Our Lady and Sheen

My favorite quote from the First Homily of Pope Francis: Stop thinking you’re better than Christ and the Church

During his Mass for the Church with his Cardinals the new Holy Father had a few really great quotes, for instance: “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.” Pretty intense stuff.

My favorite quote, I think gets to the heart of the problem that some people have with the “liberal” or “progressive” side of the Church. That being said, I’m sure it could apply to the “conservative” or “traditionalist” side in some manner. Since there is no “liberal” or “conservative” in the Church… only Orthodox and heterodox.

Third [type of movement in the readings], professing: we can walk as much we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. We will become a pitiful NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of Christ. When one does not walk, one stalls.

We are not just an NGO, a non-governmental organization. We are The Church!

It is necessary to help the poor!
It is necessary to bury the dead!
It is necessary to give drink to the thirsty!
It is necessary to visit the sick!
It is necessary to ransome the captive!
It is necessary to harbour the harbourless!
It is necessary to clothe the naked!

Stop pretending that we have some super insightful work around for the instructions of Christ and his Holy Church. But! Also!

It is necessary to instruct the ignorant!
It is necessary to counsel the doubtful!
It is necessary to admonish the sinners (ourselves, yes, AND others)!
It is necessary to bear wrongs patiently!
It is necessary to forgive offenses willingly!
It is necessary to comfort the afflicted!
It is necessary to pray for the living and the dead!

Stop pretending that we have some super insightful work around for the instructions of Chist and his Holy Church!

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March 15, 2013 - Posted by | Pope Francis | , , , , , , ,

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