Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Pope John Paul II's witness

Recently, I have taken to reading 'The Guardian' online and have found quite a few of its articles to be thought provoking and helpful.

This comment by Martin Kettle, who is neither Catholic nor Christian is interesting and says something about the witness the Pope wants to give to suffering, ageing, mortality. It is a noble witness indeed and one I personally find difficult and heart-breaking to watch. But watch we must for all of us at some stage will sicken, age and die. It is part of the human condition.

Seldom is this played out on the world stage but John Paul II is determined that his witness to the Cross is seen by all people. Brave, heroic and challenging in a world where the elderly are often shunted aside or disrespected.

As ever, I salute the Holy Father for his example and thank God for him.


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