Sunday, January 02, 2011
THE VISION OF THE TWO COLUMNS: On May 30, 1862, Don Bosco
THE VISION OF THE TWO COLUMNS: On May 30, 1862, Don Bosco recounted: "In the midst of the endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads: 'Auxilium Christianorum,' ('Help of Christians'). The other, far loftier and sturdier,supports a Host of proportionate size, and bears beneath it the inscription: 'Salus credentium,' ('Salvation of believers').
"The flagship commander- the Roman Pontiff - standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his sheep between the two columns, from whose summit hang many anchors, and strong hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books, pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons...Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course.
"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury, the enemy takes to hand to hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up, but, as he is struck a second time, he dies. A shout of victory rises up from the enemy...But no sooner is the Pope dead another takes his place...the new Pope steers his ships safely between the two columns...Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns."