Lions, turtles and alligators, o my!
For what it's worth. Pope Francis has been so imprudent and reckless in his speech and actions, day after day after day. He hasn't changed or modified his behaviour in any way. The confusion keeps coming. I have to make a reasoned judgement that he doesn't care about any confusion he causes. Therefore I no longer get upset by him and I no longer really care what he says or does. In all honesty I'm hoping this pontificate will end as soon as possible and hopefully we get a pope that speaks and acts like a Catholic pope. But I also am realistic enough to know that the next pope will probably be worse. The smoke of Satan has not only entered the sanctuary it has encircled the Chair of Peter. I've have just accepted the reality that the Church is in a very dark and trying period which we deserve for 50 years + of betrayal. It will only get worse. Next month when that document comes out and leaves the door open for acceptance of adultery and sodomy we will have to make a decision. Do we serve God or man. Is there any faith left in the Church? We as a Church have gotten the pope we deserve. The only thing to do is remain faithful to the Truth as the Church has always taught it and to trust in God. Our shepherds may have abandoned us but Christ hasn't.
The pope is the supreme pontiff even if a particular pope might not like that title. No one can remove him from office. I choose never to go into schism which means breaking with the Holy Father. I might not agree with this, that or the other but my sure and certain faith is in Jesus Christ who said the gates of hell shall never prevail over the Church despite the humans who are ordained.
I don't understand why you "Celebrate the Passion" when the whole thing was rather unpleasant for Jesus, to say the least. "Commemorating the Passion" would be a better title on the video.
Victor, we as Christians of course CELEBRATE the Passion because it is GOOD Friday. We celebrate the PASSION and GOOD Friday in light of the RESURRECTION which redeems the HOLY CROSS that we genuflect toward and kiss on GOOD FRIDAY as the Paschal Mystery is what is celebrated in parts not as a historical reality or reenactment but as MYSTERY, MYSTICAL entering into the CELEBRATION of the only means to our SALVATION, the PASSION, DEATH and RESURRECTION of our Lord.
This pretty much sums up the pontificate we are living through."1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses, 7 who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8* As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith; 9 but they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. 10 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11* my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and * profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
The world was in great need of salvation and so it was for this reason that the Son of God became Incarnate into our human estate. Only God could redeem man by the sacrificial offering of His suffering and death, since no human being could ever be worthy to do so, and He chose to do this by becoming man; since the downfall of our original parents brought suffering and death into our earthly existence. By the one Cross and one Death was mankind redeemed. It is by this one Cross and the one Death, and the merits which flow from this Sacrificial offering, that human society, so much in need of redemption, is ever preserved from its own destruction. By the one Cross does redemption come to man continuously down through the ages. It is by the one Sacrifice of the Holy Cross that God's Love and Mercy is made manifest in every time and place to the benefit of our salvation. It is through the merits of the Holy Cross that value is imparted to our own sufferings and death. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."Catherine of Siena: "Your greatness is made no greater by our creation; your power is made no stronger by our redemption. You have no duty to care for us, no debt to re-pay us. It is love, and love alone, which moves you.""Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven."— St. Rose of Lima
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