Thursday, November 14, 2013
IT WILL HAVE TO DO, SO FOLLOW JESUS AND STOP WHINING!
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He wanted Peter, James and John to keep watch with him but they kept falling asleep. Frustrated at this, Jesus finally said, "It will have to do!"
I didn't realize how many Catholic whiners there are until I started reading blogs and comments on mine. Praytell is often referred to as Praywhine. Read their posts and comments and you know why.
It really strikes me as adolescent and I wonder what the Greatest Generation who got us through the Depression and World War II and held onto the Faith with a gracefilled tenacity would think of all this middle and uppermiddle class Catholic whinning, especially from the academics of the Church?
The fact of the matter is that most will not like some aspect of the Church in the present, whether that be the pope, his style, the liturgy and its style or the direction of things.
GUESS WHAT: Those who wine the most are CONTROL FREAKS and they freak out precisely because they can't controll life and others. Alcoholics are most prone to trying to control people and environment even when they are recovering alcoholics. But most people have some kind of compulsion, if not to alcohol, something else. They thus become control freaks.
Those who acknowlege that life is imperfect and try to make lemonaide out of lemons, are the healthiest in our Church. Like that great mega Church pastor, Joel Osteen always says, stop your little pity parties and get with the program, or something like that.
So you live in a parish or a diocese that has liturgies a la 1970's. So the old guard, that we thought was becoming extinct from the 1970's, is being emboldened by the ultra-traditionalists and the silly progressives both of whom are spinning Pope Francis as some kind of retro cool guy from the 1970's. Of course the traditionalists lament their evaluation, the progressives are having a Rocky Mountain High concnering it.
Of course the spin is wrong. The simplicity of Pope Francis is that of St. Francis in a Church culture that has become bloated with the pursuit of power and money and right at the top at the Vatican Bank that had become quite corrupt including some clerics who worked for it.
Now there is a rumor here in Rome that the Mafia wants to kill the pope for interfering in their affairs at the Vatican Bank as Pope Francis is trying to clean it up. I would not disregard these rumors. The Vatican Bank has been a shady operation for years and that the Mafia may have had a interest in it should not be discounted. READ THE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE BY PRESSING HERE! If this article is true, it gives new meaning to the pope's words about the devil, the smoke of Satan and corruption of the inside, whited tombs. It gives new meaning to Pope John Paul's words as an obscure cardinal to the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia about the end times and those who are "anti-Gospel, Anti-Church, and ultimately Anti-Christ." Are we in the end times? If so, stop whining and get to confession!
So if the Mass in your parish is valid, don't complain. If it is celebrated poorly, speak to the pastor, write to the bishop. If you get no satisfaction, offer up your suffering for the poor souls in purgatory and make sure you are attentive to the Sacrifice celebrated, although poorly and Holy Communion received worthily, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Ultimately this life is but a drop in the bucket of "just being" which is eternity, where in heaven all that is imperfect is made perfect. Hell is where those who love imperfection, in whatever form, (sin) have it their way.
Remember, the theme song of hell is, "I Did It my Way."