Philip’s grandfather said on his deathbed that
he was still King of Austria - Hungary,
and no one could take from him that right.
His father too, called himself King of Austria - Hungary. Philip knew the story of how his
grandfather’s best friends and most trusted allies tricked him and how he was
forced into exile on Madeira. Philip spent many an hour at his tomb. Now was the time to take back the crown for
his grandfather. Charles von Habsburg
died on April First but the fools will be those who think the monarchy of Austria
Philip did not believe in Monarchies as such but
as a protector of the people and their rights, sometimes it was the only
way. What he objected to was the idea of
absolute monarchs. A Monarch at the will
of the people was not a problem. Philip always believed that a Constitutional Republic was the best form of
government, but Written Law cannot protect itself. A King, whose only job is to protect the
Written Law, can be a blessing providing he has no other power. Power corrupts so all power should be in the
paper and not the person, any person.
Philip thought of Thailand
where kings watch over democratically elected republics keeping corruption out
but making no laws themselves.
Philip looked at his commanders with
determination: “We shall march to Austria and I shall reclaim my
father’s crown,” he told his Knights. It
was time for the saint, Charles von Habsburg, to go home. His uncorrupt body
belonged in Austria
and on his own property.
Philip sent the Frenchmen back to France and his
German allies remained in Germany. The Knights went out in pairs to take control
of Germany, Poland, and Hungary. Philip took only a small army of Knights into
and marched right up the government steps without a fight.
He told all the members of the Austrian
government to step down. He ordered all
local governments dismantled and reorganized according to the new
constitution. He told the Austrian
people the type of government they would have and that there would be no
Federal taxes. Taxes would be on a local
level because he would take care of the Federal Government with his own
“As King of Austria, I ask nothing from
you. I do not want your money or your
honor. I offer you only one thing, peace
- peace between Austrians and peace from any foreign invasion. The elders of your town will judge disputes and
set up government systems until you can have democratic elections. No one will ask anything from you except that
you commit no crime against your neighbor.
If you do, you will answer to me directly.”
The Austrians loved him. Millions came out to cheer him. Austria had been in fear of the mobs throughout Europe for two years.
Philip’s victories over them were welcome news. Thousands of Serbs, Croatians, and Bulgarians
crossed the border of Austria
to pay him honor and to get his help in setting up governments in their
He stayed on in Austria for a year. Lithuania,
Latvia, and Estonia
joined him. Cuba was the first South American
government to set up behind him. The
President of Russia sent him a letter of support, and asked for help in that
Russian farmers were refusing to send food to the cities. Philip sent representatives to the Russian
farmers and opened the food lines.
Philip stayed at his grandfather’s house as he
watched all of Western and Eastern Europe come under his control within a year,
including Russia. Two European countries were still fighting
with each other. The Italians were still
killing each other in the streets, and in England, Moslems had resorted to
terrorism and had blown up the government buildings, the factories, and the
ship yards. Ireland
had united into a single country and brought Scotland into submission. Many Protestants crossed over into England. Ireland
maintained a stable government throughout the civil wars, and moved into England
to help bring control back to the streets.
Hong Kong declared independence from China,
and Singapore expanded its
influence over Asia.
Philip moved the uncorrupt body of his
grandfather, St. Charles, to his home in Austria. A million people came to honor the saint and
see his uncorrupt body before it was placed in a small building in the grounds
of the vast estates of the Habsburg family, which he reclaimed and paid the
government for all the work done on it over the past 70 years.
But Philip was not happy. He was concerned about the Holy Father
was still far from peaceful and he had not heard word from him. He called his twelve leaders together. “We must go to Rome.”
Philip marched around the Alps through the
straits of Trieste
with the entire Polish army. They went
into every northern city and one by one stopping the civil fighting and setting
up order. They took away weapons from
the gangs and gave them to the farmers and merchants. The Knights set up temporary systems of
government. After peace was assured, the
army moved on to the next city or town disarming every gang. Philip always left
at least two behind to organize a useful police force and then moved on. They kept moving south until they reached Rome.
Rome was even worse than
when he saw it last. What buildings
remained were badly damaged. All electric power was
out. Cars were left in the middle of the
streets out of gas. All stores were
closed and people wandered the streets looking for food. Only the water system was working that pumped
water to the many fountains of Rome. The natural gravity of water from the lakes
in the seven hills kept water running through Rome and prevented a great deal of deaths
from diseases. Philip sent the army and tanks
out to go through every street and cleanup the mess. Every person and every building was searched
for weapons. Every gang was
eliminated. No one was taken
prisoner. If they gave up and turned
over their weapons they were set free.
If not? It took a month to clean
up Rome. The power was turned back on by finding the
workers and getting them back to work at the power plants. Philip paid them with his own money.
On the first day in Rome, Philip went straight to St. Peter’s
tomb. When Philip reached the large open
square in front of St. Peter’s, he asked his men to wait there for him. Only Simon walked with Philip. Philip carried the sword of Joseph of Armethia. Simon held
the ass that pulled the cart with the Holy Grail. Simon wanted to ask about the Holy Father,
but he could see that Philip was praying as he walked so he said nothing. He stopped long enough to change the barrel
of his gun to a higher caliber and a power scope. With the scope he scanned the tops of the
square for any threats and then motioned Philip to move forward.
They zigzagged around the fallen pillars and
statues until they reached the steps to the main doors of the Basilica. Simon picked up the leather box very
carefully and carried it up the long steps and past the Pieta. The main roof was still mostly gone. The arch over the main altar remained
untouched. Down the long main isle they
walked in the open air. They had to walk
around and over fallen pillars, roof structures and statues. It was sad but the rays of the sun came
through the open roof and struck the gold pillars of the main altar creating a
feeling of Heaven. Philip looked at the damaged Church with sadness and then
looked up at Simon.
“We have the money, money from Solomon, money
from the old Temple. Let us start right now rebuilding St.
Peter’s.” said Philip as he looked up and out the open roof. “This building is the new temple of Jerusalem,
just as the Church is the New Jerusalem. It will be a sign to the world as it
was before, the pin of truth and unity.”
As they walked down the long isle, Philip felt a
feeling of triumphant joy. He felt that
he was called to do a job and it was being accomplished. The closer he got, the
better he felt. Birds were flying around inside the main arch and the sun made
them a shinny white. They were singing
as they flew. Philip stood taller and
taller as he walked, pulling his shoulders back. He was no longer ashamed to face God, because
God’s command was being accomplished through him. It was happening and he was part of it. When he reached the foot of St. Peter’s tomb,
he knelt down at the top of the steps and laid his sword on the floor. He kissed the first step and then walked down
beneath the altar to kiss the glass over the tomb of St. Peter and say a
Simon carried the leather box around the railing
to the main steps up to the high altar.
He walked up and placed the box on the high altar right in the center
over the tomb of Peter and removed the leather box over the Holy Grail. He
bowed and walked backwards down the steps.
Light streamed through the blown-open back wall and right through the
brown diamond cup of the chalice.
As Simon was backing off the altar and as Philip
was coming up from St. Peter’s tomb, the white clad Pope Benedict stepped into
the area under the great dome. As he
walked towards the altar, Philip spotted him and stood in silence. The white robe glowed in the sun and his
black skin disappeared so that you could see nothing but his sparkling eyes.
Benedict walked around to the front of the
stairs next to Philip and turned to look at the Holy Grail.
power in the Blood of Christ, wouldn’t you say!” He knelt on one knee and then got up again.
“That is the true and real physical presence of
Christ in that cup. ---- But then, it is the true and real physical presence of
Christ in every Mass and every tabernacle.” Benedict then hugged Philip. “There
is something missing.”
Merlin answered, “You are looking for this?” He
held out a large spear point and screwed it on the tip of the lance. He then tapped it on the marble floor of the
stairs and presented it to the Holy Father.
“Your Holiness, the
lance of Cassius, known as St. Longines, as I
The Holy Father kissed the tip. He laid it on the altar and stepped back. “At
last, my Lord, the lance that opened the Sacred Heart of Christ to start the
Church and the Mass and the Blood that redeemed mankind and opened the gates of
Heaven, and the Chalice of the first Mass, all back at their proper resting
Philip then looked into Benedict’s eyes and
“I was worried that you would not be safe.”
“I told you that I would be OK here.” Benedict
“I was worried.
You are my authority and without you I have none.”
“The next pope will not change my ruling without
a just cause. But since this is not a
matter of faith and morals, he could if he had just reason. You are here to see me because you think your
job is almost over – right?”
“It will not be long now that we will have
brought peace and unity to Europe. Some countries in South
America have asked us to set up governments there. Oh! Even Russia
has accepted our help and our constitution.”
“What about the rest of the world? What about Jerusalem,
“What? The entire world? I
cannot do that.”
“That is what you said about France. Our Lady of Fatima promised
world wide peace. You are the instrument of that peace. I promised God unity of all Christians. You and I are not done yet.” The Holy Father looked up at the Holy
Grail. “From now on you can count on the
United States of America
to help you. I know this from inside
information, and from the promise of Our Lady of America. Now, let us bring peace to the entire world
and then you will be done with what God sent you to do.”
Benedict gave Philip a blessing and a smile and
then turned and walked away. Philip
stood there for over twenty minutes just stunned at the matter of fact attitude
of the Pope and thinking of how impossible it would be to bring peace to the
entire world. He looked at the Holy
Grail that he was going to leave there.
Philip stayed in Rome
long enough to get order back to the city and went home to Austria. He informed his wife of
the Pope’s command. She looked into his
eyes and tears started coming down. For
the past years she had hardly seen the husband that she loved and now it would