On coming out of the cathedral, both Edmundo and Father Steve comment to me separately on the inscription – “Old Europe, a cry full of love: Find yourself again, be yourself”.
This sentiment strikes me, and engenders discussion amongst our whole group.
Thirty years ago, Europe was experiencing great change.
Today it is more in disarray as countries and citizens struggle in unprecedented financial chaos that threatens the very social structure of not only the Continent but of the whole world.
The financial situation in Europe worsens by the day. There’s a lack of convergence between north and south. Two of the Union’s biggest economies, Spain and Greece are staring into the abyss. Europe could come apart at the seams.
Edmundo's 'orthodox' views of Europe?
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I also believe he wanted to address the Europeans as one people – not politically – but as a whole under the representative of Jesus on earth – the Papacy and the doctrine that comes from the Chair of Peter.
If I continue to speculate on all he meant to say, is for the Union of Europe to reorganize if necessary around it’s people and their cultures, not along political borders. Many rivalries would be overcome if people would group around their language and their traditions. I also believe that Rome knows that Western civilization is at risk by threats from the outside.
The above are just some of my thoughts.