Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.
Mind you, God did not say to this veteran, “You are getting old and you’ve had it!” On the Pillars of Hercules was a warning to sailors, Ne plus ultra,which means “no more beyond.” That was the limit beyond which mariners dared not venture. But Joaquin Miller in his immortal poem about Columbus began,
Behind the Gates of Hercules.
That was really a starting point for Columbus. He believed there was more beyond and we Americans are living on the more today! For the Christian, there lies far more to be possessed here and now and beyond that, new heavens and earth! God grant the Church today some hardy souls who, while frightened or complacent saints rebel, know only one reply, “Sail on! Sail on! And on!” And of such it shall be said, “He gained a world: he gave the Church its grandest lesson: On! Sail on!”