Thanks for the thoughts…it is important for all priests and people in the Church to pay attention to God, in every country and at every time in human history. The present crisis in the Catholic Church is a very serious one, and so each of us needs to examine our own conscience as members of Christ’s Body, His Church.
The sins of those guilty are terrible but every offense against God weakens the Church. All of us need to pray fervently to the Holy Spirit to know our sins and repent of them with the firm resolution to ask continually for grace, to seek earnestly for grace not to sin again, and to avoid the near occasions of sin, and to persevere in knocking on the door that God will open to us the holiness to which we are called. Without Him we can do nothing! Jesus told His disciples and we hear him speak to us those words in Jn 15:5.
Yesterday’s Gospel continues to ring in my ears:
…He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
> take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it. (from Mk 8: 27-35)
We are living in a time, when God and His Mother are ignored by many. We are living in a time when “self” is loved by many to the contempt of God. We are living in a time, when not only is the word “sin” heard rarely but even the word “imperfection” is rarely heard as well. God is Holy and He has told us to “Be Holy” as He is Holy.
Saints of the past can help us to see more clearly God’s Will and help us begin to turn toward holiness. Yesterday, I spent time again reading and pondering St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”, Chapter 7, paragraphs # 257 - 265. In paragraph 257, St. Louis wrote:
…here are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection. They may be expressed in four words, doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary, in order to do it more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.
He continues in paragraphs #258 - 265 to explain further. I encourage anyone who is serious about holiness to ponder yesterday’s Gospel and to consider the words of St. Louis on how to live the Truth we hear from Jesus.