The ecclesiastical equivalent of the frustrated father who, in desperation and as a last resort, goes to the trouble of organizing a job for his unemployed, wastrel teenage son.
posted on 05/23/2006 9:36:56 AM PDT
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Scriptural Basis for the Devotion
Jesus, who is one with the Father (cf. John 10, 30), invites his disciples to live in close communion with him, to model their lives on him and on his teaching. He, in turn, reveals himself as "meek and humble of heart" (Mt 11, 29). It can be said that, in a certain sense, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a cultic form of the prophetic and evangelic gaze of all Christians on him who was pierced (cf. John 19, 37; Zac 12, 10), the gaze of all Christians on the side of Christ, transfixed by a lance, and from which flowed blood and water (cf. John 19, 34), symbols of the "wondrous sacrament of the Church"(St. Augustine).
The Gospel of St. John recounts the showing of the Lord's hands and his side to the disciples (cf. John 20,20), and of his invitation to Thomas to put his hand into his side (cf. John 20, 27). This event has also had a notable influence on the origin and development of the Church's devotion to the Sacred Heart.
These and other texts present Christ as the paschal Lamb, victorious and slain (cf. Apoc 5,6). They were objects of much reflection by the Fathers who unveiled their doctrinal richness. They invited the faithful to penetrate the mysteries of Christ by contemplating the wound opened in his side. Augustine writes: "Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood".
posted on 05/23/2006 9:57:24 AM PDT
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True. But I think the Pope is also doing something very profound, which is gently reminding them of their roots. Maybe this is the carrot...we shall see what the stick turns out to be at the Jebbies general assembly when Kolvenbach retires.
posted on 05/23/2006 10:04:42 AM PDT
what? not enneagrams?
LOL! I know those people ...
posted on 05/23/2006 11:22:39 AM PDT
(Knights of Columbus martyrs of Mexico, pray for us! Viva Cristo Rey!)
A week before Easter the best Jesuit I have ever met, Fr. Lawrence McCraffery, retired from my former parish (I moved at the end of last month). At 72 he asked if he could serve at a parish instead of retiring to an old priests home.
For the last 14 years he has been blessing St. Anastasia's parish with his wisdom. He would say the twice weekly evening Masses. He heard confession 3 times a week. He had two different bible study classes. He would go say morning Mass for the nuns twice a week (at their house, so the elderly sisters did not have to leave their home early in the morning, to hear mass, on cold winter mornings)
He joked with all of us, had a very dry sense of humor, loved to encourage people to go to confession and adore the Eucharist.
Four weeks before Easter he stopped saying public Masses because his illness was effecting his balance, and he thought he might cause disrespect to the Sacred Body or Precious Blood. He cared for people and he cared for learning and teaching. He was and is what I was taught a priest should be.
When I hear people talking about how the Jesuits are not following the Magisteria and have gone all soft with social justice not true love of God, I think of Fr. McCraffrey, and I am puzzled how the Jesuits could turn out such a stellar example of a priest if they have truly gone to the dogs.
posted on 05/23/2006 2:19:55 PM PDT
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