. in response to Traditionis custodes (“Guardians of the tradition”)---the new motu proprio issued by Pope Francis on July 16, 2021. She has been scarred before. She knows the sting Of scorn and ostracism. She has been poor And homeless. Hunted, hiding from a string Of angry mobs, she lived, escaping sure Death. She survived. O, pray she can withstand The desecration of St. Peter’s grave, The inside persecution, the command To silence her for good. On rocks, in caves, Pray she endures, clandestine if need be, And grows, and draws the faithful to her side With her majestic beauty. History Of holiness and martyrdom abides __In her. Do not despair, for popes are men. __“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Amen. . . Sasha A. Palmer is a Russian-born writer and translator, who currently lives in Maryland. Sasha is the recipient of international awards in poetry and translation. Her work appeared in Writer’s Digest, Slovo/Word, Cardinal Points, and elsewhere.