Skip to comments.Ignore 'Prophets of Doom' Predicting End of Religious Life, Pope Says
Posted on 02/05/2013 9:11:03 AM PST by marshmallow
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI asked nuns, brothers and priests not to listen to the "prophets of doom" who say that consecrated life has no future or that it has no meaning in today's world.
"Do not join the prophets of doom who proclaim the end or the lack of meaning of consecrated life in today's church; rather clothe yourselves with Jesus Christ and put on the armor of light ... remaining awake and vigilant," Pope Benedict told consecrated virgins and men and women who belong to religious orders.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with the religious Feb. 2, marking the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day for Consecrated Life.
In a darkened St. Peter's Basilica, 50 superiors of men's and women's orders carried lighted candles and processed into the church before Pope Benedict, who rode in on a mobile platform carrying his own candle.
The special Mass also marked the Year of Faith. In previous years, Pope Benedict observed the feast day either by leading evening prayer with the religious or joining them after a Mass celebrated by the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
With thousands of consecrated men and women filling St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said he wanted to ask three things of the world's religious during the Year of Faith.
First, he said, they should meditate on that "'first love' with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your hearts, not to be nostalgic, but to fan that flame."
"To do this, you must spend time with him, in the silence of adoration, and then you will reawaken the desire and the joy of sharing his life, his choices, his obedience of faith" and "the radical nature of his love," the....
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I really have enjoyed watching the Big C catholic churches efforts to settle the theological divide between islam and Christianity. Ignoring God's Word, which warned all Christians to never accept any 'new prophet' that follows behind Jesus's Book of Revelation. Don't you find islams mention of the Patriarchs, Mary and the Lord Jesus much too contrived for your liking? I do!
Within seeker evangelical Protestant circles, we have our own hugely successful heretics. The Saddleback pastor has teamed up with the big C catholic church and islam to create a final insult and abomination. They call it 'chrislam' ( isn't that catchy? ) It must somehow fit into satans official End Times apostasy battleplan.
I don't understand why the pope, the Big C catholic church, or the Saddleback dude etc, don't turn to the Bible and comprehend the obvious; God is holy. Holiness means separated, or the set apart ones.
The call of salvation goes out to all men, but few find it and refine it unto holiness. The process unto sanctification is the only way Home to the Father. Any other call to a Christian turns out to be apostasy.
'be you holy, for I am holy'
Flame away apostates!