We have often opined that when We are elected Pope, We shall disappear into the Apostolic Palace for lengths of time so protracted that the world will suggest that We have died. Our Encyclicals will be brief and our Briefs will be terse. Our decisions will come rarely, since much of the running of all the other stuff will be handled adroitly by our Vicar For Everything. Furthermore, the newly renewed Noble Guard – with license beyond that of 007 – will ferret out the problem makers and the revised Swiss Guards – mutually enriched with retired Marines, Rangers, SEALs, SAS, etc., will maintain order on Our perimeter. But, mainly, We shall not be “out there”.
I now direct the readership to
- a recent post by Fr. John Hunwicke, at his excellent blog. HERE. After a few observations about the present holder of the See of Peter, he considers the prudence of the next Successor of Peter (if not Us then who?).
- Moreover, Taylor Marshall and his sidekick have in a podcast dreamed a dream of what they would as Pope. Silly usurpers. We shall thwart them. HERE
There is an old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side of the whatever.
The ancient poet Horace – We were told as an undergrad that, as We aged We would appreciate him more and more, and We do – creatively explained this nearly ubiquitous phenomenon in his Satires, when he recounted the exchanges of the farmer and the soldier, the town-mouse and the country-mouse, the cart-horse and the race-horse. Each pines for a situation which isn’t real … for him. They learn that their lot is the lot they’ve been allotted.
Of all the possible universes God could have created, He created this one, not another. He knew each one of us before the creation of the cosmos. He called us into existence at exactly the place and time of His choosing according to His plan. This is where he wants Us to be.
These are our times. These are the problems which we, uniquely, are called to face.
Let Us, each of us, review the duties and responsibilities of our state in life as it is in the here and now, the hic et nunc, and then carry them out with true devotion. If we do that, God will give us every actually grace that we need, because we are carrying out the role He gave us in the economy of salvation.