Potter had only completed a single drawing to go with the manuscript.
I can't wait!
Did you ever see the film?
“David is a saint, but also a sinner.” He falls on account of lust, the Pope said, and yet God still loves him very much. However, the Pope notes, “the great, the noble David” feels so secure – “because the kingdom was strong” – that after having committed adultery he does everything in his power to arrange the death of a loyal man, falsely passing it off as an accidental death in battle.
“This is a moment in David’s life that makes us see a moment through which we all can pass in our life: it is the passage from sin to corruption. This is where David begins, taking the first step towards corruption. He has the power, he has the strength. And for this reason, corruption is a very easy sin for all of us who have some power, whether it be ecclesiastical, religious, economic, political… Because the devil makes us feel certain: ‘I can do it’.”
Corruption – from which David was saved by the grace of God – had wounded the heart of that “courageous youth” who had faced the Philistine with a sling and five small stones. “Today I want to emphasize only one thing,” the Pope concluded. “There is a moment where the attitude of sin, or a moment where our situation is so secure and we see well and we have so much power” that sin “stops” and becomes “corruption.” And “one of the ugliest things” about corruption is that the one who becomes corrupt thinks he has “no need for forgiveness.” - Chris Wells, Vatican Radio
... for he knows of what we are made,
he remembers that we are dust. -Ps. 103:14
Word of a possible Eucharistic multiplication miracle has already been passed around on social media, but Rotondo can personally confirm there might be some truth to it:
I would like to mention how at first, we only had priests, a Mass kit, and 6 hosts. Somehow an estimated 30-40 hosts showed up and nobody knows from where. The priest then split up the hosts into little pieces so everyone could receive, which was an estimated 500+ people.
It was God’s miracle that they hosts were able to be distributed to everyone, all down to the last person, who then received the last particles inside the priest’s chalice. There was exactly enough hosts for everyone. - ChurchPopThe event itself is like a miracle - the students gathered for Mass in the snow - their incredible witness of faith and devotion. The story is taking on a very rich significance, miracle - or not. (Personally, I believe it was a miracle.) As I told Yaya in the com box of the last post on the subject:
I got goose bumps reading that! It is so scriptural - so beautiful. Years and years ago I was at Notre Dame for a Charismatic Conference - I walked into the church for adoration, hundreds of young people filled the church, many sitting and kneeling around the altar - on the steps, with the Blessed Sacrament exposed - it reminded me of the gospel scenes on the hillsides, when Jesus had everyone recline and sit while he taught them and fed them.
This Mass in the snow impresses me just like that experience. This incident - with the young people and priests renews my youth! It renews and edifies my faith. - Miracle in the snow
In the light of this love, which is strong as death (cf. Song 8:6), the real poor are revealed as those who refuse to see themselves as such. They consider themselves rich, but they are actually the poorest of the poor. This is because they are slaves to sin, which leads them to use wealth and power not for the service of God and others, but to stifle within their hearts the profound sense that they too are only poor beggars. The greater their power and wealth, the more this blindness and deception can grow. It can even reach the point of being blind to Lazarus begging at their doorstep (cf. Lk 16:20-21). Lazarus, the poor man, is a figure of Christ, who through the poor pleads for our conversion. As such, he represents the possibility of conversion which God offers us and which we may well fail to see. Such blindness is often accompanied by the proud illusion of our own omnipotence, which reflects in a sinister way the diabolical “you will be like God” (Gen 3:5) which is the root of all sin. - Pope Francis, Message for Lent
When you're down and they're counting
When your secrets, all found out
When your troubles, take to mounting
When the map you have, leads you to doubt
When there's no Information and the compass turns
To nowhere that you know well
When the doctor failed to heal you
When no medicine chest, can make you well
When no counsel, leads to comfort
When there are no more lies, they can tell
No more useless information and the compass spins
The compass spins between Heaven and Hell - Sting
The problem, Richard, is that there are not actually just "two camps." There is that which is in *accord* with Church teaching and that which is *not* in accord with Church teaching. We cannot relativize this into "camps" but must articulate the *truth* in charity. If your view is that it's appropriate to criticize "both sides" as though the truth really *is* somewhere in between, then you're taking a view that is part of the problem and not part of the solution, in my view. This isn't merely the realm of prudential judgment in which differing views can represent a faithfully "Catholic" understanding. This is the realm of truth regarding the human person. SF writers get a lot wrong about that truth. And they stubbornly refuse to take any correctives seriously or engage in serious respectful dialogue. - Comment, Deacon Russell, on Spiritual Friendship
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching...To be honest, at various times I kept trying to compromise - trying to juggle these concepts, but it doesn't work. That's the double life - that's fence sitting - it's another closet. It's using God and religion for ones own purposes. To use an old cliche - 'been there done that'. It's very difficult to admit that - although losing friends helps one to understand it. I always think of Matt Talbot who found out who his friends were after he quit drinking. It's kind of the same thing.
Go to him, Christ outside the camp, bearing the reproach (shame) that he bore. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come. - Hebrews 13
The report is said to be highly detailed, and to reveal all the character inclinations that are evident in the personality of the current Pope.Fr. Bergoglio was not liked by the Jesuits at the time and was more or less exiled because he was deemed to conservative. That's a fact.
Now, it would be one of the scoops of the century if a journalist revealed to the world this most important historical document. - New Catholic
Shouldn't the Mass be, so to say, "super-earthly," separated from the secular world, in order to show in the world— the Kingdom of God? - Fr. Schmemann