Prayer for England

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross. O sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the supreme Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Time Magazine: Don't Canonize the Living

TIME Magazine named Adolf Hitler as Person of the Year in 1939. Looking back, that might just have been a bit of a bad call. Stalin won the same award in 1940 and then again in 1942. Well, we all make mistakes!

Henry Kissinger won it in 1972. Lovely man. I think he won that for giving free orange juice to the children of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Well, it was something about orange. Moving swiftly on.

Blessed Pope John Paul II won it in 1994.

Blessed Pope John XXIII won it in 1962.

Yet there remains great wisdom in the Church's tradition of canonizing nobody until they are dead.

 Pope Francis has just joined a very mixed bag!

Come, Lord Jesus!


Wake Up England said...

Dear Bones:

How very, very wisely put.


Bruvver Eccles said...

I don't think the title is necessarily a mark of approval. It's just for "someone in the news". Still, it's odd that Benedict XVI missed out.

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

I thought Pius XII would have made it, if we're talking about popes.

Pelerin said...

A very mixed bag indeed! One of them - Pierre Laval - was later executed by firing squad for treason.

c matt said...

Well, to be fair, I think the standard is for the worldwide visible impression the recipient has made. That impression may be good or bad. Benedict, in a sense, would seem to be the perfect anti-recipient. His impact was not very flashy or really visible, but more "behind the scenes" and quiet/unassuming. Francis is far more flashy, despite his protests to the contrary, so seems ot fit in more with the recognition.


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