Looking On Us From Heaven
The always stellar Gloria.TV have in their latest news the mention that the Osservatore Romano has published further evidence of the Pastor Angelicus’ untiring (and dangerous) work to protect Jews from Nazi persecution. Affectionate readers of this blog have read about this several times, but it is never enough.
I particularly liked the bold introduction of the news as “Saint Pius XII”. And in fact, there is no reason why any sound Catholic should not have great confidence that this great, great man is now in Heaven, and can be asked to intercede for us by the One of Whom Francis thinks He deceived his disciples.
As a reminder: whilst Catholics cannot canonise deceased Catholics, they can be persuaded of the probability of them being in heaven with such a conviction and energy that they ask them for intercession in their daily troubles; nay, that thay ask them for help even at death’s door. Most canonisations happen because of miracles due to the request for intercession of faithful who, in fact, strongly believed the saint was in paradise in the first place.
I have no doubt that, in the case of the Pastor Angelicus, this is the case. Not only Catholic common sense tells me so, but I remember reading in one book about Padre Pio (I have read some of them; I think it was this one, but no guarantee) that Padre Pio himself had an hours-long mystical vision of Pius XII in heaven on the day he died, and said afterwards he did not have any doubt himself.
We would do well to seek, in these troubling times, strenght and inspiration from great Popes of the past; which is particularly easy in the case of Popes who have lived in times recent enough for us to naturally relate to them. Pope Pius XII lived in a world, and dealt with problems, not very dissimilar from our own. Our elders still remember him. He lived in times of cars and automobiles; aeroplanes, Radio and Television; mass horror, mass contraception, eugenics, and euthanasia. We truly can relate to his times, because they are still so similar to ours.
Intercede for us, beloved Pope Pius XII. We need your help in these disgraceful times.
You are so, so sorely missed.