If you were to lament that the ship bringing in your healing or relief from some problem too often gets lost at sea, you wouldn't be the first. "The rule is, jam to-morrow, and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day." (Lewis Carroll, "Alice Through The Looking-Glass") We all have the same lessons to learn, but some of us seem to have a perverse and bullheaded affinity for more than a few of the attractions in the smorgasbord of mortal mind. It doesn't take much vinegar of wrong thinking or acting to sour the milk of Truth in one's thought.
"Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2: 10) I described in an entry long ago how some monkeys are captured. A hole just large enough to admit the monkey's paw is cut into an empty gourd. A delicacy is placed in the gourd, which is then tethered. The monkey reaches in to get the desirable munchies, but finds his full fist will not pass back through the small opening. The monkey will thus allow itself to be captured rather than let go of its prize and free its paw. One may be inclined to think "How dumb can a creature get?", until he takes an honest gander at some of the infelicities he clings to and cherishes "In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart" (Yeats), in the unkempt gourd of his material indulgences. At least some of us can be grateful that it is never too late to finish our job of putting error out of one, thus assuring that our ship unfailingly comes in.
Note: The quote "If you have tears . . . ." is from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Anthony is speaking, mordantly, at the funeral of Caesar. It might also be relevant that he says later in his speech:
They that have done this deed are honourable.
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
That made them do it. They are wise and honourable,
And will no doubt with reasons answer you.
In fact the entire play has a measure of relevance to the Church matter, where, though, it appears to have been a mental assassination, not, obviously, one with knives or daggers. There is also portrayed in the play envy, conspiracy, and a touch of that old chestnut "Who shall be greatest?"
It was not my intent in that entry to drum up support, monetary or otherwise, for the group featured in the "Banner" (Novus Ordo Seclorum), but neither would I airily pooh-pooh their effort. The subject is, I believe, a real and serious one, but legal sapping of the disputed fortifications has been attempted before--unsuccessfully. I wouldn't go so far as to say they have embarked on a fool's errand, but there is an element of the quixotic about it at this late date. God can accomplish through our prayers what the uncertainties and limitations of the legal system, vis-a-vis religious and metaphysical matters, cannot.