FEAST DAY: The Guardian Angels
Dear Guardian Angel, I am sorry I often forget that you are always by my side. You are filled with a Divine Love for me, so eager to lead me, always there to protect me and even more importantly to help me strive for a greater holiness, if only I ask you. Please then, I now ask you, to help me live my day being more aware of your presence and to more often call upon you, my heavenly friend that God gave me, to not only physically protect me, but to help me avoid sin and to obtain graces for my soul, so that I may fall even more in love with Our Eternal Love, He who brought us together and made us both to be eternally happy with Him. I can’t wait to see you face to face. Thank you for all you have done for me. And for all those times I forget to say this, please except this from the bottom of my heart because I now say to you… “My beautiful and most faithful heavenly friend… My Dear Guardian Angel… I Love You.”
If you haven’t heard by now, Cardinal Pell was retried on allegations of sexual misconduct for a second time and the verdict came down this week. It seems that he was absolved of the charges in the first court trial but that wasn’t the result the courts seemed to desire. Even with the facts that there were numerous testmonies to the fact that the allegation couldn’t be verified, the court system of Australia gave it another go and convicted Cardinal Pell this time around. I guess that double jeopardy is a given if one is proven innocent yet others wish a different outcome.
Now, Cardinal Pell has been very outspoken over the years in regards to marriage, homosexuality, and other views along those topics. He seems to have become a target to subtely give others notice of what happens when you go against the modern ‘truths and facts’ of the day. In every country, however, and the United States isn’t an exception, freedom of speech just isn’t all that free these days if you differ with the liberal/leftist views. A high-profile individual dares uphold his faith and values and the Austrailian legal system, in their mind, brought him down.
Although, the Cardinal is no longer a free man, is held in solitary 23 hours of each day, was limited to the sacraments at the choice of his captors, and is now being sent to a prison for felons of sexual crimes, he has maintained his faith, probably thinks on the Book of Job, and relies on the mercy of God in God’s time. We all have a God-given plan in our life and it seems that part of Cardinal Pell’s will be from behind bars.
“Can judges who do evil be your friends?
They do injustice under cover of law;
They attack the life of the just
And condemn innocent blood.“
In a very unexpected move, Pope Francis gave away the relics of St. Peter. Does the Pope know that St. Peter was the founding Pope of our church? Wouldn’t it seem appropriate even to him that such a item should remain in the focal point of all the Catholics churches in the world, the Vatican.
It seems to me that a presiding pope should have some oversight before handing over relics so profound and revered by the Church as a gift from him to someone outside our faith. A date to remember with sadness. On June 29, 2019, Pope Francis handed over the relics of St. Peter to the archbishop of telmissos as a gift to Patriarch Bartholomew to be stored in Instanbul.