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Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, Pope John Paul II, for whom we beg the aid of Thy pitying mercy, that, with his bodily health restored, he may give thanks to Thee in Thy church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
-- Kiwi (email@example.com), October 01, 2003
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 01, 2003.
-- Joe (email@example.com), October 01, 2003.
What is there to celebrate? There will be great pomp and circumstance as the hype for the Pope's 25th Jubilee will be heightened and the dire diagnosis of the Mystical Body shrouded from the public. Yet we know the cancer, which permeates from the top on down, has taken its toll of countless souls and spreads daily. There can be no denial that the only sure cure is Divine Intervention.
In a little over a month there will be great pomp and circumstance in Rome over the 25-year jubilee of the pontificate of John Paul II. My question: What is there to celebrate? Rather we should all put on sack-cloth and ashes and pray for God's Mercy to restore His Mystical Bride to the luster she once illuminated so wondrously before the invasion of satan's hordes. With that hope, it was the simple wisdom of a humble Traditional priest who put it all in perspective for us, and I would like now to share with all this profound, but simple analogy.
Holy Mother Church is the Body of Christ, more appropriately the Mystical Body of Christ. We see in our hearts Christ in all His splendor and glory, the King of all - the Redeemer and Lord of Lords. That is Who most Christians relate to when they think of Jesus, Who drew twelve men to Himself even though His message did not promise instant material riches. When others sought to join Him they could not divest themselves of their own worldly attachments such as the young man in Matthew 19: 21-24. One man, a most energetic and resourceful disciple was perhaps the hardest working Apostle who was not afraid to express his opinions. However, his perception and the failure to live up to his own expectations and stubborn will caused him to do the unthinkable: betray the One he served. Have not there been many Judas's since the death of Pius XII? Yet his confreres - the other Apostles - the ones hand-chosen by Christ and who swore to stay with Him , either betrayed Him or fled.
-- John (John@uteop.com), October 02, 2003.
In my parish His Mystical Bride is as lustrous and radiant as she ever was. But only to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. I pray that God will reopen your eyes and your ears to the incredible fullness of His truth, the boundless glory of His One Holy Church, and the immeasurable wealth of the holy Catholic faith, the faith as taught in the temple of the living God, through the successors of the Apostles under His Holiness, the appointed Vicar of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All of this is as near to you as your own heartbeat. May the scales fall from your eyes, and the bindings be removed from your heart. May you reach out and touch reality, before it is too late. The Holy Catholic Church, with Christ at the helm, remains strong and pure until the end of time, by divine decree. How dreadfully tragic for those who, convinced of her imminent demise, choose to abandon ship and tread water in her wake, clinging desperately to the past, as she forges steadily ahead, through calm and storm, ever toward the Promised Land.
-- Paul (PaulCyp@cox.net), October 02, 2003.