Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope suffers heart failure

The AP reports the latest from the Vatican: Pope John Paul II has suffered heart failure and is in "very serious" condition.
However, it said that the pope had participated in a 6 a.m. Mass Friday and was "conscious, lucid, and serene."
I'm no longer Catholic (perhaps I never really was), but you don't have to be to have compassion for another human being who is at the end of his life. I also admire the Pope's obvious strength and will to live, and his efforts against communism.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a New Testament verse I had read before, but I'd never really deliberated upon it: "Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men." (1 Corinthians 7:21-23)

I added that the Apostle Paul was probably speaking spiritually, as in Christ has freed our hearts and spirits from bondage to men. But shouldn't this also extend to physical liberty? I think so, and I believe the Pope agrees. He clearly believes that it's not enough that the spirit is free to worship God; the flesh must also be free.

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