Something to remember

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

Words and pictures: Three (1970) Life Magazine articles chronicle the post-Vatican II revolution in the church.

The present Catholic crisis, comparable only to the turbulence of the Reformation period, closes in on Pope Paul as on no other man. And he has made no effort to conceal the pain it causes. Not long ago the Pope told Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that he begins his day by reading mail from all over the world. “There is a thorn in almost every letter,” Paul said. “When I put my head against the pillow at night, it rests upon a crown of thorns.”

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Mysterious stranger

One day, a man went to visit a church. He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver, got out and said,
‘I always park there! You took my place!

The visitor went inside for Sunday school, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated,
‘That’s my seat! You took my place!’

The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday school, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, ‘That’s where I always sit!
You took my place!

The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still he said nothing. Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out,
‘What happened to you?’

The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye,
‘I took your place.’

Submitted by Bob Stanley