Friday, October 4, 2013

of Francis and pharisees

“Francis, go repair my house which, as you see, is falling completely to ruin.” — Jesus from the crucifix at the chapel of San Damiano to St. Francis of Assisi


recent Mass readings:
September 22, 2013. Reading 1 Amos viii. 4-7 NAB
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land! ...

September 29, 2013. Gospel Luke xvi.19-31 NAB
Jesus said to the Pharisees: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus,...

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Pope Francis on September 20, 2013.  [click]
“...We can never serve God and money at the same time. It is not possible: either one or the other. This is not Communism. It is the true Gospel! They are the Lord's words...”


September 20, 2013.  217 House Republicans voted to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) who attempted to justify this by quoting part of  II Thessalonians iii. 10. (For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat.) "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat", not far from the Nazi slogan "arbeit macht frei" written over the entrances of concentration camps; and Steve Southerland II (R-Fla.) said, "God created Adam, placed him in the Garden to work it". But William Shakespeare tells us, “The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek.”. — Merchant of Venice I. iii. 96-9.

Now, Cramer lifted and twisted those words. Those were Paul's words encouraging his fellow missionaries to work alongside the people, and not to be served by them. Now, Southerland is thoroughly wrong. When Adam was in the garden, he did not work. When he was cast out, his punishment was to work. Shakespeare was a many levelled dramatic poet, and a psychological genius.

Cramer identifies as an Evangelical Christian, Southerland as a Southern Baptist. Shakespeare was a Catholic in hiding, while Pope Francis is the most visible Catholic. In a way, they are all politicians; but the Republican Congressmen are hypocrites and frauds by definition.

“We live, apparently, in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least. The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.” — Francis before he was pope. May 2007.

“Co-responsibility demands a change in mindset especially concerning the role of lay people in the Church. They should not be regarded as 'collaborators' of the clergy but, rather, as people who are really 'co-responsible' for the Church's being and acting.” — Francis before he was pope. August 2012.

“In our ecclesiastical region, there are priests who don't baptize the children of single mothers because they weren't conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today's hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it's baptized.” — Francis before he was pope. September 2012.

“Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise. Here there will be noise, I’m quite sure. Here in Rio there will be plenty of noise, no doubt about that. But I want you to make yourselves heard in your dioceses, I want the noise to go out, I want the Church to go out onto the streets, I want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable, everything to do with clericalism, everything that might make us closed in on ourselves.” — Francis. July 25, 2013.

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