By John W. Lillpop

With all due respect to Popes, past and present, the annual supplication for “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men,” originating in the Vatican every Christmas Eve seems to have been ignored, or postponed indefinitely, by the powers that be, or could be, to effect it’s actualization.

Surely, the much sought-after blessing is not anywhere to be found in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, or Antarctica, or in any nation, municipality, or other domain occupied by frail,  faulted humans.

No ethnic group or religious institution can promise and deliver “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men,” regardless of how well meaning or motivated.

At times, the futility of “Peace on Earth, —“ can be downright dispiriting.

Until, that is, one considers the awful state the world would be in if Popes and others of faith gave up and ceded the fate of mankind to satin and his fallen angels.

Rejoice, then, in the knowledge that there are millions of faithful who still believe in the birth of the Christ child, He who will being “Peace of Earth, Goodwill to Men,” all according to His will and in accord with His schedule!