Sin of Ignorance and the first last word
Is ignorance a sin when it comes to the teaching and example of Jesus Christ? Of course it is, it was of such importance that it is recognized as the first of the seven last words of His Passion. It was the first, when He said loudly and clearly from the Cross, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". I have never heard a homily by a catholic priest on the seven last words in the last forty years and do not tell me that the RCIA nincompoops teach it. Many of whom I asked had denied all knowledge of this important Catholic Teaching. By the way ******poop is a very good description of the RCIA program.
If it is a sin then it must be confessed and the spiritual value or lack thereof when describing our ignorance depends on what it causes us to believe and how we act.
The so average catholic really does not want to know what Christ and therefore the Church has taught. It seems many of us prefer to think or have our own opinion of His directives, instructions and example. It is to some as though He was not necessary because we can deal directly with God the Father. You know as the tepid catholic would say, "I confess My sins directly to God". It is a though we do not need or want Him. His death and Gifts are as useless as the appendages on the animal holocaust we have become. Literally we do not fear Him. As I write I realize that is not true because when faced with death we believe and demand the sacrament of Extreme Unction, the last rites. What desperate catholic does not stridently demand the Priest attend his or her bedside as a right and not as an aid to salvation? A catholic who says during his or her lifetime, I confess my sins to God is acting in ignorance of Jesus Christ and the gifts he left us. We, many of us, also deny God's wisdom, His Divine Intellect, that knew and fully understands the dreadful separation of sin. David the psalmist wrote in the greatest act of contrition made by mankind, "Turn not Your face from me and take not Your Holy Spirit away". This was before the Advent, Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those of us who rarely use the Confessional or the sacrament of Reconciliation tell God in effect and with a great denial of the value of Christ's life on earth, "We did not need your Son. We do OK with You. As far as we are concerned we can live with the Gates of Heaven closed. Your great Charity of the Triune Sacrifice is meaningless today". Now comes your adamant denial, coupled with your last words, "You do not know what you are talking about".
Your denials remind me of this from Luke 4:18 poor translations of the Bible miss out, "to heal the contrite of heart". Six words of what the glad tidings brought. Are many Catholics today "contrite of heart" You may answer that on for yourselves.
Is it not ignorance on the part of the Hierarchy when they pompously denounce, "There is no need to believe in the revelation of Fatima". They have over the years. They justify this statement by saying it is not needed for our salvation. How demonically droll is that statement. The vision of the Eucharist whereby Michael, the Archangel of Peace, the Archangel Guardian of the Eucharist knelt before the Chalice with the three children, in adoration and prayed with them apologized, and made reparation for the indifference committed against the Body and Blood Souls and Divinity and they would cease has by the Bishops of the Church been summarily dismissed and counts for naught. Any bishop who has not publicly denounced this attitude and separated himself from such heresy is mortally sinful and is guilty of teaching deliberate ignorance and will not like His final interview with upper management.
By the way, ask your parish priest, "Do we have to believe in Fatima?"
Labels: Bishop Priest Confession, Eucharist, Fatima, Ignorance, Seven last words, sin