Pope Francis’ Mass: Sometimes the Church looks like an entrepreneur, not like a Mother

Pope Francis’ Mass: Sometimes the Church looks like an entrepreneur, not like a Mother

Published on Dec 19, 2014

He explained that the Church becomes sterile when it’s not open to God.

During his Friday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the Church. He explained that the Church can’t do everything by herself.

POPE FRANCIS
“When the Church believes that she can do everything, that she can take charge of the consciences of the people, walking the road of the Pharisees, of the Sadducees, the road of hypocrisy, yes, the Church remains sterile. Let’s pray. So that this Christmas our Church may be open to the gift of God, that she may allow herself to be surprised by the Holy Spirit and be a Church that gives birth, a mother Church. Many times I think that in some places the Church is more like an entrepreneur than a mother.”
The Pope concluded that the Church must always be open to God. Today’s Mass was the last one of the year open to pilgrims.
EXCERPT OF THE POPE’S HOMILY
“From sterility, the Lord is able to restart a new lineage, a new life.  And that is the message of today.  When humanity is exhausted and can no longer go forward, grace comes, the Son comes and Salvation comes. And that exhausted Creation gives way to a new creation.”
“This too makes me think of our mother Church and of so much sterility within our Mother Church: when because of the weight of the hope in the Commandments, that pelagianism that all of us carry within our bones, she becomes sterile.  She believes she is capable of giving birth… no, she can’t!  The Church is a mother and only becomes a mother when she opens to the newness of God, to the strength of the Spirit.  When she says to herself: “I do everything, but I’ve finished, I can’t go forward!”, the Spirit comes.”
“And today is also a day to pray for our Mother Church, because of so much sterility within the people of God.  A sterility arising from egoism, from power … when the Church believes she can do everything, that she can take charge of the consciences of the people, walk along the road of the Pharisees, of the Sadducees, along the road of hypocrisy, yes, the Church is sterile. Let’s pray. That this Christmas our Church may be open to the gift of God, that she may allow herself to be surprised by the Holy Spirit and be a Church that gives birth, a mother Church. Many times I think that in some places the Church is more like an entrepreneur than a mother.”

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    Catholicism, Sexuality, Homosexuality, Attractions, etc.

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    The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

    The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

    Published on Oct 28, 2014

    A 40-minute documentary focusing on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding Homosexuality.

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    Cinematography – Thomas Shannon and Branden Stanley
    Art Director – Matt LaMar
    Motion Graphic Design – Michael Oliveros
    Editor – John-Andrew O’Rourke
    Executive Producer – Rev. John Hollowell

    Featuring:

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    Fr. Michael Schmitz
    Sr. Helena Burns
    Christopher West

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    Michael Voris gives a series of short talks, answering questions coming in response to his talk on homosexuality in Nigeria.

    In this talk from Nigeria, Michael Voris speaks about the grave evil presented as good – homosexuality. “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intinsically disordered” (CDF, Persona humana 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC: 2357).

    Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week in Advent & Blessed Pope Urban V, December 19,2014

    Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week in Advent & Blessed Pope Urban V, December 19,2014

    As Zechariah entered the temple sanctuary, perhaps his heart sang, “You are my hope, O Lord; from my mother’s womb you are my strength.” God’s answer comes in a “consecrated boy” by which the barren Elizabeth is given a mother’s womb – a new fruit of the “root of Jesse’s stem.”

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    Opening Prayer

    “Lord Jesus, you bring hope and restoration to your people. Restore and strengthen Christian family life today. Help me to love and serve my family. May your love rule in all my relationships and remove any barriers to peace and harmony.”  In your Name, I pray. Amen.

    Reading I
    Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a

    There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,
    whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children.
    An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,
    “Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink
    and to eat nothing unclean. As for the son you will conceive and bear,
    no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb. It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines.”

    The woman went and told her husband, “A man of God came to me;
    he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed. I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name. But he said to me, ‘You will be with child and will bear a son. So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb, until the day of his death.’”

    The woman bore a son and named him Samson. The boy grew up and the LORD blessed him; the Spirit of the LORD stirred him.

    The word of the Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
    R. (see 8) My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!

    Be my rock of refuge,
    a stronghold to give me safety,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
    O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!

    For you are my hope, O LORD;
    my trust, O God, from my youth.
    On you I depend from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!

    I will treat of the mighty works of the LORD;
    O God, I will tell of your singular justice.
    O God, you have taught me from my youth,
    and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
    R. My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!

    Alleluia

    1. Alleluia, alleluia.
      O Root of Jesse’s stem,
      sign of God’s love for all his people:
      come to save us without delay!
      R.Alleluia, alleluia

    Gospel
    Luke 1:5-25

    In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah
    of the priestly division of Abijah;  his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
    and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
    observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
    But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years.

    Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God,
    according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense.
    Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.

    But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

    Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel said to him in reply,
    “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.” Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute.

    Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.

    After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”

    The Gospel of the Lord.

    Reflection 1 – The life of faith

    All our readings for today lead us towards the kind of faith we should have for our God as He always comes across with His most abundant blessings in the most unexpected moments. We witness this in the lives of Manoah and Zechariah.

    On the other hand, Psalm 71 is a testimony of a man of faith who does not only pray for God’s help but affirms his confidence in One Who has been found faithful from the day he was delivered from his mother’s womb, up to his youth and even when he is old and gray. His heart and mind are so focused on God as he hopes on Him and praises Him despite trials, dangers and difficulties that may overwhelm Him.

    Our life of faith can only flow into a life of hope in God as it is built on the victory we have in our Lord Jesus and His never ending and abiding love and help for all of us. Yes, He is with us all the days of our life. We have Jesus with us even on our darkest days when the horizon is black without a ray of light, even when the enemy triumphs over us, even when our friends forget and forsake us and even when we are down and out and the world has totally collapsed on us.

    God is closest to us during those times when we have reason to give up in despair. It is during those dire moments of our life when our Lord strengthens and perfects our faith. These are the times, we can be certain of our hope in our God Who is Omnipotent because He wills all men to be saved, healed and restored. Christ has redeemed us with His Precious Blood. For us, He died and rose again!

    As we journey through life in this imperfect world, hours of darkness may necessarily come, signs of defeat may be upon us, moments of pain and difficulties may somehow mark our mortal beings. But all these can never be cause to give up as we have a God Who will never abandon us but a God Who will set us free. With Christ in our hearts, everything we experience could only lead to our victory!

    A life of faith only point to the faithfulness of our Lord Who has been with us from the very beginning and who will be with us till the end of time.

    Let us cherish in our hearts the thought and the truth behind the infallibility of God’s promises. God said: “Heaven and earth shall pass but my words shall not pass.”

    Direction

    Hope and trust in the Lord by being following His Word.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, fill me with your praise and I will sing your glory. In Jesus, I pray. Amen.

    Reflection 2 – Barren But Not Bitter

    They were both righteous before God . . . . But they had no child. —Luke 1:6-7

    Do you believe that God will fulfill all his promises just as he said? Advent is a time to renew our hope and confidence in God’s faithfulness to the covenant he made with his people. In preparing the way for a Savior, we see the wondrous miracle of two barren couples who conceive and bear sons – Samson (Judges 13) and John the Baptist (Lk 1:5ff) – who are called by God to bring hope and deliverance at a time of spiritual darkness and difficulty for the people of God.

    Barrenness, whether physical or spiritual, can lead to bitterness in some of God’s people. It can develop in the heart of a disappointed couple who cannot have a child. It can also occur when people serve God and see no results.

    A missionary couple who served diligently for many years with no visible fruit asked in frustration, “Have we wasted our lives?” A young pastor and his wife labored 5 years for a thankless, unresponsive congregation, pouring out their lives for their people. “Do they even care?” the woman asked.

    Zacharias and Elizabeth, mentioned in Luke 1, are a model for anyone who is facing physical or spiritual barrenness. The aged couple had an impeccable reputation, having faithfully and obediently served the Lord for many years (v.6). They had prayed for children, but none came. Yet instead of becoming bitter, they kept serving and obeying the Lord. In His time, God honored Zacharias and Elizabeth with a son named John, the one who would prepare the way for the Messiah (vv.13-17).

    To avoid developing a bitter spirit in your life, faithfully serve and obey the Lord in the place where He has called you. Trust God to bless you in His time, in His way, and according to His plan. Be faithful and leave the results with God.

    “Lord, keep me from being bitter
    When things don’t go my way,
    And grant me Your grace and wisdom
    To do Your will today” (Source: Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries).

    Reflection 3 – Blessed Pope Urban V (1310-1370 A.D.)

    Read the source: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1896

    In 1362, the man elected pope declined the office. When the cardinals could not find another person among them for that important office, they turned to a relative stranger: the holy person we honor today.

    The new Pope Urban V proved a wise choice. A Benedictine monk and canon lawyer, he was deeply spiritual and brilliant. He lived simply and modestly, which did not always earn him friends among clergymen who had become used to comfort and privilege. Still, he pressed for reform and saw to the restoration of churches and monasteries. Except for a brief period he spent most of his eight years as pope living away from Rome at Avignon, seat of the papacy from 1309 until shortly after his death.

    He came close but was not able to achieve one of his biggest goals—reuniting the Eastern and Western churches.

    As pope, Urban continued to follow the Benedictine Rule. Shortly before his death in 1370 he asked to be moved from the papal palace to the nearby home of his brother so he could say goodbye to the ordinary people he had so often helped.

    Pope Francis’ Mass: God makes history step by step

    Pope Francis’ Mass: God makes history step by step

    Published on Dec 18, 2014

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    During his Thursday morning Mass, Pope Francis said that God works in history. He explained that God never lets his children down, but rather takes care of them just as St. Joseph did with Jesus.

    POPE FRANCIS
    “History is made step by step. God makes history and we also make history. When we fail, God sets history back on course and keeps walking by our side at all times.”
    The Pope encouraged Christians to trust God at all times. He added that people show how strong their faith is during hard times.
    EXPECRTS OF THE POPE’S HOMILY
    (Vatican Radio)
    “And so, step by step, history is made. God makes history, we make history; and when we fail, God makes adjustments and sets history back on course, walking with us all the time. If this is not clear to us, we will never understand Christmas! We will never understand the Incarnation of the Word! Never! It’s a story that goes forward in time. ‘Father, is history over with the story of Christmas?'; ‘No! The Lord continues to save us in history. And he walks with his people. ‘”
    “That’s what Joseph does. The man who in the worst moment of his life, the most obscure, takes the problem upon himself. And he takes the blame in the eyes of others in order to protect his bride. A psychoanalyst could perhaps say that this dream of Joseph’s is the condensation of anxiety, which seeks to be expressed… let them say what they will. But what did Joseph do? After awaking from the dream he took Mary as his bride. ‘I do not understand, but the Lord spoke to me and said she will give birth to a son who will appear to be my son!'”.
    “That God walks with us, that God makes history, that God puts us to the test and that God saves us in the worst moments, because He is our Father. And according to Paul He is our daddy. May the Lord help us to understand this mystery of Him walking with His people in history, of testing His elected ones, as well as the greatness of their hearts as they take upon themselves the pains, the problems, even the blame for our sins – Let us walk forward with Jesus across history. “

     

    Tango for Pope Francis? Thousands of dancers say yes!

    Tango for Pope Francis? Thousands of dancers say yes!

    Published on Dec 17, 2014

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    The street surrounding St. Peter’s Square became an improvised dance floor for tango dancers. This was more than just an ordinary show. It was a gift for the Argentinian Pope on his 78th birthday.  

    The couples were mostly from Argentina and Italy, but people from all over started joining in. It was an idea that came about when Cristina Camorani, an Italian tango teacher, thought it would be a unique gift everyone could enjoy.
    CRISTINA CAMORANI
    Organizer, ‘A Tango for Francis’
    “The theme of this milonga is embrace or hug. It’s a way to get away from the misconception that tango is only about sensuality and passion. We are focusing on the theme of a hug, so there are brothers, parents, sisters here dancing. Wherever there are hugs, there are no wars.”
    More than 2,000 dancers took part. Interestingly word got around through Facebook.
    “It was an idea for the Pope’s birthday. We wanted something special for the Holy Father.”
    “I want to wish our beloved Pope Francis a thousand more years. May peace and prosperity reign upon Italy, Argentina and the entire world.”
    “It’s a message of peace, passion and one of encounter. People who don’t even know each other are dancing together, so you also get to know a different culture. Different schools have different styles. Not to mention the unique elements of every country.”
    The Pope was not there during the dance, but he did know it was taking place. In fact he gave these words of encouragement before the improvised show.
    POPE FRANCIS
    “I hope you can put on a good show today and bring in some Argentinian winds.”
    It was a special 78th birthday for Pope Francis, which actually marks his second birthday as Pontiff. With tunes like these, it will be a birthday to remember.