I was reading this account of the Pope's trip along the river today, even the repairing of the cross and it struck me how literally the Prophecy of St. John Bosco alluded to in this blog earlier is being fulfilled. An icon of Mary was right beside the cross next to the Pope on the boat and as soon as the boat landed the Pope made his way to the Blessed Sacrament at the conclusion of the trip. Remarkable!
As you may recall the original prophecy refers to two popes...the first most definitely was John Paul II and of course the pope who quickly is elected when he falls is the current pope. Watching Him stand at the hem of the boat was almost shocking to me as I remembered my earlier post that you can read by clicking on "this blog" above.
I have added an additional post about the "Two Pillars" of the prophecy on the main page.
From AsiaNews.it :
He told the crowd that "these days I encourage you to commit yourselves without reserve to serving Christ, whatever the cost."
The Pope's boat was escorted by five ships to represent the five continents and the universal mission of the "barque of St Peter".
The Cross of World Youth Day was on the Pope's boat. It was repaired after a gust of wind broke it.
Thanks to Michael Brown at Spirit Daily (one of my must see sites) for linking to me on this.
I too hope for the new springtime John Paul spoke about and the books I've written aim to help us ease into that time (they are in the right column of the main page here)