Saturday, June 29, 2013
Or just madness.
I'm still holding out the hope that he's lightyears ahead of me in knowing what we need to say and do as the serpent collects his heirs and own.
It's indisputable that Pope Francis has said and done things that are stupefying.
But at other times, I know that God's ways are never ours. I see something like this and wonder, in these days of the triumph and plunder of the beast, is this the emergency call to conversion? The invitation to come closer and observe.
It could be construed as the call to abandon evangelization to make disciples out of all men, by the Roman Pontiff of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. If that's what he meant to convey, he is a menace.
I'm still watching.
My gut instincts tell me that's not where he's going - at least with this one.
Let me explain why.
We've been watching the chaos of sin and destruction escalate into complete madness over the last few years.
This guy in the White House is tyrant who has clearly been given the power to destroy everything and kill us all, in every corner of the world.
All of us have been asking Our Lord what He would have us do.
There is no other answer but step up the conversion. As fast and efficiently as we can.
The other day, I was speaking to a gentleman who worships Jesus in some Christian megachurch.
He is a good, decent, loving, kind and holy man who loves our Beloved and his fellow human beings. He is actively engaged doing what he can to make this world a better place for underprivileged and suffering.
He is a convert from islam. He was born in the middle east and saw the murdering tyrants kill his relatives, friends, neighbors and countrymen in front of his eyes. He fled. Made his way to the US. Assisted his relatives out and converted to Christianity.
In greeting him hello, how are ya, he will sometimes say every day that the soldiers are not at our door, we are well and it is a good day.
Sometimes we will briefly speak about Catholicism. He clearly has read and heard the urban legends of the secular press. He'll repeat something that clearly puzzles him and I briefly explain the spiritual and theological, the intimacy, the Sacraments. The conversations are productive in disarming the misinformation.
I bumped into him early in the week and he told me he often thinks of me when somebody speaks about Catholicism to him. The conversation somehow led to the puzzlement of our practice of a celibate priesthood.
We briefly talked about the history and then I explained the spiritual power of it in terms I thought he could relate to - his relationship with his wife. How in his love and respect for her and their relationship, he disciplines his thoughts, actions, temptations, urges to keep his relationship intimate and healthy. I explained how Catholic theology develops the same kind of discipline to deeper intimacy with Christ through and with the Sacraments and the fruits of our Sacraments.
I reminded him of the spiritual power behind fasting with prayer, how sexuality is a magnificent gift, and the men who choose to forbear it are doing so as the ultimate sacrificial offering to God. He offers the fasting to God and with prayers of intercession, the people reap the benefit. It is the highest form of fasting prayer for a man -- which he agreed!!
I briefly explained how the fasting from whatever we fast from, be it something bad like sin - or something good like foods we like to eat - can and is something we offer to God to assist the efficacy of our prayers. Food is great but we can use it in unhealthy and harmful ways. We also can fast from it in conjunction with prayers. There are people who sell cupcakes and greasy foods. We know what foods are not good for us but we are tempted. There are nurses who teach how to use food property. What to forbear to keep us healthy with whatever medical conditions we may or may not have.
The same applies to sex. It's great under all the right circumstances which cannot be defined outside of God because it is a gift from Him. There are people out there who sell bad ways to use it and we are tempted. Much like a nurse, there are Catholics who evangelize the healthy ways sex is used and when to forbear temptations of those unhealthy ways.
I could see a light go on.
Concentrate on every person around you and if a door opens, witness to the truth.
I have another story to tell tomorrow.
Like Noah building his Ark - we can only do what we can do and invite. It's always a small crew that avoids the calamity that comes with the gross abandonment of God in a culture or civilization. He will always destroy it and start again. He's been known to delay the destruction if ten good people ask him for more time to work on luring people away from their captor and back into His arms.
I don't know where he's going with the disaster we have on our hands but things are not always what they seem to be on face value.