Nov 29, 2005

From the man who would be pope


What can the third fall of Jesus under the Cross say to us? We have considered the fall of man in general, and the falling of many Christians away from Christ and into a godless secularism. Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own Church? How often is the holy sacrament of his Presence abused, how often must he enter empty and evil hearts! How often do we celebrate only ourselves, without even realizing that he is there! How often is his Word twisted and misused! What little faith is present behind so many theories, so many empty words! How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him! How much pride, how much self-complacency! What little respect we pay to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where he waits for us, ready to raise us up whenever we fall! All this is present in his Passion. His betrayal by his disciples, their unworthy reception of his Body and Blood, is certainly the greatest suffering endured by the Redeemer; it pierces his heart. We can only call to him from the depths of our hearts: Kyrie eleison ­ Lord, save us (cf. Mt 8: 25).
From Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Good Friday meditations (2005)

Let us pray ever more fervently for our bishops and priests, faithful and unfaithful!


Blogger skeetor said...

All I can say is that is freakin deep.
It cuts to the very heart of the problem in our church, and it says it so perfectly.
I am sending this to everyone.

Thanks for showin us unlearned mases wheret he good stuff is.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I just love it. It's perfect. Thank you Quintero, thank you Benedict, thank You Jesus.

4:18 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;

For with the Lord is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

5:16 PM  
Blogger OrthodoxWarrior said...

That was awesome, he sounds like St. Agustine, no bullshit, straight to the heart of the problem, the truth, no dancing around, no psycho babble, rehtoric, ect.. This is what a holy leader of God is supposed to do. All these people say, oh you orthodox catholics all you do is condemn, you should open up!

If any of you hear someone say you should open up, or what would Jesus say, tell them this. Go, Go look in your bible and tell me one place Jesus was open to garbage the scribes and pharisees where bringing to him, did he condem them? Yes, You brood Vipers. There is not one single place in sacred scripture where Christ is politically correct! He puts it in your face, love it or leave it.

The next time someone says your condeming them, say your just want them to know the truth so God doesn't holy your responsible. I'm not the great quoter, but it was God that said to Elijah, I believe, "That if someone dies in the state of sin and is condemned and you could have warned them Elijah, I will hold you personally responsible." It's in the bible, I know it is because Fr. Caropi was talking about it. This is the will of God that Pope Benedict XVI is doing, look at how Pagan Europe has become, I'm not talking about social or liberal Catholics, but God is starting to disapear in places like France, which was once rich with Saints.


5:49 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

I think the passage you're thinking of is from Ezekiel 33 which speaks of the "Watchman."

This reminds me of a great song by Jeremy Casella called, "More than the Watchman." The song isn't really related to the Ez passage, but the word "watchman" made me think of it.

Check it out.

Clayton Emmer introduced me to Jeremy's music.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Iosephus said...

Ever since those firey words of Ratzinger's from before the conclave, we have been waiting for more firey words (and actions) post-conclave. We have not seen them as of yet. We are waiting, Benedetto!

8:10 PM  
Blogger OrthodoxWarrior said...


Be patient my dear friend, he will get the job done, even if he dies before its complete. It is a long slow process and should be treated as such. If we go to fast many things will get overlooked and will come up later. But in all reality, the sad part is for every great leader in the Church, there is always someone like McBrien out there who thinks their smarter than they really are!

Quintero, you are right it was Ezekiel 33, not Elijah. Hey check out my blog Attack From Within!

8:43 PM  

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