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I was raised Catholic. My heritage is Polish. This pope, along with being a truly good man with no political agenda beyond Christ represented, was almost a family member; a relative, anyway.
I had three maiden aunts, staunch Catholics, living in a Polish neighborhood in Bridgeport. They attended Mass daily, until their later years when their mobility was removed. Then, still, they watched Mass on television every morning. They had a picture of John Paul II in almost every room. They knew Egan, before he moved to New York.
A few months ago, as my sisters and I packed their things, we joked about what we should do with the plastic pontiff that bedecked their dining room table for years. It was decided that he could not be discarded, due to their high regard. My oldest sister was decreed the responsibility of finding an approriate place in her home for the seven inch "Pope of the People". In retrospect, I'm so glad we honored them, and him.
Thinking about the history of the papacy, and the 'Church', is cause to give pause. I am no longer Catholic because I took time to study. I am not a goat. I am not a sheep. I am aware of the spin that all greed and power can produce. A lot of that has come down through the ages as 'Catholic Doctrine'. Unfortunate, and highly doubtful that the intention of Christ was what followed, in many cases. Sad, but there are alot of sheep. (Alas, a lot of goats, too.)
This pope, however, was a true man of the people, a true representative of Christ on earth. He had a lot more luxury, a lot more help. (Can you imagine seeing the works of Michealangelo and Rapheal on a daily basis?) He had no fear of being crucified; shot, yes, but not crucified. And he had the ability to derive a bubble to be driven about in.
He was a grateful man; a man of greatness.
I've read a few accounts of prophecy that count the 'end of days' by reigns of papacy. Several popes have lasted a very short time, whether by natural or unnatural destiny. Interesting, I think. On the outside I have six popes, all with about twenty-five years. Hell, we'll burn ourselves out of existance by then. The inside track though, I believe by Nostradamus (but I may be wrong), is two popes after John Paul II. If they each have twenty-five years, I'm good. My grandchildren will be here, maybe, to deal with the Apocalypse. If the popes go the way of some of their predecessors, we have much less time.
To hell with stem-cells, get your supply of masking tape-
This is getting to be a little too deep and heavy. I need to go turn my brain off, join the rest of America, and see what movies are the most mind numbing way to spend my money.
( Hey, give me a break- at least I tried to ~THINK~ for a little while...)
When Jay Leno is over, I may even say a prayer......
(Next instalment: "Can you believe that the 'Church' has their assets listed at $1.00- ...and what is that Euro?")
(and then... "Black smoke, white smoke and now bells- what the heck will be next with Catholisism?")
Demeter, thanks for inspiring to keep me writing, when what I want to do is
go hide under a blanket-