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Apologies for banging on in previous articles (i have ADHD / Asperger’s which doesn’t help) and perhaps a bit unfair to NC Register (but only a bit).
I appeal to you friars because of your close association to NC Register (via EWTN) and also because of your connection to St Francis. One of many things i love about St Francis was that he was such a balanced Catholic. Neither ‘Liberal’ nor ‘Conservative’ (or the equivalent in the day). And I fear a schism is happening between ‘Conservatives’ and ‘Liberals’ from one degree to another in the Church. And right now, we really need to focus on how St Francis would react to the crisis and divisions if he were alive today. He’d be a peace-maker, a unifier, as well as pulling people back to moderate Catholicism (but zealous in love of God and neighbour).
@St Francis of Assisi,
Please pray for the Church right now.
So here is a new article on NC Register that I think is a bit toxic: ‘Are Progressives Really Closet Racists?’
This article generalises and is divisive.
Yes, I agree 100%, the type of progressivism that breeds heresy is completely wrong, like in Protestantism. But there is also the type of progressivism which reveals to us more and more about God throughout history. I mean the very act of God becoming incarnate is a great example of this. And look at how some the ‘Conservative’ Pharisees rejected Christ (although I don’t condemn the Pharisees, the great St Paul was one once).
Look at how early Catholic culture focused on Christ as God (although doctrinally, Christ was man as well). But at the time of the Middle Ages, Catholic culture began to look more at Christ as man, not just as God – just look at the great art of Giotto.
Just look at how science today tells us so much about the beauty and complexity and mystery of the natural world, created by God – look at quantum physics for example.
Look at how the Liturgy was once in Greek, but then ‘progressed’ to Latin and finally to the vernacular. Should the Liturgy still be in Greek like in the Greek Orthodox Church?
One thing I love about the Catholic Church is that, unlike Protestantism or Eastern Orthodox Christianity, it gets the balance right between Progressivism and Tradition. Perhaps, reflecting something of the nature of God in Heaven to the Blessed – that God, to them is like a rock, solid, unchanging in a way, but at the same time, and paradoxically, eternally mysterious, for ever revealing Himself to them. I’m not a theologian, so I might have got this last bit wrong, but I’m sure it’s something like this in Heaven – which makes Heaven so exciting!
Lastly, I’ll stop now, but it’s really important (NC Register is the biggest Catholic journal in the English-speaking world or something and it’s played a key role in bashing the Pope, where AB Vigano has petitioned the Pope’s resignation , and NC Register is owned by EWTN).
We are the Catholic Church. We should be proclaiming the Great News that Christ achieved for us here on Earth! He fought evil, took on our sins, and was raised to life, after death. Amazing!
No wonder Theresa of Avila said, ‘beware of gloomy saints.’ She was an amazing saint, along with saint Francis. She would be appalled by so much of the gloom on NC Register (yes, I admit it also publishes good/great articles as well, nevertheless there is so much gloom).
St Theresa of Avila hated gloom. And so did St Francis of Assisi. Because gloom comes straight from Hell – sadness is different to gloom. And you can be paradoxically sad and joyful at the same time. Jesus tells us this most famously in the Beatitudes where ‘blessed’ means happy.
We need to CHEER UP. That is not that same as being presumptious. We need to cheer up for the sake of the Catholic Church but also for the millions and millions of people who live in darkness. Who want to hear about the Great News of Roman Catholicism. Of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. That we can have God literally in us (or we in God) via The Eucharist. That our sins can be forgiven in a flash (if we’re genuine) through Confession. Of The Beatific Vision. Of the beauty of the Song of Songs and what that means for us here and now, and please God, when we die. That Catholicism is very much about the imagination, and humour, and joy, and so on. NOT doom and gloom that I see so much of in ‘Conservative’ Catholic media today.
(I also think a big problem with Catholic Church today is that we have a lack of devotion to The Holy Spirit – doctrinally, we treat Him equal to The Father and The Son, but not in practise. And we also need to ramp up devotion to The Father and The Blessed Trinity as well so we become a truly Trinitarian Church. And we also need to focus more on Mary as ‘woman’ – that tough lady, in good sense, who challenged Jesus to start his mission, at the Wedding of Cana, knowing in some intuitive way it would lead to his Passion and death. And not just focus on her as nurturer, important as that is. Jesus didn’t need to be challenged but He allowed Himself to be to set an example to us). I was often put off Mary because the focus was too much on her as the nurturer (a lot of sentimental statues of her), as opposed to getting the balance right between nurturer and that tough lady who challenged her son to become, finally, a man at the Wedding of Cana – all I’m saying is that Mary is even greater than the sentimental statues she is often portrayed by, I’m paying her a compliment, not taking anything away from her).
And, yes, I accept the Church authorities MUST be challenged. But not like this. Not in a schismatic, doom and gloom way. But in the spirit that St Catherine of Sienna challenged the Catholic Church back in her day. And, yes, we must also challenge ‘Liberalism’ in the Catholic Church that so often spreads heresies and so on.
Ss, Catherine of Sienna, Theresa of Avila and Francis of Assisi, and, finally, Mary mother of Jesus and mother whom Christ called ‘woman’ at the Wedding of Cana – please pray for us.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and Blessed Trinity – please bless, save and sanctify us.
Lastly, just want to say, The Holy Spirit is also known as The Wild Goose in Celtic Ireland where I grew up. I live beside wild geese here in England. They fly where they want. They make a beautiful, heavenly sound when they fly.
Please, please, please can we ramp up devotion to The Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church. And I think you Franciscan Friars have an important role to play in this because St Francis was a bit like a wild goose himself! And clearly inspired by The Holy Spirit. With a deep devotion to The Holy Spirit.
It’s extremely Catholic to have a deep devotion to The Holy Spirit. The early Catholics certainly did. But it’s sadly (perhaps tragically) waned over the centuries. I urge you Franciscans to really ramp up devotion to The Holy Spirit. So that we can convey the sense of freedom and wildness and beauty (as well as sense of order and solidness and down-to-earthness as well) that Catholicism brings, especially through devotion to Christ in The Eucharist.
‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.’
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