Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Peace and Vatican II

Here is a stamp of the beloved Pope John XXIII

67 L aluminum coin
Obverse is crowned shield
Reverse is radiant dove immersed in rays


     This humble coin was meant to herald the second Vatican Council. However, in retrospect another vision is clear. In 1962 the United States and Russia came to the brink of nuclear war. Each country by then had large arsenals of hydrogen fusion bombs, more powerful by a factor of thousands than the atomic fission bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truly, the world might have been destroyed.

     Thirty thousand of these coins were minted, with many available to collectors today,
and I suppose few who own them link them with the Nuclear Crisis of 1962.

     Isaac Walton wrote, “miseries avoided are mercies granted.” Certainly, even with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the world has been shown great mercy since 1962 and this coin is a continuing reminder of God’s saving power in our world.

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