Alive and well at Wednesday mornings general outdoor audience!
The Holy Father appeared at his normal Wednesday audience this morning, alive and well and kicking. His theme continues his catechesis on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and today's theme was "Fear of the Lord."
Again the Holy Father uses the category of the "corrupt" those mired in unrepentant mortal sin, who never go to confession and twist the Faith to suit their own ideologies which oppose the orthodoxy of the faith.
In this regard, and like Pope Pius X, Pope Francis is clear in his condemnation of the corrupt who will in his estimation feel forever the fires of hell! What His Holiness describes is one of the fruits of Modernism.
From Vatican Radio, a synopsis of the Pope's catechesis this Wednesday morning:
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis warned corrupt
persons in positions of power that they would do well to fear God’s
justice and repent on Wednesday, during the course of the catechetical
portion of his weekly General Audience, dedicated to the seventh and
final of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: fear of the Lord.
Departing repeatedly from his prepared text in Italian for emphasis,
the Holy Father spoke of the fear of the Lord, not as a servile or
supine disposition before the Lord, but as the grateful response of
people who have first been loved by the infinite love of God the Father.
“The fear of the Lord is also an alarm,” he said. “When a person
lives in evil, when one blasphemes against God, when one exploits
others, when one tyrannizes, when one lives only for money, vanity,
power, pride – the holy fear of God alerts us: be wary!” The Holy Father
went on to say, “In this way, you will not be happy, you will end
badly.” Departing from his prepared remarks, the Holy Father added, “One
can take with him to the other side nor money, nor power nor vanity,
nor pride: nothing! We can bring the love that God the Father gives us –
the caresses of God accepted and received by us with love – and we can
bring what we have done for others.”
Pope Francis spoke explicitly of people political responsibility and
allow themselves to be corrupted, as well as of people who make their
living from human trafficking and slave labor, and of those who
manufacture weapons for fomenting wars. “That the fear of God might make
them understand that one day it all ends and that they shall have to
give account to God,” he prayed.
In the English-language summary read out after the main catechesis,
the Holy Father said that the fear of the Lord is also a kind of alarm
for all Christians: awakening us to the presence of sin in our lives and
reminding us that we, too, will one day be held accountable to the just
Judge. “Let us pray that the fear of God, together with the other gifts
of the Holy Spirit, will renew us in faith and constantly remind us
that in God alone do we find our ultimate happiness, freedom and fulfillment.”