John Paul II on the upcoming conclave

It is here, beneath this wondrous Sistene profusion of color
that the Cardinals assemble —
the community responsible for the legacy of the keys of the Kingdom.
They come here, to this very place.
And once more Michelangelo wraps them in his vision.
“In Him we live and move and have our being.”

Who is He?
Behold, the creating hand of the Almighty, the Ancient One,
reaching towards Adam…
In the beginning God created…
He, who sees all things…

The colors of the Sistene will then speak the word of the Lord:
Tu es Petrus — once heard by Simon, son of John.
“To you I will give the keys of the Kingdom.”
Those entrusted with the legacy of the keys
gather here, letting themselves be enfolded by the Sistene’s colors,
by the vision left to us by Michelangelo —
So it was in August, and again in October,
in the memorable year of the two Conclaves,
and so it will be once more, when the time comes,
after my death.
Michelangelo’s vision must then speak to them.
“Con-clave”: a shared concern for the legacy of the keys, the keys of the Kingdom.
Lo, they see themselves in the midst of the Beginning and the End,
between the Day of Creation and the Day of Judgment…
It is granted man once to die, and thereafter, the Judgment!

Final transparency and light.
The clarity of the events —
the clarity of consciences —
During the conclave Michelangelo must teach them —
Do not forget: Omnia nuda et aperta sunt ante oculos Eius.*
You who see all, point to him!
He will point him out…

a passage from John Paul II’s
Meditations on the Book of Genesis at the Threshold of the Sistene Chapel: Judgment

*Everything is naked and open before His eyes.

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