September 24, 2015
The institution of the papacy has been horribly maligned during the last quarter of a millennium. The Roman Pontiff has done nothing but good for the world, the Catholic world in particular, yet he has been vilified both in and outside of the Church. Sure he gets applauded in public, they love to get their picture taken kissing his ring while all the time sharpening their knives to plant them firmly in his back. Yet through all these terrible travails the Supreme Pontiff marches on.
In homage to him I offer a few words which might have been spoken by His Holiness to the United States Congress:
When your Declaration of Independence was first published I had already been in Rome for seventeen centuries. When Christopher Columbus first landed on these shores I had been there for nigh on fifteen centuries. When the First Crusade was launched I had been in Rome for a millennium, and when the followers of Muhammad stormed out of the desert I had been there for half a millennium. I saw the Roman Empire fall. I went out to meet Attila, and I was not bested by him. I knew Alaric and I knew Constantine, the master of the world, and he knelt before me. I outlasted Diocletian and Decius, Marcus Aurelius and Domitian. And I ate and drank with the Incarnate Word when He took on flesh and dwelt among men. Hear me.
Your nation is great and powerful and your influence spreads to every corner of the world. The ships of your navy ride high on the seas, the planes of your air force can reach any spot on the planet within twenty four hours, and your satellites can read the license plate of any car in any city on the globe. But you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Hear me.
My memory is littered with the ruins of great and powerful kingdoms. My eyes have seen the shipwrecked dreams of ambitious men. My commandment to you is only what has been given to me: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbor as thyself.
Or at least that is how it goes in my dream. Please pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.