So, that's it, then… say please, thank you, and excuse me and family life will be a real joy. I'm overwhelmed...
It's not a bad start though...
The three things the Holy father mentioned which would engender family harmony and joy are a good start. I know and understand that some would dismiss his advice as simplistic because after all it is just basic manners and common courtesy to say these things.How often though, especially in families, we do not say these things, and even if we do, not often enough.On the Feast of the Holy Family I would like to share this:The below was written Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God (writing from France where she is staying with Servantesdes Pauvres (Servants of the Poor) and where she and her postulants are receiving formationtoward the building of a new foundation. (this was in her newsletter)"From time to time, we are able toconnect to the internet and to seewhat is taking place in the UnitedStates. Our beloved country appearsto be taking a most grievous path,and with increasing speed, toward thedestruction of the family, the country,and even our very faith.What to do? How do we remainfaithful in the midst of such evil andeven apostasy? And how can we make a difference? How canwe help turn the tide? How can we make even a dent that willcount?" "At least those are questions I live with all of the time.And the answer comes back, time and time again: “live the faith that we profess.”...For us there can be no compromise with evil."From the story of the Mother and her seven sons in the book of MaccabeesThe ruler Antiochus IV,To stabilize, consolidate and expand his kingdom, he set out to unite its many cultural, socialand religious elements – that is, to achieve a new level of cultural totalitarianism"I believe the story’s theme, repeated many times through is characteristic of what is occurring in the United States today, and in other countries as well, whose people offaith are being subjected to a foreign tyranny – that is, to agovernment that has lost its way. Formed “of the people, bythe people, for the people” the government, in large measure,has turned on the very people it was formed to serve. Rather than protecting faith and family, it is seeking, at an unprecedented pace, to destroy both."
Yes, but we can get that from Miss Manners and Amy Vanderbilt…I know a lot of well-mannered sociopaths, and I understand Ted Bundy was quite cultured.
Gene, give the guy a break! I share everyone's sadness that Pope Benedict was halted in his restoration of the Liturgy, but I do think Pope Francis is trying to take the natural next step which is to live what we pray. You and I come from families where the common courteous are, indeed, common. Pope Francis is simply acknowledging that is no longer common while not slamming them over it. We all know that Pope Benedict's message was mis-portrayed intentionally by the same people who are fawning over Pope Francis. I think we inadvertently participate in that game when we flame on Pope Francis. Pope Francis' appeal frustrates those of us who found Pope Benedict's rigor and honesty refreshing. Consider the two statements: "You should go to Mass because you are a sinner" and "You are welcome at Mass even though you are a sinner". Except for the washing of the feet I am not aware that Pope Francis has done anything that would challenge the teachings of the Church in proper context.
GENE, calm down and take a hit!
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