The sign of peace a rite of belam today
I was very taken by a priestly blog this last week that was about the Sign of Peace. I was quite taken aback by the examples of abuse that many catholics undergo. Now I know of the different of Pastoral Abuse committed by the priests of our Church. But what I read of the consecrated venom of the laity and so many egos was disgusting. I know from experience that even discussing matters of faith discussed privately has shown me that the much bruited fraternal correction cannot exist in the majority of cases. I read in answers on other blogs on which I have offered comments examples of the bullying attitude of many Pharisaical elders inside the Church that is sinful. It is congregational abuse of the worst kind.
I claim that there are accusations made at blogs of the catholic variety that try to make them seem uncharitable, seem untruthful make accusations of calumny and detraction, that is if the catholics who make these accusations of sinfulness really understood what kind of accusations they are making. When reading these blogs one must ask is it gossip or falsehoods. Gossip is telling someone facts that either they can do nothing about or knowing it is just spreading scandal. I find among some catholic bloggers the attitude this is our church we must get together and get the authorities to make changes. That is neither gossip, slander or scandal. Unfortunately we run into the hubris of the Hierarchical Powers who will not speak against the words of a Judas type Apostle. A priest who was my confessor for a long time, as we discussed the behavior of two priests, told me , "if he complained to the bishop of the other priests and this fact was discovered the ones accused could take him before a canon law court and he would be found guilty and punished, even if the tribunal found he was telling the truth". Sometimes canon law is a law of man written to protect the priesthood and their backsides.
It seems that there is confusion in some about what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is and what we are supposed to do in this nearly God Forsaken World. We are here first to love God above all things and to save our souls and practice charity without pride. Invariably I get to Church early to first make my relationship with God proper. That is to be in the right disposition to commune and communicate with Him. James wrote and Jesus told St Faustina, "The prayers of the pure are always heard". We can only unless it is a dire emergency renew ourselves by the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Church believes it takes the worst of circumstances to make a perfect act of contrition and often without those circumstances we are not capable of meaning it (Council of Trent) .
Therefore before mass and right after the penance given in the sacrament of reconciliation I pray this way and you may well recognize the form of the prayer.
Look down from your cross O good and gentle Jesus, while before your face and in your presence, I prostrate my soul in humble supplication to pray for all catholic souls whether they be righteous, just, tepid, fallen, lost or forgotten. For my self I ask that Your Body and Blood will be the food for my soul 'til the end of time and in eternity. For us all I ask for lively and active sentiments of Faith, Hope, Charity and the Virtue of religion. Grant all souls full knowledge of all our sins and draw us to the confessional. While we are there grant us the grace to make, to mean, to live and fulfill a firm purpose of amendment. Cause us to turn our face to you and know of the dreadful price you paid for our salvation through your passion and death and the shedding of your most precious blood. Call us into your wounds and shelter us, cause us to know as David wrote, it was us who pierced your hands and your feet and broke all your bones. Now I pray for the Holy Father our Pope."
I will remind you that I find it disgusting that any catholic blogger seeks kudos for his or her efforts on the Internet, by soliciting the popular vote. If they are being moved by the Holy Spirit then the self same spirit will make very sure that enough people will read it, and that should suffice. Any action on their part to manipulate the Holy Spirit is pompous in the extreme
I find reading the comments on this subject such a lack of humility by some. I have a strong impression that their egos are really offended if we do not grant them the peace of Christ. How droll is their pride. How can I or you give them peace, Christ warned us of a peace the world cannot give but like the old Pax Dominum I can ask for peace for all, that the priest who is the sacrificial minister can give, will be given to all present. I have and I know of others who get literally swooped on from afar and receive a real harsh bang on whatever part of our bodies the punisher can reach. A blow which I accept as Christ did when suffering His passion. Look at the pride in that action, and I know of the smug looks I see as I turn to see who is so ignorant. It is not peace they are sending but smarten up fool. I showed you. It does happen and the blog confirmed what I knew. How sinful do you think this is when one considers it is witnessed by Christ upon the Altar? Consider how grave a sin it is if as I believe the Body of Christ resurrected is now present on the Altar of Sacrifice.
Two facts that must be considered. The first one is, "The ancient words of God must be remembered, "A curse on those who say there is peace where there is no peace. Ezechiel or Jeremiah I believe. False Irenicism I call this heresy or sin. Also secondly it would be a better thing to hold hands at the Creed than the Our Father if a sign of unity is needed. Both of these signs are charismatic in origin and since the profession of Faith we make is not the same as other cults then ecumenism forbids this universality, especially with the number of Christians who drop by to see what the catholic Heretics are up to. I can tell you from personal experience that it would surprise you to know how many people sitting beside you in church are not catholic and have never received any formal entrance into the Church. As one said I like your minister better than ours. Another group said, Our pastor is on holiday so we came here, we always do and often. The first example was with someone who in conversation seemed to be more reformist than papal. This was also after several weeks of talking to her. The Parish Priest did not care since he had been in the Parish, numbers and donations were up.
By the way, "Did Christ stop the Last Supper, get up to hug and kiss the Apostles especially Judas, before giving Himself to them at the Eucharist?" Of what sin are the Bishop's guilty when they consider that they should do more than Christ because He missed out on Charity? I mentioned that I went to confession prior to mass and what does that do for me? Well the Church teaches that in confession the priest stands in for God, Church and the parishioners and through his absolution I receive reconciliation with all three. Why then does the Church nowadays tell me I need to leave my offering and go to seek other's forgiveness? I already have it through the Sacrament. Why I ask should I symbolically desert Christ upon the altar? For me it would be like leaving the Cross. I refuse categorically to desert as so many Apostles once did. Is not the Mass the unbloody representation and true actions of the Passion death and resurrection of the Passion of Christ or do any of you think the Early Church had it wrong?
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