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

Friday, April 01, 2005

The impact of John Paul II

Despite the amount of work that I needed to do in preparation for my Despedida (Farewell party) tonight, I was glued to CNN and BBC for a few hours, watching and awaiting news on the Holy Father's condition. I was amazed to hear that on Friday, he managed to concelebrate Mass, pray the Office and the Stations of the Cross and then receive top cardinals...

The BBC has been reporting in rather ominous tones as if he were dead already or definitely going that way. One line in the news report said "... his life is ebbing away". CNN was far more balanced and pointed out that sick old men do have ups and downs albeit all rather suddenly and the Pope could go either way.

Nonetheless, I was interested in the many tributes that have poured into the BBC's website from Catholics and non-Catholics. He has truly been a beacon for our times and in his ill health continues to witness to the faith of the Church.

This Pope has shepherded Christ's flock for 26+ years. Many of my generation know none other... We are the children of JP2's era and if he should pass away, an epoch in our lifetimes will have passed too. It's food for thought...


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