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 Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen expressed the three fundamental desires of the human heart: to know, to love and to live.   According to Aquinas the object of the mind is “Truth”; the object of the will/heart is “love”; the purpose of life is “Beatitude”—happiness with God forever, fullness of life in heaven.
Many today assert that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  Pope Benedict XVI coins this false-philosophical system as “The Dictatorship of moral relativism”.   This philosophy espouses the view that truth is not absolute but changes, varies, and fluctuates according to the historical time-frame, the social mores and the individual’s subjective interior state of soul.
The Catholic Church vehemently disagrees with “Moral Relativism”. Absolute Truth does exist.  Where can it be found? Not so much where is it to be found, but rather “In whom” is it to be found?   That Person is Jesus Christ who said, “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life.
Before ascending to heaven Jesus said that He would be with us always even until the end of time.   If He ascended into heaven, then where is He (Jesus) and the Truth to be found?  Simple and to the point--- in the Catholic Church.
Jesus is the invisible Head of the Church reigning in heaven, but before leaving the earth in His glorified body, He provided a visible head for us and that is in the person of the Holy Father, the pope.
Jesus said that you are Petra/Rock and on you I will build my  church and the gates of hell will not prevail against you. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 17).  Then after the Resurrection, the miraculous catch of fish in Lake Galilee, and after feeding the Apostles breakfast, Jesus took a walk with Peter.
In the course of this walk on the seashore of Lake Galilee Jesus asked Peter three times if he really loved him and Peter responded in the affirmative.  Jesus commanded Peter to tend his sheep.  Once again Jesus was affirming the role of Peter to be Jesus’ successor once Jesus left, ascending to heaven.
St. Peter was the first Pope of the 265 that would follow him.   The Pope is the successor of Christ, the Holy Father, the Supreme Pontiff (Bridge builder), the “Sweet vicar of Christ on earth” (St. Catherine of Siena).   He is the visible head of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.
St John Bosco had many dreams, but most likely the most famous of all the dreams was that of the Ship in the midst of a storm at sea.  The ship also is surrounded by enemy ships ready to attack and sink the Ship. The Captain is on the helm of the ship, with his eyes peering into the distance.  All of a sudden two huge pillars ascend from the midst of the tempestuous sea, one slightly higher than the other.
On the top of the smaller pillar could be seen Mary, under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians.  With hands folded in the greatest gesture of reverence she is contemplating in adoration the other pillar upon which is enthroned the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
The Captain directs the Ship in between the two pillars, anchors it and the Ship and its crew are safe and arrive safely ashore.
We are in the midst of the sea with so many temptations from the devil, the flesh and the world.  The danger of sinking and drowning is always a possibility.
SHIP. We must stay in the ship, the bark of Peter, the Catholic Church. This is our sure refuge as was the ark of Noah that we read in the book of Genesis. The Church has gone through tough times in its 2000 years of existence, but it is still afloat.  The key is to stay in the Ship, to stay close to Jesus in the person of the Holy Father, the Pope, and not to focus so much on the problems as to keep focusing on He and she who can help us to solve all of our problems—both Jesus and Mary.
THE TRUTH!  How can we know the truth then?  Simple. The Truth is in the Person of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but His voice and will is clearly manifested through the Pope’s teachings.
Therefore, when the Holy Father the Pope teaches all that refers to all regarding Faith, Doctrine, as well as morality then the Holy Father cannot err; in other words, he is infallible. Then it is that we actually hear the voice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This knowledge of the ultimate source and expression of the Truth should fill us with great peace, tranquility and security.   Jesus said that the “Truth will set us free.”   The devil is the Father of lies but Jesus is Truth incarnate.
What then is our duty and obligation towards the person of the Holy Father the Pope?  The following!
1.     Pray for the Pope.   He is our spiritual Father appointed by Jesus Himself to lead us the sheep of his flock to the heavenly grazing grounds forever.  Why not attend Mass and be united yourself with the priest who prays for the Pope in every Mass celebrated throughout the world and while at Mass offer your Communion for the Pope.
2.     Read the teachings of the Pope.  Encyclicals, Apostolic letters, Apostolic exhortations, discourses, Catechisms, discourses made during Papal visits.   The website “” is the official website of the Vatican in which you can have quick and easy access to all of the teachings of the Vicar of Christ.
3.    Defend the Pope.  When the Pope is being unjustly attacked--- this is more common now than ever—make it a point to stand up for the Pope and to defend him.  If someone were to attack your mother or father, I imagine you would be quick to the defense of those you love most.
4.    Portrait of the Pope.   In my room as well as in my confessional I have displayed in two prominent places the person of Blessed Pope John Paul II.  This I do for two reasons.  First, for the simple reason that I honestly love all the Popes, but especially the one who ordained me a priest and was Pope during 26 years of my life. Second, to instill in people knowledge and respect for the Pope.
5.    Love the Pope.  Jesus loves the Pope; Mary loves the Pope; the angels and the saints love the Pope.  Why not follow in the footsteps of the saints and God Himself and cultivate a tender and loving attitude of filial devotion to the Pope.   Long live Jesus!  Long live Mary!  Long live the Pope!