who revealed to Peter your plan for the salvation of all men,
grant that our work may be acceptable to you
and that, by your grace, it may further your loving purpose of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Deuteronomy 30:11,14 ©
This Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. No, the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.
Trouble and suffering are my lot,
but your commandments are my delight.
Your decrees are righteous for ever.
Give me understanding, and I shall live.
"We are only Christians if we encounter Christ. Of course he does not show himself in overwhelming, luminous ways as he did to Paul to make him the Apostle of all peoples. But we too can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ's heart and feel him touching, converting, ours. Only in this encounter with the Risen Christ do we truly become Christians."
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.--Leo Tolstoy, 1897
Tobit 4:14-15,16,19 ©
Be careful, my child, in all you do, well-disciplined in all your behaviour. Do to no one what you would not want done to you. Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who are naked. Whatever you own in plenty, devote a proportion to almsgiving. Bless the Lord God in everything; beg him to guide your ways and bring your paths and purposes to their end.
Interesting turn of events
"I can confirm that this morning, at the indication of the Pope emeritus, I asked Cardinal Robert Sarah to contact the publishers of the book requesting them to remove the name of Benedict XVI as co-author of the book itself, and also to remove his name from the introduction and conclusions".
"The Pope emeritus in fact knew the Cardinal was preparing a book”, Archbishop Gänswein added, “and had sent a short text of his on the priesthood”, authorizing the Cardinal to use it as he wished. But the Pope emeritus “had not approved any project for a co- signed book, nor had he seen and authorized the cover. It was a misunderstanding, without questioning the good faith of Cardinal Sarah".
The conflict about the priestly celibacy saddens me. So many years of discussions, books and articles and there is no useful true conclusion.
My take is that celibacy is an contingent characteristic of priesthood: most of Jesus' disciples were married, and married persons are also called to devote their entire being to God just as priests do. The way to fulfill this vocation is different, but the same way priests and married people share praying practices (everyone is encouraged to pray the liturgy of the hours #loth), they may also share family practices.
I just wanted to share my opinion, what do you think?
I really feel this if I take the definition of need from the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) book (http://xfmro77i3lixucja.onion/read/83VqRPAN23IdNlxW/index_split_007.html). Just a few example from that book:
Some Basic Needs We All Have
Choosing one’s dreams, goals,
Choosing one’s plan for fulfilling
thoses dreams, goals, and values
Celebrating the creation of life
and dreams fulfilled
Celebrating losses of loved ones,
dreams, and so on (mourning)
2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 ©
Do not let anyone have any food if he refuses to do any work. Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness, doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else’s. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we order and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat. My brothers, never grow tired of doing what is right.
Again Hans Kung in his short history of the Catholic Church:
"But in Hellenistic Christianity the arguments turned less and less on the practical discipleship of Christ and more on the acceptance of a revealed teaching—about God and Jesus Christ, God and the world. And the new Logos christology increasingly forced the Jesus of history into the background in favor of a doctrine and finally a church dogma of the Incarnate God. Whereas in Judaism from Jesus’ time to the present day there have been arguments about the correct practice of the law, in Hellenized Christianity the arguments have been increasingly about the right, the orthodox, truth of faith."
So interesting writing of Hans Kung in his short history of the Catholic Church:
"In accordance with its Hebraic origins the truth of Christianity was not to be seen, or theorized on; rather, it was to be done, practiced. Thus, in the gospel of John, Jesus Christ is called “the way, the truth, and the life” (14.6). The Christian concept of truth was originally not contemplative and theoretical like the Greek concept, but operative and practical."
Short Reading 1 Timothy 1:15 ©
Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
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