January 28, 2017
Despite what goes on in Rome (or elsewhere in the world for that matter), the strings that control all are securely tied to the fingers of Our Lord. By his Will or Permission, men rule, make rules, and make mistakes, for ill or for good for the person or persons involved.
This Pope has not been good for Catholics or the Church when he departs from its perennial teaching and mission; he is a bad ruler simply because of his patented "thug" methodology (other writers' term, but it is apropos) which at the very least is un-Catholic and un-Charitable; he has made "deplorable" those Catholics who hold fast to Our Lord's words and the Church's perennial teachings and Latin Mass, as if we were dumber than a box of rocks for doing so; he has made and promoted - implicitly or explicitly - rules that contradict the very words of God and Our Lord. I simply do not understand how any cleric wearing black, purple or red can simply brush that aside. Can they be that dumb or am I just a simpleton?
Regardless, the Pope needs our prayers and the Church clerics need to awaken from their lethargy. Until that happens, we need to stand with Our Lord when a conflict between man and God arises, for it is Him we all must answer to eventually, and I doubt He will accept the answer "Well, the Pope said it was OK for me to receive Communion without getting an annulment" or "The Bishop in our diocese allowed me to receive Communion while in an adulterous marriage without going to Confession".
Confusion reigns supreme in the Church today. There seems to be little left of the 4 marks of the Church, for all have been assaulted in various ways for decades with no clear end in sight.
Still, it is comforting to know where the strings that control all are secured, for it is the only security we seemingly have left. Where men will fail other men, themselves and the world, Our Lord will never fail His Church or those who strive to remain Faithful to His Teachings.
Pray for Pope Francis, the Cardinals, the Bishops and priests for all are worthy of our prayers. We should remember well the words of Thomas a Kempis, "We are all frail but think none more frail than thyself".
"Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam Meam, et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam."
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