The Justice of God

Told by Donald R. McClarey at a meeting of the Dwight Rotary Club on September 12, 2001.


A thousand years ago a Caliph ruled an Eastern kingdom.  He was highly intelligent, unremittingly cruel and a man who raised evil to an art form.  Each year he would select a victim from among the wisest of his kingdom who would be ordered to give a speech on something that was always true.  The Caliph then would refute the argument and have the speaker beaten to death.  He had as his Vizier a man of conscience who did his best to thwart, or alleviate, the evil of his master.  For years it amused the Caliph to allow his Vizier to attempt to bring good from his evil, but finally he tired of this sport and ordered the Vizier to give a speech revealing that which was always true.  The Vizier was almost grateful that his time had come and now he could speak his mind.

“What is always true Sire?  Why the Justice of God of course.  It is ever the shield of the poor and the weak, the oppressed and those who have no hope but God.  Tyrants tremble before it.  In this world or the next God always redresses the scales of justice and rewards good and punishes evil.  Scoffers deny that the Justice of God exists, but it is as real as the air we breathe, the love of a parent for a child, and the moral sense that lives within each of our souls, no matter our sins.  God is not mocked and His Justice is His ever present sword and shield that He wields in the affairs of Men.”

For 30 minutes the Vizier spoke and the face of the Caliph grew redder and redder, radiating hate and rage.  After the Vizier finished, the Caliph raised his right arm to begin his refutation when he was felled by a mortal stroke.  His Vizier came to his side seeking to aid him, though he knew that saving the Caliph’s life would end his own.  When  he saw that the Caliph was swiftly dying, he sent him into the next world with this observation:  “The Justice of God Sire, it is frequently delayed, it is never denied.”

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  1. WoW!

    How appropriate.
    I do not propose to speak for God.
    I do however see a conclusion that will not be favorable for our current Pope.
    A disgraced papacy caused by self inflicted errors will, in the end, bring a redness of face to the current leader of Holy Church.. The Justice of God will be carried out in all of humanity.
    I pray a pardon be granted for my misdeeds of my past. How can I not ask God to pardon our Pope?
    I must.

    This is a troubling time.
    It’s our time though.

    Thank you Mr. McClarey for your diligence in all things Catholic.

    When Popewatch began I was cautious and guarded as to the content and observations therein. Your reasonings and your insights have helped me to understand the difference between the man and the one who occupies The Chair of St. Peter.

    God help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Help the families heal from their great losses. Help us love as you love.

  2. Yep, in 2018. It is going to be a yearly feature on 9-11. I found my notes on it from 2001 last year. The amount of paper that goes through the law mines each year is incredible and I have to launch periodic attempts to winnow it, and the notes were found during one of the winnowing expeditions in 2018.

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