Monday, 15 December 2014

Pope Francis: Rigidity is a sign of a weak heart

“Even our life can become like that, even our life. And sometimes, I confess something to you, when I have seen a Christian, a Christian of that kind, with a weak heart, not firm, not fixed on the rock—Jesus – and with such rigidness on the outside, I ask the Lord: ‘But Lord, throw a banana peel in front of them, so that they will take a good fall, and feel shame that they are sinners, and so encounter You, [and realize] that You are the Saviour. Many times a sin will make us feel shame, and make us encounter the Lord, Who pardons us, as the sick who were there and went to the Lord for healing.”

Thanks be to God that I slipped on the banana peel!!

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4 comments:

  1. http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/12/francis-filtered

    Offers more on the who am I to judge scenario

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  2. I have a friend who is now a bishop. When he was a pastor we were discussing a young priest who was very orthodox yet very rigid - he never was friendly with anyone, always seemed to be scolding and so on. My friend once said he hoped for his sake he might have something happen to humble him - slip on a banana peel type thing. I was really surprised he said that and almost thought it uncharitable.

    Anyway, a few years later, the priest was forced to resign a position because he was involved in a scandal - he was innocent of course, but he failed insofar as he neglected to inform authorities about an abusive priest.

    I thought of that when I read what the pope said.

    In the old novena prayers to OL of Perpetual Help there was a prayer for the conversion of loved ones, and it asked Our Lady to even send some setback, misfortune, or illness to the person, if such a fall would effect the person's conversion or cause him to turn back to God in humility.

    I think that is where the Holy Father is coming from.

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