Thrilled by Francis’ Call to Mission

Words spoken by the new Roman Catholic leader, Pope Francis 1, in an informal homily delivered to the College of Cardinals today, thrilled me. (Thrilled is not one of my usual verbs. But that’s exactly how I felt.) From The Los Angeles Times account of the Mass at which Francis preached:

Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, “He who does
not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon.”

“When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and
when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the
Lord. We are worldly.”

He added, “We may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, all of this, but we are not disciples of the Lord.”

Francis issued a strong warning to the cardinals, telling them the
Catholic Church risks becoming a compassionate nongovernment
organization unless it sticks to its spiritual path.

Building a solid Church, he added, was vital to stop it from crumbling like a “sand castle” built by children.

[To read the remainder of the post, go here. Be warned that what I write there as a Lutheran Christian pastor is overtly Christian. Just a loving warning.]

  

Author: MARK DANIELS

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  1. Thrilled? Oh My!

    Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, “He who does
    not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon.”

    “When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and
    when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the
    Lord. We are worldly.

    Deeply offensive ….so much for ecumentalism….or the most base iota of respect…

  2. what Sparrow has highighted: this is a 1950s rhetoric most of us who went to catholic school 60 and more years ago are familiar with. It duns and disgraces people of other faiths, in direct opposition, incidentally to pope Benedict’s written order that all faiths be respected and that incursions of force or fear into other’s faiths is not godly evangelization. There is far more to that document that was not only signed by Benedict but by missionary councils from many other religious groups also.

    The new pope may have his stentorian ways. But most of the people of Faith will put Love first, the Resurrection first, Charity first, Inclusion first.

    The old way of trying to lead/ force/sequester catholics, is to put ‘fear of God’ first, as in be afraid of hell and satan… put the emphasis on how bad others are who are not catholic, as per emphasis on good Friday beating Christ half to death and then crucifying him. The latter is rhetoric to attempt to see human beings as sinners, rather than as learners. There’s a huge difference in the two approaches.

    The pope will have his avid supporters who believe in law and order, but not the kindness and love and miracle making and mercy of Christ. If this pope wants to turn back to his own childhood wherein the church, only acts of inclusion were powermongering and money gaining, whilst finding others malcreados, {formed badly as human beings… an old idea in catholicism that is racist and sexist and inhumane all at once] he will also likely have more detractors, I’d venture, than Benedict ir JPII ever did.

    Also, many are watching this pope’s public emphasis on his own ‘humbleness’… for scripture OT and NT Christ noted public acts of humility and/ or ‘look how bad I am and how I am saved now’ are a public rhetoric, are not humility or a humanity of Love: they are hubris.

    We shall see.

  3. Thanks Dr. E.

    Yes this appears to be more hubris than humility in a proclamation that people from other Faiths are praying to the demons…

    Merriam-Webster definition of ‘thrilled ‘ ….

    Definition of THRILL

    transitive verb
    1
    a : to cause to experience a sudden sharp feeling of excitement b : to cause to have a shivering or tingling sensation
    2
    : to cause to vibrate or tremble perceptibly
    intransitive verb
    1
    : to move or pass so as to cause a sudden wave of emotion
    2
    : to become thrilled:
    a : to experience a sudden sharp excitement
    b : tingle, throb
    3
    : tremble, vibrate
    — thrill noun
    — thrill·ing·ly adverb
    See thrill defined for English-language learners »
    See thrill defined for kids »
    Examples of THRILL

    Circus performers still thrill audiences today.
    I was thrilled by their decision.

    Origin of THRILL
    Middle English thirlen, thrillen to pierce, from Old English thyrlian, from thyrel hole, from thurh through — more at through
    First Known Use: 1592
    Related to THRILL

    Synonyms
    charge, electrify, excite, exhilarate, galvanize, intoxicate, pump up, titillate, turn on

    Don’t want to discount anyone’s doctrine of the exclusiveness of Christianity here… So lets not argue with that, although i do disagree,let us go with, ‘everyone that does not pray to Jesus is praying to the devil.

    Even if the Pope ..is ‘right’…

    From what i know of Jesus a Christan that sincerely seeks the heart of Christ to hear that over 3/4 are doomed to hell because they pray to someone other than Jeus would bring great sadness instead of being thrilled… ” charge, electrify, excite, exhilarate, galvanize, intoxicate, pump up, titillate, turn on “. To be thrilled seems very anti-christic to what i know of Christ.

    As i reflect on Jesus as Lord, see him possessing a sensitivity, a compassion, a attitude of honoring such as the many accounts of him meeting people where they were, example; woman at the well, eating with tax collectors and sinners, or feeding the multitudes and the Sermon on the Mount…

    Thrilled to hear that Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Native, are all praying to the devil? Is that the expression of the heart of Jesus the Christ? Or is that Fundamentalism that gets off/electrified/ excited/ exhilarated/ galvanized/ intoxicated/ pumped up/ titillated/ turned on/ as they chant ‘my dog/god is bigger and better than your dog/god?’

    A Pope, or ones that are thrilled in hearing the pope call other faiths demonic is not something spoken by a winner, but much more weiner’ish’….

    Everyone’s Faith is sacred to them…

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