March 15, 2013

"The Very Sight Of Him Is A Burden To Us."

 "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. He professes himself to have knowledge of God,  and calls himself a child of the Lord. He became to us a reproof of our our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange."
The Book of Wisdom 2:12-15

 I was awestruck by today's reading from the Book of Wisdom. It reaffirmed to me that the Holy Spirit has chosen our new Supreme pontiff, Pope Francis. There's been a lot of discussion about this man - who is known for his humble service and unwavering adherence to the Faith and morals of the Church - including teachings on abortion, euthanasia and same sex unions. Particularly discussed has been his devotion to the poor, and his own Christlike actions which "hate the sin but love the sinner,"  which is how all the Faithful are called to live.

MIA FARROW
 Last night I saw a tweet from Piers Morgan which summed up what is occurring not only outside the Church but even among so called "open minded Catholics." Morgan stated that Hollywood actress Mia Farrow "liked" that Pope Francis washed & kissed the feet of AIDS patients, but was 'concerned' about his stance on gay "marriage." Farrow is a baptized Catholic.

TWO THOUSAND YEARS
I have a question for Mia Farrow: What is "concerning" about the 2000 year old Church - with it's vicar at the helm - striving to live in accordance with the Faith that She professes? And wouldn't it be hypocritical to do otherwise?

How open minded is it really - for anybody - to expect the Church to "adapt" to a secular society whose lifestyle is absolutely contrary to Christian Faith and morals? The ways of the Church are "strange" to those who "know not." As evident in the Book of Wisdom this was true in the days of King Solomon . . . and it is true now, for
"He became to us a reproof of our our thoughts; the very sight of him is a burden to us."

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