September 12, 2014

The Watering Down of The Catholic Faith

By Deborah Tedeschi


Jesus walked with and loved sinners - US.

Jesus said love is ALWAYS above all else. Did Jesus show love when he displayed righteous anger by overturning the tables in the temple? Answer: YES.

As a church we love and accept all. We do not marginalize or judge people. However, we do - and we are - called to judge sinful BEHAVIOR. We instruct the ignorant and admonish one another - this is an act of mercy/charity - and I see that this is something the church at large is losing.



Pope Benedict XVI was a wonderful catechist.
From his 2012 Lenten Message:

"Concern for others entails desiring what is good for them from every point of view: physical, moral and spiritual. Contemporary culture seems to have lost the sense of good and evil, yet there is a real need to reaffirm that good does exist and will prevail, because God is “generous and acts generously” (Ps 119:68). The good is whatever gives, protects and promotes life, brotherhood and communion."

Note - concern for others entails what is good for them: Physically, morally AND spiritually. This is not opinion - this is Truth: Catholic teaching based upon sacred scripture.


Image courtesy of: The Truth Movement


Pope Benedict continues to disect and explain caring for one another spiritually:

“Being concerned for each other” also entails being concerned for their spiritual well-being. Here I would like to mention an aspect of the Christian life, which I believe has been quite forgotten: fraternal correction in view of eternal salvation.   Today, in general, we are very sensitive to the idea of charity and caring about the physical and material well-being of others, but almost completely silent about our spiritual responsibility towards our brothers and sisters."

"This was not the case in the early Church or in those communities that are truly mature in faith, those which are concerned not only for the physical health of their brothers and sisters, but also for their spiritual health and ultimate destiny. The Scriptures tell us: “Rebuke the wise and he will love you for it. Be open with the wise, he grows wiser still, teach the upright, he will gain yet more” (Prov 9:8ff)




Pope Benedict continued to teach:

"Christ himself commands us to admonish a brother who is committing a sin (cf. Mt 18:15). The verb used to express fraternal correction - elenchein – is the same used to indicate the prophetic mission of Christians to speak out against a generation indulging in evil (cf. Eph 5:11). 
The Church’s tradition has included “admonishing sinners” among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality, rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth and that do not follow the path of goodness." 

Pope Benedict gives us the tools! 
He even explains how to go about  "elenchein":

"Christian admonishment, for its part, is never motivated by a spirit of accusation or recrimination. It is always moved by love and mercy, and springs from genuine concern for the good of the other. As the Apostle Paul says: “If one of you is caught doing something wrong, those of you who are spiritual should set that person right in a spirit of gentleness; and watch yourselves that you are not put to the test in the same way” (Gal 6:1). In a world pervaded by individualism, it is essential to rediscover the importance of fraternal correction, so that together we may journey towards holiness. Scripture tells us that even “the upright falls seven times” (Prov 24:16); all of us are weak and imperfect (cf. 1 Jn 1:8). It is a great service, then, to help others and allow them to help us, so that we can be open to the whole truth about ourselves, improve our lives and walk more uprightly in the Lord’s ways. There will always be a need for a gaze which loves and admonishes, which knows and understands, which discerns and forgives (cf. Lk 22:61), as God has done and continues to do with each of us."

AS GOD HIMSELF DOES! 

I leave you with a question . . . I do so in the spirit of humility, Christian love and charity:

Is allowing a group to promote their wrong behaviour, to literally advertise it with a banner at a Catholic parade/event; be it homosexuals, porn addicts, those who live together outside the bonds of marriage, adulterers, the list goes on and we are all in there somewhere . . . is this an act of charitable admonishment? Or is it  a nod of approval - even an endorsement to the sinful act - by which the "thumbs up" sends a misleading message to the flock by the thousands? 

Thank you for your time. May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Truth, Amen.

Links:
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVIFOR LENT 2012

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#Catholic #Catechism #PopeBenedict #StPatrick'sDayParade 
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