I received the second volume of George Card. Pell’s “prison journal”.
I am nearly finished working my way through the first volume. It is inspiring. I read a little each night and reflect on my own lot. It’s humbling.
This man was falsely accused. The accusations were so obviously ludicrous that Card. Pell returned to Australia from Rome for the trial. However, anti-Catholic bias ran deep and he was eventually sentenced and spent over 400 days in prison until the land’s highest court overturned the previous sentence.
The Cardinal kept a good journal during his time in prison, noting the events of the days and also making comments on spiritual issues, readings in the Liturgy of the Hours, correspondence. Each entry ends with a prayer relevant to one of the points he made.
Like I said, it’s humbling.
Prison Journal, Volume 1
Prison Journal, Volume 2: The State Court Rejects the Appeal
I am thanking St. Joseph in a special way these days. I sang his Litany today after Holy Mass. I would like to help to spread devotion to him. A good way to do that, is to clue you in about a marvelous book:
Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway
St. Joseph is a mighty intercessor. I’ve been blessed several times by his help in times of real need and stress. I have zero doubt that he was the one who intervened, so concretely that it’s amusing.
I will also add another good book for priests.
And because the priest’s self-understand is tied to everything in the Church…
In Sinu Iesu