Monday, July 01, 2013

To lose always - the trait of valiant souls...

"Let the dead bury their dead."

Do you really think people want there to be a cabal of gay priests in the Vatican?

I've been asked that - especially since Michael Voris seems to be onto some thing... 

Quick answer:  No.  Most people do not want the story to be true.  Most Catholics never ever wanted the scandals of the past to have been true.  At best, honest Catholics may want their fears assuaged - the lies exposed - so they can be dealt with and then move on - 'let the dead bury their dead.'  A few others may secretly enjoy the drama and hope for a movie or a mini series.  While others just want to kill the messenger or generate revenue with traffic to their websites.

It's a good thing to lose an argument - it's a good thing to be on the wrong side of things and to lose.  That was reaffirmed for me today again when the Gospel for the day repeated what we heard Sunday: "Let the dead bury their dead."  Going around picking fights and calling everyone out is the Alec Baldwin way of doing things.  It's the bully pulpit. 

"Let the dead bury their dead." 

I loved today's meditation in Magnificat from Mother Elvira Petrozzi, foundress of Comunita Cenacolo, on the subject:
"... Someone will have to 'lose' so that peace can reign.  Yes, peace is more important than anything, and to know how to 'lose' is our security." 

"Let the dead bury their dead."

Christians are not approved by the world - indeed, Christians often do not approve of one another - all the snark online verifies that much. But how does that concern me when my job is to follow Christ? St. Seraphim Sarovsky assures us, "Keep yourself in peace and thousands around you will be saved." So there you have it - that is what I understand by the words, let the dead bury their dead. It is in reality a going out of sorts - outside the city gates, bearing the insult Christ bore. For here we have no lasting city; we are seeking one which is to come. Through him let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is the fruit of lips which acknowledge his name. Our life is hidden with Christ in God and I need to fix my eyes on him, who inspires and perfects my faith.

"To lose always and let everyone else win is a trait of valiant souls..." - Maxim 58, St. John of the Cross


  1. so why don't both of my Roman Catholic Church calendars show today as this Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. I have nothing against Junipero Serra, especially being from California. Its just, you know?

  2. My understanding the feast was suppressed in preference for the feast of Corpus Christi - known as Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. For some reason I thought JPII restored it, but perhaps as an optional memorial? Not sure.


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