With emotion did I watch one of the very last living Council Fathers atop the cobbles of Rome. I thanked the Lord of History for the moment and then thought of this line from 2004:
"Unfortunately very few of the bishops and cardinals who took part in the Second Vatican Council are still alive. It was a most wonderful ecclesial event, and I thank God that I was able to participate in it from the first day to the last."
-Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Pope John Paul II