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The difference between serving God, and the world, from St. Peter Julian Eymard July 30, 2013

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In our Church today, we are hearing more and more that the Church must “go out” and really embrace the world. This was a major point of the most recent Council, to try to re-orient the Church to not just better serve, but even “embrace,” the modern world. We have heard this talk for decades, even if it went into abeyance a bit over the period 2005-2012, but it seems to have come roaring back.  We are now told to go out and “shake things up,” to bring ideas from the world into the Church to overcome staid clericalism and stuffy old Tradition. Certainly, the Church must always be open to both Saint and sinner in the world, but the emphasis now is subtly different.  It’s as if the world has much of value the Church lacks, and that lack is the reason for the crisis seen in the Church over the past several decades. If only we got out there and understood the world on its terms better, and brought some of that worldliness into the Church, well, that long hoped for “new springtime” would automatically materialize.

Perhaps.  But St. Peter Julian Eymard, the great apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, understood somewhat differently.  In the third volume of the Eymard Library, Eucharistic Retreats, the great Saint had this to say about God, and the world:

The world is as nothing; God alone is everything.0802Eymard-thumb-244x351.jpg

The world has little that is good, little that is enduring. Its possessions are for the most part vanity, delusion, and bitterness. Its promises are so often empty, false, and treacherous. Its honors, its pleasures can beget sin, slavery, and apostasy.

God alone possesses every real good. His promises are divine. There is no true honor, no pure and perfect pleasure but in His service.

The world can make me unhappy only by drawing me into sin. Only God can make me happy by making me holy.

Therefore I must forsake the world for God.

In His Divine Goodness God helps me to separate myself from the world. When I have given myself up to it too much, He chastises me. He causes me to suffer through creatures, so that I shall not become attached to them. He makes me feel disgust and aversion for everything that is not Himself.

He gives me the Grace to understand that He is my only good, my one end, and that the world is but a Calvary for me.

With St. Paul I wish to be crucified to the world and wish the world to be crucified to me.

The world has forgotten, has scorned and persecuted Jesus Christ, my God and my divine Spouse. I want to be treated like Him.

Therefore I will struggle with all my strength against inordinate affections for creatures. I wil be on my guard against affections that are not wholly supernatural. I will not let my heart be taken up with creatures, but only with God and with my neighbor in God.

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Sublime words from a great Saint.  There has always, always been those within the Church tempted to try to “sanctify” the world, to make the Church more worldly in order to serve some purported good.  Did not Arius the arch-heretic repudiate Christ’s divinity because believing that God would deign to become Incarnate was offensive to Greek reason?  Did not Calvin the arch-heretic repudiate the Real Presence because thinking God would become literal Food for us, and unite himself to such hideously fallen creatures in such an intimate way, was offensive to “enlightened” Renaissance reason?  Did not the modernists apostasize because they could not reconcile the Faith with their stronger faith in evolutionary biology?  This has always been a deadly danger for the Church.  But we see the world every day, and its allure is so very strong.

Pray for our shepherds!

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1. Catholic4Life - July 31, 2013

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2. Steve - July 31, 2013

I tuned into EWTN television last Saturday night as the Holy Father offered Eucharistic Adoration from Brazil.

I then had the following thought: What, as the Pope offered Eucharistic Adoration did the world, so to speak, offer?

At that second, I switched television channels to FOX. FOX presented mixed martial arts fighting.

At that moment on FOX television, two women were covered in blood. They had bashed each other with their fists, knees and elbows.

After about two seconds, I had seen enough. I returned to EWTN and Pope Francis.

Pope Francis offered the world Eucharistic Adoration. In turn, the world, thanks to FOX television, offered the world violence…two women…bloodied…bashing each other.

It is bad enough that men engage in the above. But the world has reduced itself to pitting women — Life-bearers — in violent combat against each other.

Again, Pope Francis and Holy Mother Church had given us Eucharistic Adoration…the world offered two women who had bashed each other to the point of bloodshed.

3. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - July 31, 2013

Thank you, St. Peter Julian Eymard! He has put into plain but excellently chosen words what I have been thinking on this particular subject matter for quite some time now.

4. Marguerite - July 31, 2013

It also seems that Pope Francis is denigrating the great intellectual richness of the Church and instead promoting the“dumbing down” of the faith as a solution to the problems facing the Catholics today. I know the Pope’s style is pastoral but it stuns me that also being a Jesuit he is so “anti-intellectual” in his appreciation of the richness of the intellectual traditions embodied in our Faith. Is there no longer room for the intellectual as well as the pastoral in the Catholic Church anymore? Great minds like Pope Benedict have added to the Church’s treasury of truth, beauty and goodness. Is it now wrong to quote St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila or St. Augustine because their thoughts are too lofty for us to understand?. Then educate the masses to learn to appreciate and treasure these great men and women of faith. Don’t just cast them aside. Maybe the Pope knows the Brazilians better and believes “Catholicism light” will work for them; it hasn’t for the rest of the Catholic world.

5. Frank - July 31, 2013

How much more could the Church have done after the Second Vatican Council for Catholics? There were folk Masses, Kumbaya Masses, Charismatic Masses, Children’s Masses, dancing-clown Masses, people cramming the Sanctuary Masses, girl servers at Masses and thankfully, the reinstitution of the Latin Mass. Why is the church always to blame for our lack of love, reverence and selflessness? When do we start to foster our responsibility towards God? Pope Francis is quoted as saying that the “world seems to have made the church a relic of the past, unfit for new questions.” Why should the Church care what the world thinks of Her? The world is under the dominion of the evil one. Since when does the Church take its identity from the world? Again, it’s the same old story of accommodating fallen mankind and his self-centeredness rather than reaching up to the Cross and asking the Lord to change our hearts A relic? Not the Catholic Church I know and love. Our Church is timeless, the world is not.

6. Vincent - July 31, 2013

The Pope said the church is “perhaps a prisoner of its own rigid formulas and that the world seems to have made the church a relic of the past, unfit for new questions.” What formulas is he referring to? The formulas for Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, for the Consecration of bread and wine at Mass, the formulas for absolution, chastity before and in marriage? I’m not sure what he is referring to.


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