MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas 1914 and the guns fall silent for a short time along the so-called Western Front. At five locations British and German soldiers play football.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Predestination


Lightning strikes Vatican after Benedict XVI resigns his post 


Predestination 

Don't ask me who the next Pope will be. Ask God. He already knows. 
- Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn 



To ask? Is it pointless? 


Why the deadly mosquito took 

one 

and not the other

as a mother might ask

or why the zip 

on someone's jacket 

jammed stuck 

just when the snow hit the town 

and the temperature dropped 

far below

zero

and he slipped on the ice

outside his back door

by way of examples

in everyday 

life . . . 




7 comments:

  1. Clever Gwil.
    Being a non Catholic (a non anything in fact), I can't begin to get in any way interested in an old Pope or a new one. Although standing in St Peter's Square on Easter Sunday morning some years ago was certainly among my most amazing memories.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I find it interesting that a cardinal, who is said to be on the short list to become the next shepherd (according to Yahoo news) actually says this. And also fascinating is that a bishop over here once said that Haiti earthquake was a punishment from God for the practice of voodoo. Now these are senior figures. They claim special knowledge of the workings of the universe that we ordinary mortals don't have or so it appears to me. It is all predestiny then according to them, except when God interferes like in Haiti - but if God does interfere then why Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and their ilk. It's a path of confusion I can't go down. The history of this church beggars belief. Even today we have cover-ups, sexual abuse of children, bank scandals etc.. Will they never learn?

    ReplyDelete
  3. In the end I shall simply leave theology to the 'experts' and admit 'I don't know'.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Strange though, the big thunderstorm over Rome and the dome of St Peter's being struck by lightning just hours after the Pope's resignation. As if God was angry.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It is not being reported here in RC Austria but it can easily be found on the internet - God's new banker appointed two days ago by the the pope as one of his last acts is a German warship manufacturer... it's true you couldn't make this stuff up. Customers include Nigeria and Argentina.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for the comment and I love this poem.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks for the comment. Re your query the followers are at the bottom right of the front page. I just got another new follower so it must be working okay.

    ReplyDelete