparition I have always tried to adhere to is Fatima. There Our Lady pleaded that we pray for the Holy Father who will have much to suffer. In these apparitions Our Lady placed special emphasis on that request, as did the seers. It seems to me that we cannot casually dismiss the papacy as something from the past, something that must be changed or done away with. It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that the pope is Christ's vicar and of great importance to the Church.The Agony of the Garden among the olive trees is the prelude to the Passion of Christ! The episode at the Mount of Olives is the beginning of the redemptive sorrows ending in the crucifixion and death of Christ.So likewise, Pope Benedict's sorrowful agony as Pope may be the prelude to the final Passion of Christ's Church. His papacy is the glory of the olive because he was placed in the Agony of the Garden for the Church. All have fallen asleep. He is betrayed by his closest friends and counselors. He is all alone. He is staring into the chalice of God's wrath and he is asking that it be taken from him! - Taylor Marshall
Likewise, many years and infidelities ago, during the Pontificate of Paul VI, I understood that the Church was indeed entering a 'dark night'... following Christ to the cross. I believe that. Which is why I so appreciate this observation from Alain Besançon:
Pope Benedict “finds himself in a situation similar to that of Paul VI after Vatican II, in confronting what he called ‘the self-destruction’ of the Church. - Source