Saint John Lateran
This is the Cathedra - the Chair of the Bishop - in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Rome.
This is the Cathedra of the Pope.
For most of us, chairs are what we use to relieve our burdens, if only for a little while.
Not this chair.
This chair is itself a burden: the most fearful burden in the world, for the man who sits in it has the burden of acting and teaching and speaking as the Vicar of Christ.
At the end of all things, when Christ takes his Judgement Seat, no one will be judged more sternly than the man who sits in this chair.
May we always pray for Benedict XVI, the Bishop of Rome: that his ministry may be faithful and full of the grace, truth, and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that at the end of all things our Lord may say to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant..."
And may you and I, by the grace of Christ, carry well the burdens God has given us to bear, so that we too may hear our Lord speak to us words of joyful greeting on the Day of Judgment.