watched the beautiful Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide offered by Pope Francis in St Peter’s basillica. The Armenian rite,choir and speeches were fantastic. It was also Divine Mercy Sunday today. What topped it all off was Fr Z. http://wdtprs.com/blog/ writing a petition meant for Pope Francis to delcare Saint Pope John Paul a Doctor of the Church. Doctor of Mercy. Appropriate.
God willing I’ll be back tomorrow.Lotts to talk about this week. Hope your Sunday was blessed too and you have a peaceful,safe night.
I am proud to proclaim
I am a Catholic.
A saved, born again, Spirit filled, lover of Jesus
who expects to be accepted
by Protestant lovers of Jesus
because I am a sister in Christ.
BUT, my culture and way of expressions seems odd to Protestant ears,
So I am misunderstood.
Perhaps in the Body, the Protestants are the feet and mouth carrying the Good News
and as a Catholic I am an ear.
I might not look like I belong but trust me,
although I look foreign I AM part of the same Body.
May my small acts of unity reverberate throughout the entire Mystical Body of Christ.
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“Whether this emphasis on mercy will affect church teaching will likely be closely watched by those feeling excluded by the Vatican, including divorced Catholics who remarry and who want Francis to allow them to receive Communion. Gay faithful are also watching to see how they are welcomed.”
Since today is Divine Mercy Sunday I figured it would be a good day to respond to this comment. The comment is nothing new. It comes up frequently and the Jubliee Year of Mercy is another opportunity to bring it up. It’s usually brought up when a new Pope is elected.For some reason there is a perception that a new Pope is going to give the Church new doctrine.If this is the perception then the role of the Pope is terribly misunderstood. That said,let’s focus on mercy today. What is mercy? If we go before a judge, and we’re found guility of a crime, what we would hope for is mercy. This means we admit we commited the crime,we have been found guilty of it and now we are going to be sentenced. Mercy means I am hoping that I will not get what i deserve.It means that I have some hope either in mitigating factors or the COMPASSION of the judge/jury (or both)in sentencing me. The judge ultimately is God. In order to obtain mercy we must first admit we have sinned. We go to confession. The problem with our culture is that it sees the Church but no longer sees sin, has concluded it can change doctrine and doesn’t get what the Papacy is about at all. Out the window with sin, is the doctrine of hell. Evidently everyone is going to heaven. 1. The Pope cannot change the teaching of the Church. When a Pope speaks ex cathedra re faith and morals it is an infallible teaching. The Pope cannot change morality or doctrine. If committing adultery was a sin 2k years ago-Pope Francis in 2015 cannot say adultery is not a sin.
Of course the Church extends the mercy of Christ to divorced Catholics.-this does not mean they may recieve communion. Anymore than i can recieve communion if i were living with the person next to me(husband)and we weren’t married at all.
Let’s take a look at Luke 16.What did Jesus say about the matter?
“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.h
The Gay Faithful have always been welcome in the Church. I think what the media means by welcome is that the Church will change her teaching re same sex ‘marriage.’ Same sex marriage is intrinsically evil. Persons with same sex attraction are always welcome in the Church and since they are faithful they will live accordingly.
The Catechism states:
Chastity and homosexuality
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
The Divine Mercy revealed to Saint(Sister)Faustyna is not a new message. It is the message of the Church but seems to have been given to her with urgency. However, like all private revelation it is not necessary for Catholics to believe in the visions of St Faustyna.The same is true for the Appariations at Fatima,Lourdes and other APPROVED* apparitions/private revelation. Public revelation is another matter-this refers to sacred scripture and tradition.
I read the following today while doing a search on Saint (Sister)Faustyna.it is from her Diary,Divine Mercy in My Soul:
“…I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings” (Diary 153). Further reading http://faustina-message.com/diary-saint-sister-faustina.htm
Since it is Divine Mercy Sunday it would be a good time to reflect on those words. If you get a chance visit the website and read the other messages.As i noted,it is private revelation but there’s definitely nothing in it contrary to Church teaching.It’s worth reflecting on. Also,a good page on Divine Mercy Devotion from EWTN.There is background,the images, information,DEVOTIONS & PRAYERS.
On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:
“In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord
Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing,
the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening
of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one
red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord;
my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After
a while Jesus said to me, ‘paint an image according to the pattern
you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'”
* No Catholic should ever violate the practical norms laid down by the local bishop with respect to an alleged apparition, even if intellectually they disagree with his conclusion regarding the alleged apparition. Such disobedience would be sinful, and if it characterized the attitude of the followers of the alleged apparition it would be a sign of its inauthenticity, i.e. by producing bad fruit. http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/apparitions.htm