"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

But Father! But Father! - That's what the Pope said.

 Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light...

What the Pope said.  (He's just like Fr. Z!)

“‘But Father’ [one might say], ‘I don’t feel like behaving that way’. ‘Well’, [one might reply], ‘if you don’t feel like it, that’s your problem, but that’s the Christian way.” This is that way that Jesus teaches us. ‘And what can I hope?’ [one might ask]. Go on Jesus’ way, which is the way of mercy. Be merciful as your Father is merciful. Only with a merciful heart can we do all that, which the Lord counsels us to do – all the way. The Christian life is not a navel-gazing [It.autoreferenziale] one. It is a life in which one gets out of oneself in order to give oneself to others. It is a gift, it is love – and love does not turn in on itself, it is not selfish, but self-giving.”
The Lord asks us to be merciful. He asks us not to judge. Often, said Pope Francis, “It seems that we have been named judges of others: engaging in gossip, talking behind people’s backs, we judge everyone.” The Lord, however tells us not to judge, lest we be judged ourselves. “Do not condemn [others],” said Pope Francis, “and you will not be condemned.” The Lord asks us to forgive, that we might be forgiven. “We say it every day in the Our Father,” noted the Holy Father, “forgive us as we forgive others – and if I do not forgive, how can I ask the Father to forgive me?”:
“This is the Christian life. ‘But Father, this is folly!’ one might say. ‘Yes’, one might answer, ‘it is’. We have heard in these days, though, St Paul, who said the same: the foolishness of the Cross of Christ, which has nothing to do with the wisdom of the world. ‘But Father, to be Christian is to become some sort of fool?’ [one might ask]. ‘Yes’, [I would say], ‘in a certain sense, yes. It means renouncing the cunning of the world in order to do everything that Jesus tells us to do and that, if we do the sums, if we balance the ledger, seems to be against us.” - Vatican Radio

Do not judge.  Do not condemn.

Some days I think this is a harder saying than the Discourse on the Eucharist, when many of the hearers went away sad.

Don't go away sad.

I have friends who have left the devout life, the sacraments and even the Church because they found many of the sayings/teachings to be hard, saying they couldn't accept this or that - or even the scandal given by clergy.

Don't go away sad.

Not in this time when martyrs' blood flows from the temple refreshing the the parched vineyard of the Church.  Not now when saints are rising up all over the horizon, heads held high, awaiting the Bridegroom!  

Don't go away sad.


 The sound of my lover! here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.

My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
See! He is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.

My lover speaks and says to me,
 “Arise, my friend, my beautiful one,
and come!

For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the turtledove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my friend, my beautiful one,
and come! - Song of Songs

See! He is standing behind our wall,
gazing through the windows...


  1. Thank you Terry for another fine post. Forgiveness is freedom! No wonder our Lord Jesus calls all to forgive for He knows what peace and what freedom it brings. I think of the many times I held on to old hurts and when given the graces t let them go by forgiving, I was set free.

    Let's keep praying for one another to hope, to forgive, to rejoice in the freedom the Lord wants to bless all of us with. The Church will truly be on fire with the love of Christ!

    P.S. As I think about what you have written based on Papa's reflections on forgiveness, I read this and pass it on.

    Picture of the Day: Our Lady of the Tents


    Through the prayers of our Lady and of the many, may she obtain the graces our persecuted brothers and sisters will need in order to forgive and to be set free as they strive to move ahead in safety and in freedom.

    I ask the same for us all.

  2. Thanks for this post, Terry. I really needed to hear it.


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