“When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize others- these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community”.
“These struggles always exist” in the parish, in the family, in the neighborhood, among friends”. Instead through the Spirit we are born into a new life, he makes us “meek, charitable.”
Father socked it to us dryly this a.m., 8 of the clock, inspiring/shaming us into being better Catholics with a citation from, God save the mark, Nietzsche! How many other RC pulpits rang this morning with that name? Not many.
Nietzsche said he couldn’t be a Christian because Christians weren’t. Ah. They fell off the mark. Therefore, decided the eminent philosopher, he would not be one.
Lesson: Be a Christian, fellow! Or get out of this church!
If I was to compile a list to be titled Common Catholic Misconceptions of the Catholic Faith, near the top of the list would have to be this Catholic misconception about the nature of sanctity:
The saints are to be considered perfect in their earthly lives, to such an extent that all that they did while in this life is considered right, just, and necessary for Catholics to mimic in their own lives.
A little more of this realism and a little less of all-or-nothing stuff from the likes of Nietzsche, and we’d all be in better shape.
Heard a two-finally sermon on Easter Sunday. That’s one where the preacher says “finally” twice, a number of paragraphs apart, raising hopes with the first one, dashing them with the second. Here’s a rule: Never say “finally” twice in the same sermon.
I did not time this sermon, so have nothing to report in that respect, though I am sure it broke another rule: Keep It Short, Father. I did not time it because of my Lenten resolution not to time sermons any more.
I broke it, however, on Holy Thursday out of terrible habit, in the case of a visiting Jesuit — with bracing results. He went a mere 11, at the most 12 minutes. I might have sung Alleluia two days early if I did that sort of thing.
Good man this Thursday preacher! Not only for his brevity but also for his single, clear message: pay attention more to God than yourself. It’s an idea I like for myself, being uneasy with close examination of how I am doing.
For others, or some others anyhow, I am not so sure. Do I want them to pay less attention to their faults and failings, with resulting less reformation of their wretched lives and annoying habits? I’d like some time to think about that.