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We must cast all our cares upon God April 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, The Imitation of Christ.
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The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis, Book III Chapter 17:

Christ:

Son, suffer Me to do with thee what I will; I know what is best for thee.

Thou thinkest as man; thou judgest in  many things as human affection suggests.

Disciple:

Lord, what Thou sayest is true;  Thy care over me is greater than all the care I can take of myself.

For he stands at too great a hazard that does not cast his whole care on Thee (1 Pet 5:7)

Lord, provided that my will remain but right and firm towards Thee, do with me whatsoever it shall please Thee.  For it cannot but be good whatever Thou shalt do with me.

If Thou wilt have me to be in darkness, be Thou blessed, and if Thou wilt have me to be in light, be Thou again blessed; if Thou vouchsafe to comfort me, be Thou blessed, and if Thou will that I be afflicted, be Thou always equally blessed.

Christ:

Son, it is in this manner thou must stand affected if thou desire to walk with me.  Thou must be as ready to suffer as to rejoice. Thou must be as willing to be poor and needy as to be full and rich.

Disciple:

Lord, I will suffer willingly for Thee whatsoever Thou art pleased should befall me. I will receive with indifference from Thy hand joy and sorrow, sweet and bitter, and will give Thee thanks for all that happens to me (Job 2:10).

Keep me only from all sin and I will fear neither death nor hell.  Cast me not off forever, nor blot me out of the Book fo Life, and what tribulation soever befalleth me shall not hurt me. (Apoc 3:5)

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Voris: “The Pope is Worried” April 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, sickness, Society.
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The Pope repeatedly stressed his concern over the current depressed state of Catholicism in several recent addresses given during Holy Week.  Voris puts these statements together:

“The world is in a serious crisis of sin and coming carnage (divine retribution, which so few believe as a real phenomenon nowadays), because Catholics have not and do not believe as they should.”  Why put all the onus of Divine Wrath on Catholics?  Because we are the members of the Body of Christ, the One True Church instituted by Jesus Christ to be His Body on earth, His instrument of salvation in the world, His implement for the care of souls and the only means by which Faith, the true Faith, can be developed and spread.  And looking at the Church, and the world, today, we have done a very poor job of being fruitful branches of the Divine Vine, we are lazy and lackadaisacal and have little or no love for Christ and His Church.  And I include myself in that statement.  We all must take up our crosses and follow Christ with a love for Him and the sufferings and labors that are our lot in this earthly wasteland.  We must have a great fire of love to spread the message that Jesus Christ did indeed die for our sins, but that only those that repent and take up their crosses and follow Jesus will be saved.  “Enter ye at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction: and many there are who go in thereat.  How narrow is the gate and straitened is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! Every tree that brigeth not forth good fruit shall be cut down and shall be cast into they fire.  Not every one that saith to me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 7:13-14, 19, 21) 

“I rejoice now in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for His Body, which is the Church.”

It’s like Fr. Corapi says: “No cross, no crown, no suffering, no salvation.”  We must love the Lord enough to suffer for His Church, to bring the Gospel to as many souls as possible, and to always strive that our Church be as faithful, as reverent, and as full of love for Jesus Christ in the Eucharist as we possibly can.

Pray for the folks in Alabama April 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, General Catholic, Interior Life, sadness.
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I’ve been through that part of the country – Birmingham-Tuscoloosa a couple times in the past  year, and I can’t believe a whole wide swath of it along I-20 has been wiped out.  I pray for the deceased, the injured, their families, and all those who experienced loss in this calamity.  I pray that through this suffering they may receive great grace. This was one seriously horrific tornado. 

You heard about Cullman on the radio at the beginning of that video – that is only about 15 miles from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels in Hanceville.  I pray the nuns are OK!

This one is from Mississippi – again, a place I’ve been to recently:

One final – I’ve been right at this intersection in Cullman. I was just there a few months ago. I forget the highway name, but it’s the one that runs from Hanceville to Cullman.  That’s a hilly area, I’m surprised a tornado would form there.  I really like Alabama, this is very sad.  Seeing some additional videos on youtube, I see that downtown Cullman got clobbered.  There is a lovely Catholic church there, I pray it was spared, but the tornado went through the baptist church, which is only about 1/4 mile or less away.

God is Mercy.

Fr. Michael Pfleger has faculties suspended April 28, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.
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Fr. Michael Pfleger, the firebrand Chicago social justice advocate and sometime associate of President Obama, has had his priestly faculties removed by Chicago Archbishop Cardinal George:

Cardinal Francis George has suspended the faculties of Father Michael Pfleger, the controversial pastor of St. Sabina Parish in Chicago, after the priest said that he would rather leave the Church than accept a position as a high school principal.

In an April 27 letter to the priest, Cardinal George recounted that the two were in discussions over whether the priest would leave his pastorate to become president of Leo High School. “You promised to consider what was a proposal, not a demand, even as I urged you to accept it,” the cardinal said.

“That process has now been short-circuited by your remarks on national radio and in local newspapers that you will leave the Catholic Church if you are told to accept an assignment other than as pastor of Saint Sabina Parish,” Cardinal George continued. “If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish. A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop. Breaking either promise destroys his vocation and wounds the Church.”

The cardinal added:

Bishops are held responsible for their priests on the assumption that priests obey them. I have consistently supported your work for social justice and admired your passion for ministry….

To say that Fr. Pfleger has held some problematic views with regard to the accepted Doctrine of the Faith is to put it very mildly.  Fr. Pfleger has repeatedly engaged in ‘race war’ type rhetoric, playing to his congregation on the south side of Chicago, and has “dissented” from Church Doctrine on issues like the impossibility of ordaining women, clerical celibacy, the antipathy of socialism towards a moral system of exchanging goods and services, and more.  But the key issue right now, is obedience.  Fr. Pfleger was asked by his Bishop to take on a different role, for many reasons, some of which I am sure relate to Fr. Pfleger’s problematic views.  Fr. Pfleger chose to make a public issue of the request, and to claim this his call to be a pastor to souls was a greater and more authentic call than his role of obedience to his Bishop.  That is false.  As Cardinal George said, such a view separates Pfleger from the Faith and so violates his solemn vows taken as a priest as to indicate that his understanding of his role as a priest is fundamentally broken.  In such a situation, Cardinal George cannot allow Pfleger to continue in his ministry.

Obedience is a very challenging thing, but it is one of the crosses we are all called to bear as Catholics.  We all have superiors, even the Pope, whom we must obey.  Given my protestant background, I am probably not as good at this as I should be, and I recognize that I frequently push the boundaries of respectful disagreements with Church authorities.  And that is probably a serious fault on my part, for our superiors often act in a way that may seem baffling to us, or even difficult to reconcile with our sensus fidei, but they may be acting legitimately having access to information we don’t have.  It’s a fine line, at times.  But, I think Fr. Pfleger has shown on numerous occasions that he does not accept all the Doctrine of the Faith.  In this particular case, I think Cardinal George was very generous in not having called Pfleger to account previously. 

I pray that Fr. Pfleger will take this suspension as a time to reflect on his priestly ministry, and become a good, holy, orthodox priest as a result.

Thomas Peters has more here, and raises an important point – priest’s truly owe their obedience to the Church, and all that the Church professes to believe, and to their bishop insofar as he is the local Authority instituted withe the ordinary powers of overseeing and propagating the Faith in a particular region.  The obedience is automatic and complete when one’s bishop is completely in line with supporting all the professed Doctrine of the Faith.  But it does raise the question of the bounds of that obedience when one’s local ordinary may not be acting in consonance with the Faith, as has sadly occurred on a number of occasions in the past.  My take has always been that, in that case, the obedience must be closely examined by an individual priest’s (and lay persons) sensus fidei with regard to any particular issue(s) that a bishop may not be supporting Church Doctrine.  This is a dangerous area, but one of great import, unfortunately, for there have been bishops who have held heterodox views.  None of this applies in the Pfleger case, where Cardinal George has shown extreme patience in allowing a very heterodox priest, and one who frequently attacks not only the Church but the entire culture the Church fostered (Western Civilization), to remain in ‘good standing.’ Indeed, many faithful Catholics in the Chicago area and around the nation have expressed dismay that there has not been disciplinary steps taken previously.  While I pray for Pfleger, the initial response, to attack the Cardinal, is not good.  Pride is our most fundamental and insidious failing.