The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). – Evangelii Gaudium – 169
Remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other? Am I the only one who finds this misappropriation of Scriptural imagery outrageous? What’s next, a reflection on WE ARE WHO ARE?
“Whatever you do for the least of these…” OK, I get it, we encounter the Lord in others, but taking liberties with Sacred Scripture in such way as to suggest that mere human interaction, even that interaction that is ordered toward the work of evangelization, is tantamount to a Theophany offends pious sensibilities.
Then I fell down at the Angel’s feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” (Rev 19:10)
I am sadly at the point where, for the safety and sanctity of my soul, I’ve decided to read nothing this pope writes . We are in a nightmare, led by a cabal of the church-of-man, and I will not endanger my soul. I will concentrate on Our Lord, the Sacraments, reading Sacred Scripture and other trusted spiritual readings, practicing traditional devotions, teaching THE Faith in CCD, and generally trying my best to follow the time-worn, true path to Sainthood, weak and unworthy servant that I am. Thank you Mr. V for being a light in this present darkness, and a harbor of sanity…you have NO IDEA of the good work you are doing and the solace you are bringing to souls in distress in this time of apostasy. Thank you.
We are directed to see our fellow creatures as equivalent manifestations of God, our Creator, Who revealed Himself through the burning bush?
I just don’t know any more. I try, but I just don’t know…well, rather, I do know and this doesn’t sound right.
in 2 thousand years of good and bad popes even corrupt popes not one has attempted to completely remake the faith as a whole into other than what it has been. Even the few potentially heretical popes merely adopted a particluar heretical point of doctrine. They didnt to my knowldge enage in a wholesytle remake of the whole edifcae of the Christian religion. This is even more than a Pelagius or Luther being elected pope. So my question is why God would allow this? What is the mysterious plan of divine providence behind this all?
Dear Gerard M,
EXACTLY. Even the most wicked popes in the history of the church did not dare (or the Holy Ghost did not allow them) to tamper with the sacred deposit of the faith as handed down to us from the blessed apostles. Bergoglio is clearly not a Catholic (and I think a good number of readers of this site would agree) and ergo, not the pope of the Catholic Church. Maybe the “pope” of the conciliar church but not the pope of the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The conclusion is inescapable: SEDE VACANTE.
We have merited such a calamity through our own sins, and we must all do reparation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. We should all console Our Heavenly Mother, so grievously afflicted with the thorns which ungrateful catholics pierce into Her Immaculate Heart. Dear Gerard, take courage for the good Lord will no doubt obtain a greater good out of the present calamity. The wheat is presently being separated from the chaff, and at the end will emerge a purer, more faithful spouse of Christ:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more. And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God. (Revelation 21:1-3)
Some time ago through Catholic Family News I became informed about Monsignor Luigi Villa and his web page Chiesa Viva. Padre Pio had encouraged this dear priest to fight against the ecclesiastical freemasonry that had become rampant in the church and Pius XII gave a Papal Mandate for his work as well as people to assist him. His writings do not make for pleasant reading .I have no doubt we are living the apostasy spoken about by Our Lady. We have the weapon…our Rosaries and Our Lady!.. as well as rock solid Catholics like Mr V to help us wade through the muck and mire. This is a nightmare of unprecedented proportions but Our Lady will be victorious!
Our former pastor used to say about such situations: “This too– will pass;”
Hope we can hang on til then.
Here is the latest tidbit from Francis the Fabulous. Last week at a regular audience he actually said that Jesus do not really get angry with his followers but only PRETNDED to. As soon as I saw that my heat sank in the pit of mys stomach again. He makes it sound like Jesus was a Happy Clappy Wimp.. What about chasing the money changers and overturning tables or when he said to Peter GET BEHIND ME SATAN. Or when the apostles called for fire from Heaven to fall on some people. I learned today that Francis was a bouncer in the past as well as a Psychologist before he was ordained a priest. This is probably is the reason he has been saying and acting the way he does.
Who talks like this in the real world? “The art of accompaniment”??? This is solemn nonsense.
You are right Susan. This papacy is a nightmare – but few people really perceive this – most peoplen are not able to or don’t want to see it -t oo much reality
Heavens only knows how we will ever get out of this mess and WHEN….
This is idolatry. I will not have anything to do with this. Thank you for posting so we know that we are not alone. In my daily life I do not know a single person who acknowledges all of this mess, clergy included. Kyrie, eleison.
And what is next “sacred” sex? in a (para) litugical context?