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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2018 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told Jesuits in Chile last month that he’s willing to have discussions with people who disagree with him, but that when people just shout ‘heretic’, he prays for them instead.
Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.“When I perceive resistance, I try to dialogue, when dialogue is possible; but some resistance comes from people who believe they have the true doctrine and they accuse you of being a heretic.”

“When in these people, for what they say or write, I do not find spiritual goodness, I simply pray for them. I feel sorry, but I do not dwell on this feeling…” the Pope said in a conversation with Jesuits in Chile, published in the Jesuit journal La Civilta’ Cattolica Feb. 15.

Francis’ comment was part of a Jan. 16 conversation with around 90 Jesuits in Chile. The private encounter took place on the first full day of his apostolic visit to Chile and Peru Jan. 15-21.

In the meeting Francis answered a question about what resistance he’s encountered during his pontificate and how he’s responded to it.

“Faced with difficulty I never say that it is a ‘resistance,’ because it would mean giving up [the process of] discernment,” he said, pointing out that to do so is to dismiss the “shred of truth” that is often at the heart of conflict.

To help with this in discussions, he said he often asks a person, “What do you think?” This helps him to put into context things that at first seem “like resistance, but in reality, are a reaction that arises from a misunderstanding, from the fact that some things must be repeated, explained better...” he said.

The Pope also noted that misunderstandings or conflict are sometimes his own fault, as when he considers something to be obvious, or makes a logical leap without explaining the process well, thinking the other person has understood his reasoning.

“I realize that, if I go back and explain it better, then at that point the other says, ‘Ah, yes, all right…’ In short, it is very helpful to examine well the sense of the conflict,” he stated.

Francis acknowledged that when there is real resistance, he feels sorry, noting that the temptation to resist change is something we’ve all experienced at one point or another.

Nothing new, resistance to the Second Vatican Council is real, he said, trying to “relativize” or “water down the Council.”

He said he’s aware of the “campaigns” against Vatican II, but he does not read the websites “of this so-called ‘resistance.’”

“I know who I am, I know the groups, but I do not read them, simply for my mental health. If there's something very serious, they inform me so that I know it,” he said. 

“It’s a disappointment but we have to move on.”

Charismata for the Cosmos

Charismata for the Cosmos
February 16, 2018
Amos Yong (Renewing Christian Theology) insists that the charismatic gifts exist not to puff up the charismatic Christian but to edify the church and evangelize the world:

“The spiritual gifts are bestowed by God upon and exercised by the body of Christ and its members for the common good of both the church and the world. The charismatic manifestations of the Spirit are never for the self-aggrandizement of those so equipped but are rather intended to accomplish God’s mission of renewing, restoring, and redeeming the world amid its brokenness. . . . the gift of the Spirit himself and the Spirit’s gifts in each instance are intended to enhance faith in the living Christ. The overarching goal is practical and teleological: to announce, initiate, and inaugurate the reign of God in Christ, which is what heals, transforms, and saves the world. That which builds up the many members of Christ’s body also in turn serves the wider common good—the world, in which the church exists, albeit of which it is not. Thus even as the world may already participate in the Spirit’s gifts in some respect, there is no minimizing of the church’s charismatic mission and evangelical witness to illuminate the mystery of Christ that fulfills the world’s longings. In all of this, Spirit-filled believers act not on their own initiative but under the guidance and enablement of the divine breath.”

Ultimately, the charismata exist as expressions of the Spirit’s work to renew the cosmos: “the degree to which the charisms are Spirit-initiated irruptions from within the present order of things reflects the continuities between the world understood as divinely created and the renewed cosmos of God. There is therefore assurance both that the works of the Spirit of order will check, even judge, the chaos of the present fallen world and that the surprises of the Spirit will rightly reorder the world in anticipation of the coming rule of God.”

A good reminder to charismatics, and to non-charismatics.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Pope prays for those who call him a heretic

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Sunday Bulletin - Sunday, February 18, 2018 — First Sunday of Lent

Sunday Bulletin
Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Sunday, February 18, 2018 — First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 18, 2018 — First Sunday of Lent
 We, the church of Saint Patrick, in the community of North Park,
of the Roman Catholic Diocese and City of San Diego,
declare this to be our primary mission:
to come together to celebrate the Eucharist,
hear God’s word proclaimed,
give praise and thanksgiving to God,
and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe that by freely sharing our faith, talents, and treasures,
we discover Christ’s presence among us and bring Him to others.
We have a strong desire to give and receive love, service, peace, support,
and fellowship, within our families, our parish, our community, and the world.
Open to the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue this mission faithfully and lovingly.