Once again, the Queen’s DIPLOMACY sends a strong message to her people throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. On many occasions, the Queen has expressed both privately and publicly her concern about the rising secularism in British society. Her invitation to the Pope sends a strong message to the Archbishop of Canterbury that his lack of spiritual leadership concerns her as Sovereign and as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.
I am not Catholic, but I have a strong belief that people with “spiritual” lives are happier and more productive. I am not talking religion here, but I have long been very concerned about the lack of direction in the lives of our young people who have “thrown out the baby with the bath water.” I spend a lot of time sitting on Trafalgar Square talking to young people from all over the world who have come to visit Britain to enjoy the incomparable treasures that draw us all to these island shores. In all these years, NOT ONCE has the conversation turned to “spiritual” matters. The theme has always been MONEY, FAME, MODERN MUSIC, FAMILY HATREDS, OUTDATED MONARCHY, FASHION, TATTOOS, CLUBS, SEX, AND “HOOKING UP.” Every generation has had its need to reinvent itself ; but our youth are playing with FIRE on a grand scale; in so many cases THE BEHAVIOR AND EXPERIENCES are irreversible. Their GODS have become the STARDOMS of our age.
I found the speeches given by the Pope in various locations sound, necessary, and right on target. I have great faith in our young people and the world they are capable of creating; but, I do not trust the powers that are swirling around them–shall we say THE KILLING TEMPTATIONS OF OUR TIMES?
I think the Pope has a point here! Let’s read a few of the extracts from his speeches and enjoy a few images I have been able to find to share with my readers.
A lot to think about here.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918