The inmates are running the asylum.
While we are on the subject, Fr. Unni at St. Cecilia's continues to earn his reputation. In this week's lesson, parishioners are told that if they want to know God's love, they 'better find somebody to love'.
They seem to have a rock and roll theme going. Theology from Queen.
Lord what you're doing to me
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can't get no relief, Lord!
Somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody...Can anybody find me somebody to-ooo-oooh-oh-oh.. lo-o-o-ovvve?God's mission is to love creation?
Not in Catholic theology it isn't. God's mission is the salvation of souls.
God's being is love. God's being is God's mission. We have to participate in the mission of justice, forgiveness, mercy, peace.
Again, this is not Catholic theology. We can forgive each other of transgressions but we do not have the power to pardon sin. That is an act of Christ's Church alone which is the entire mission of the Catholic Church.
The disunity in the Church can be traced back to problems, errors, disagreements, concerning doctrine of God and the biggest errors in the doctrine of God are connected to an abstraction of God's being from God's mission. When we bifurcate from the mission of God, we make God into an abstraction and idol we can control and please. When we have relations among ourselves and creation, we obtain knowledge of God and set ourselves free.
Let me tell you something. If you're going to St. Cecelia's and personal life is such a train wreck that you are all alone in the world, there is another problem going down that needs fixing.
No doubt somebody will come along and tell me I have not cracked Fr. Unni's passive-aggressive code correctly, but nevertheless, I shall proceed in explaining how the theology errs to those who read it and are educated in their faith. The piece actually gets some parts of Catholic theology correct.
From our parents, to strangers we serve or even meet on the street all of our human relationships and interactions do indeed (or are supposed to!) have some of the same qualities as the love of God. The problem with the piece is, it reduces knowledge of God and love of God to filial love and interactions.
Both of the subjects of God and love are complicated ones and my explanation is limited to address, as simply as possible, the errors in the article.
We experience the qualities and characteristics of God's love in human love and service, but human love, from filial to eros, is not the source of knowledge of God. The Love of God is Truine in Spirit. It informs through the Holy Spirit and the source of that love are the Sacraments (the son) and teachings of the Church (the Father's love - parental).
Fr. Unni teaches love without obedience, honor, devotion and fidelity to God's teachings. His fairy tales about love is much like a cartoon caricature of marital love defined as a husband maintaining a sexual relationship outside of marriage and when the wife catches him shacking up, he tries to ratify marital love by telling her he serves in the soup kitchen.
Straw man's arguments, ad nauseum.
An excellent resource to rebut Fr. Unni's errors this week is HERE.
There are three stages in our love for God: servile love, mercenary love and filial love. The word servile derives from “servant”.
A servant (or employee) does his master’s will out of fear of punishment. Likewise, beginners in the spiritual life do God’s will, obey the Commandments, avoid sin, and go to Mass on Sunday..
A mercenary is a soldier who fights because he is paid, not because he is committed to the cause of defending home and country. Colonel Gadhafy hires sub-Saharan mercenaries to help him survive as the dictator of Libya. Our love for God is mercenary when it is focused on our gain, on what we hope to get from God, rather than on what we want to give God. Here is a great trap for many of us, and a trap we remain caught in for many years if not a whole lifetime. Even Jesus’ close friends, James and John, were hoping to have positions of honor when Jesus established His kingdom. We must constantly strive to purify our motives and our faith in order to put God and His will first.
Filial love, the love of a son or daughter for their Father whom we love for His own sake. Why? Because God is total Goodness, Beauty, Truth, Being, everything our heart was made for! Human analogies may help: spouses and friends are able to love each other more than their own selves, and are ready to sacrifice everything for their beloved. This third degree of love is called by the Greek word, Agape, in the New Testament. It is divine love. Jesus lives it, and only His grace enables us to live it. It will help if we constantly practice love of God and neighbor and if we constantly ask for this grace to do everything we do out of pure love for God and neighbor. In our prayer, whether personal or liturgical, we need to concentrate on loving God for His own sake and avoid seeking for signs and “prayer experiences” and good feelings. We need naked trust in God’s pure, tender and merciful love for ourselves. Let us imitate the “Our Father” prayer which Jesus gives us as the model of all prayer. There Jesus teaches us to first seek to give glory and obedience to the Father before asking for any our own legitimate needs. This heals our soul.The reality is, there are parishes that are menace to our salvation and the diocese is a rudderless ship.
I still say that Boston Catholics need to beef up the blogging community with a blog that is specifically designed to guide Catholics to parishes that are teaching the faith and steer them away from parishes where catechesis is dangerous. One that takes inventory of each parish and writes a brief synopsis of what kind of catechesis is going down. What priest is ramming what down the throats of uncatechized Catholics, shenanigans that invalidate the Sacred Liturgy or even if valid - rises to the level of disrespect.
Another 'someday' project!
Hope you are all having a great holiday weekend.