Thursday, October 4, 2012

Saint Peter, as well as 20th Century, in the storm

Perhaps the most turbulent decade of the 20th century occurred when Pius XI was Pope. A scholar and athlete (he had climbed both Mt. Blanc and the Matterhorn), he became increasingly more and more involved with politics between World War I and World War II.

The scene of St. Peter in the Storm, the reverse side with St. Peter perishing in the rowboat, was minted on many coins in the decade before World War II.

This imprint shows St. Peter sitting alone in the small boat. The waves are choppy. The boat is capsizing. Although St. Peter has one oar in the water, he has placed the other one down in the boat, for the situation seems hopeless, and he raises his right hand beseechingly to heaven as the forceful gale pushes he garments in every direction. It will take the Lord's actions to save him.

Metaphorically, this was the state of the world between 1929 and 1945. People of faith believe God's actions also were instrumental in ending the war.

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