The first bit of good news as to do with the two forms of the one Roman Rite. The pope, like Mikey, for those who remember the Life Cereal famous ad from the 1970's, likes the two. We know this because of the following recent statement that should placate the ridiculous spinning of Pope Francis as some wild-eyed progressive, heterodox, post Catholic by the ultra conservatives the silly progressives:
So there, those who are so silly to think that Pope Francis can't be read through Pope Benedict. Nothing to worry about.
And the Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome, the Supreme Pontiff still is calling Catholics to authentic Catholic identity based upon the Deposit of Faith and to be counted with Jesus, not the Devil at our personal judgement. This was his homily at the chapel of his place of residence at the Vatican Motel 6 this morning, twice in one week where again he teaches us about the seductions of the devil:
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflects on the loving nature of God’s hands, saying even when scolding us, these hands never give a slap but instead a caress. This was the focus of his homily at the Tuesday morning mass at the Santa Marta Guest House.
Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:
In his homily Pope Francis reflected on the reading from the Book of Wisdom that recalls how we are created from the soil by God’s hands, “those hands which have never abandoned us.” “God created man to be incorruptible,” said the Pope but the devil entered the world and those who belong to him know all about it.
He went on: “We all have to undergo death but it’s one thing to undergo this experience when belonging to the devil and it’s another to undergo this experience when in the hands of God.” “Our God, like a Father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain and who comforts us.” God’s hands, the Pope continued, “are hands that are wounded from love” and who heal us. “I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never.” “Even when he scolds us, he does it with a caress.”
The Pope ended his homily by urging those present to reflect on “God’s hands who created us like a craftsman.” They are wounded hands and they accompany us throughout life. Let us, he said, “entrust ourselves into God’s hands like a child put its hand into the hand of its father. It’s a safe hand.”
And of course of Monday at the same Vatican Motel 6 chapel at his place of residence, the Holy Father said the following:
(Vatican Radio) Those who don’t truly repent and only pretend to be Christian are damaging the Church. These were the words of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning in the Vatican’s Santa Marta, Motel 6:
Listen to Giulia Cirillo’s report:
Pope Francis focused his homily on the Lord’s exhortation to forgive our brothers and sisters who have sinned. Jesus, he said, never tired of forgiving, and neither should we. As the Gospel says, if our brother wrongs us seven times in one day, and repents every time, we should forgive him.
However, Pope Francis warned, there is difference between being a sinner and being corrupt. Those who sin and repent, who ask for forgiveness, are humble before the Lord. But those who continue to sin, while pretending to be Christian, lead a double life, they are corrupt. A Christian who is a benefactor, Pope Francis said, who gives to the Church with one hand, but steals with the other hand from the country, from the poor, is unjust. And Jesus says: “It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea”. This is because, the Pope explained, that person is deceitful, and “where there is deceit, the Spirit of God cannot be”.
“We should all call ourselves sinners”, Pope Francis said, but those who are corrupt do not understand humility. Jesus called them whitewashed tombs: they appear beautiful, from the outside, but inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction. And a Christian who boasts about being Christian, but does not lead a Christian life, is corrupt.
We all know such people, Pope Francis said, and they damage the Church because they don’t live in the spirit of the Gospel, but in the spirit of worldliness. St Paul in his letter to the Romans clearly urges them not to enter into the framework, into the mentality of worldliness, because it leads to this double life.
The corrupt life is a “varnished putrefaction”, Pope Francis said. Jesus did not say that those who are corrupt are sinners, but he said they’re hypocrites. Let us ask the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis concluded, for the grace to admit that we are sinners, but not corrupt.