2016-03-18 Vatican Radio
In his address, the Holy Father focused on three words: unity, glory, and world.
Below is a Vatican Radio English translation of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!I’m glad to meet you and thank you for coming in such great numbers. I send a special greeting to those who are about to set off! You have accepted the call to evangelize: I bless the Lord for this, for the gift of the Way and for the gift of each of you. I would like to highlight three words that the Gospel has just handed you, as a mandate for the mission: unity, glory and world.
Jesus prays to the Father so that his (followers) be ” brought to perfection as one” (Jn 17:23): he wants them to be “one” (v. 22), like Himself and the Father. It is his last request before the passion, the most heartfelt: that there be communion in the Church. Communion is essential. God’s and man’s enemy, the devil, is no match for the Gospel, cannot compete against the humble power of prayer and the Sacraments, but can do much harm to the Church by tempting our humanity. The devil provokes pride, being judgmental of others, he causes closures and divisions. He himself is “the divider” and often starts off by making us believe that we are good, perhaps better than others: thus the land is ready for the sowing of discord. It is the temptation of all communities and it can insinuate itself even in the most beautiful charism.
You have received a great charism for the baptismal renewal of life. Every charism is a grace of God to intensify communion. But this charism can deteriorate if you close in or if you boast about it, when you want to distinguish yourselves from the others. So we have to safeguard it. How? Following the main path: of humble and obedient unity. If there is this, the Holy Spirit continues to operate, just as it did in Mary, who was open, humble and obedient. It is always necessary to keep an eye on the charism, cleaning out the eventual human excesses through the search for unity with all and obedience to the Church. This is how to breathe in the Church and with the Church; this is how to stay docile children of the “Holy Mother Hierarchical Church” with a “soul which is prepared and ready” for the mission (cf. St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 353).
I stress this point: the Church is our Mother. Just as children carry, imprinted in their faces, a similarity to their mother, we all look like our Mother, the Church. After Baptism we no longer live as isolated individuals, but we have become men and women of communion, and we are called to be operators of communion in the world. Because Jesus not only founded the Church for us, but he founded us as Church. From her we are born again, she feeds us the Bread of life, from her we receive words of life, and we are forgiven and accompanied home. This is the fruitfulness of the Church, who is Mother: not an organization that seeks followers, or a group that goes ahead following the logic of its ideas, but a mother who transmits the life received from Jesus.
This fruitfulness is expressed through the ministry and the guidance of Pastors. The institution is in fact a charisma, because rooted in the same source, which is the Holy Spirit. He is the living water, but the water can continue to give birth only if the plant is well maintained and pruned. Quench your thirst from the fountain, the Spirit, and take care, with delicacy and respect, of the whole ecclesial body, especially the most fragile parts, because all grow together, harmonious and fruitful.
The second word is: glory.
Before his Passion, Jesus foretells that He will be “glorified” on the cross: there his glory will appear (cf. Jn 17, 5). But it is a new glory: worldly glory manifests itself when one is important, admired, when one has assets and success. But God’s glory is revealed on the cross: it is love shines out and is spread. It is a paradoxical glory with clamour, no gain and no applause. This is the only glory that makes the Gospel fruitful. The Mother Church too is fruitful when it imitates the merciful love of God, that offers itself, it never imposes itself. It is humble, it’s like the rain on the earth, like the air we breathe, like a small seed that bears fruit in silence. Whoever proclaims that love can do so only with the same loving approach.
And the third word is world.
“God so loved the world” that He sent Jesus (cf. Jn 3:16). He who loves does not stay away, but comes towards. God is not attracted by worldliness, in fact, He detests it; but He loves the world he has created, and He loves His children in the world, just as they are, wherever they live, even if they are “far away.” Show the children the tender gaze of the Father and considered the realities you will encounter as a gift; become familiar with the cultures and the languages and respect local customs, recognizing the seeds of grace which the Spirit has already spread. Without yielding to the temptation to transplant acquired models, spread the news: “what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary” (Apost. Exhort. Evangelii Gaudium, 35). It is the good news that must always be in the forefront, otherwise faith risks becoming a cold and lifeless doctrine. To evangelize as families, experiencing unity and simplicity, is already a proclamation of life, a beautiful witness, for which I thank you so much. I accompany you and encourage you, and I ask you, please, do not forget to pray for me.
Source: Vatican Radio
Let me first say with regard to Pope Francis, who am I to judge. God has his place ready -for sure.
When he misleads, misguides and misinterprets Holy Scripture with intent to undermine Jesus; when he uses language so abhorrent to put Jesus underfoot; when he clearly uses doublespeak-with outrageous comments- to continue his agenda, then I as a believer in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, will refute the words of his mouth – not for any self gain, but for the greater glory of God and the protection and saving of souls here on earth.
The article above is headed with the typical papal propaganda of the 21st century. This is not the way of a man who follows Jesus. This is the way of a regime who is trying to sell a message – which is the antithesis of Jesus – but is cleverly wrapped up in statements using doublespeak and propaganda. Why can’t everyone see it?
This is the secret of propaganda: The saturation of a group of people-with propagandist ideas without their noticing it. Of course it has a goal, but the goal must be so clever-and so brilliantly concealed- that the people who it influences don’t notice anything. – Goebbels(Hitler’s Henchman)
Pope Francis’ statement, typically, envelopes subtle – “brilliantly concealed” goals:
- Following the main path: of humble and obedient unity – blind acceptance, but not to God – to man
- keep an eye on the charism – monitor those around you, self-policing
- cleaning out the eventual human excesses through the search for unity with all – root out the non-conformists
- this is how to stay docile children – be
- of the “Holy Mother Hierarchical Church” – “rule of a high priest”, from ἱεράρχης, know your place and do what you’re told. Accept it -don’t question, it’s the church
- a “soul which is prepared and ready” for the mission – be ready to do what you’re told to do what ever the mission is that is imposed upon you
- we are called to be operators of communion in the world – operators are generally managed and maintained
- she feeds us the Bread of life – infers sustenance is only possible through the church
- This is the fruitfulness of the Church, who is Mother: not an organization that seeks followers – yet Jesus told His apostles to go proclaim the good news
- This is the fruitfulness of the Church, who is Mother: not a group that goes ahead following the logic of its ideas – so what about the doctrine of the church?; theology?; what about the Word of God given in the Bible?
- This is the fruitfulness of the Church, who is Mother: a mother who transmits the life received from Jesus. – this is the attempt at empowering an organization to become bigger than it’s founder and then remove the need for the founder. This sentence in this prepared statement is wholly ridiculous! And is not unlike many other sentences, here, and in many other statements.
These points above raise concerns about how Francis describes “what the church is”, referencing Jesus, God and motherhood. But in essence the crux of the message, like any other propaganda, Jesus and God are used as the vehicle of concealment of the subtlety to be submissive; monitor and police those around you; give up the non-conformists; accept; don’t question; do your mission because you are the operator. The plan will be transmitted from the hierarchy. This was not the instructions that Jesus gave to the apostles. And His version of “church” would be no different from then til now.
It’s Interesting to note that Jesus doesn’t pray for the world. Jesus states clearly in His prayer to His, and the only Holy, Father:
“I am asking on their behalf. I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you gave me, because they are yours. All that is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine, and I have been glorified through them. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by your name, the name that you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them by the authority that you gave me. I guarded them, and not one of them became lost except the one who was destined for destruction, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Jesus tells us that we are called to love.
God gives us the commandments
Jesus tells us that what eternal life is in His prayer
Jesus loves us, calls us to Him, asks us to repent and sin no more.
Jesus was Almighty God’s spokesman.
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I’ll take you back and you will stand before me. If you speak what is worthwhile, instead of what is worthless, then you will be my spokesman. People will turn to you, but you aren’t to turn to them. I’ll make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They’ll fight against you, but they won’t prevail against you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you,” So I’ll deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
Sadly Pope Francis is not a spokesman of God, he speaks of what is worthless and he turns to the people. The prepared statement above is not Neocatechumenal, it is anti-Catholic and anti-Christian.
#WalkWithJesus and always stay close to Jesus in your personal prayer. Your personal relationship with Jesus will safeguard your soul from the evil one.