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Pope Francisí sermon for the canonization
http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/04/pope-francis-sermon-for-the-canonization/ ^ | April 27, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 04/27/2014 5:46:32 AM PDT by NYer

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Pope Francis’ sermon for the canonization. Some analysis to follow.

At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus.

He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the day of the resurrection. But Thomas was not there that evening, and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he replied that unless he himself saw and touched those wounds, he would not believe. A week later, Jesus appeared once more to the disciples gathered in the Upper Room, and Thomas was present; Jesus turned to him and told him to touch his wounds. Whereupon that man, so straightforward and accustomed to testing everything personally, knelt before Jesus with the words: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28).

The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. [May I add also that there are hard teachings which we must accept if we are to remain Christians? I have in mind, among others, the Lord's teaching about marriage, to which the Church has] That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us. They are essential for believing in God. Not for believing that God exists, but for believing that God is love, mercy and faithfulness. Saint Peter, quoting Isaiah, writes to Christians: “by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet2:24, cf. Is 53:5). [It is a great mystery that, even through Christ conquered death definitively, once for all time, we still have to die.]

John XXIII and John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. [As Christ said and John Paul famously repeated, "Do not be afraid."] They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother (cf. Is 58:7), because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles. These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.

They were priests, bishops and popes of the twentieth century. [Let us not forget the indignities and sufferings they experienced as children, lay men!] They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother.

In these two men, who looked upon the wounds of Christ and bore witness to his mercy, there dwelt a living hope and an indescribable and glorious joy (1 Pet 1:3,8). The hope and the joy which the risen Christ bestows on his disciples, the hope and the joy which nothing and no one can take from them. The hope and joy of Easter, forged in the crucible of self-denial, self-emptying, utter identification with sinners, even to the point of disgust at the bitterness of that chalice. Such were the hope and the joy which these two holy popes had received as a gift from the risen Lord and which they in turn bestowed in abundance upon the People of God, meriting our eternal gratitude.

This hope and this joy were palpable in the earliest community of believers, in Jerusalem, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles (cf. 2:42-47). It was a community which lived the heart of the Gospel, love and mercy, in simplicity and fraternity.

This is also the image of the Church which the Second Vatican Council set before us. John XXIII and John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries. Let us not forget that it is the saints who give direction and growth to the Church. In convening the Council, John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader. This was his great service to the Church; he was the pope of openness to the Spirit. [Since last July I have been saying that this canonization of the two Popes is also the canonization of the Second Vatican Council.]

In his own service to the People of God, John Paul II was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be remembered as the pope of the family. I am particularly happy to point this out as we are in the process of journeying with families towards the Synod on the family. It is surely a journey which, from his place in heaven, he guides and sustains. [All of you should note that reference to the Synod. I know that the Cardinals and Bishops present heard that.]

May these two new saints and shepherds of God’s people intercede for the Church, so that during this two-year journey toward the Synod she may be open to the Holy Spirit in pastoral service to the family. May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, [NB!] which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.

Some analysis is in order.

First, the sermon was the right length. One could have been tempted to touch too many bases. You cannot do justice to the lives of those two men in a sermon. Less is more.

So, if the sermon really wasn’t about these Popes, what was it about? Rather, what was it also about?

Next, it seems to me that there was carefully woven into this sermon a subtle message about changes that will be proposed at the upcoming Synod which could be a “scandal” to many. On the one hand, many would be tested when the Synod recommends to uphold what we have taught and done for so many centuries. The reaffirmation of the Church’s teaching in clear terms would be hard and a stumbling block for those who have caved into what the world presses us to do in our weakness. On the other hand, were the Synod Fathers to make a recommendation clearly against what the Lord and Church has taught… well… scandal doesn’t begin to paint the picture of what would result.

Francis’ talk about forgiveness underscores my view.

That said, Francis stressed the Synod. He connected these two high voltage figures, as well as the overarching concept of “The Council” to the work of the Synod. Seen in this light, the short sermon didn’t need to focus on the two Popes, because it was really about something else.

 

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: canonization

1 posted on 04/27/2014 5:46:32 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

A few images from the canonization

It is a “four Pope” day.

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The Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints asks the Pope three times in urgent terms to inscribe the names of blesseds in the “album” of the saints.

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There are prayers between the petitions and eventually the Pope does his part.

 

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Relics of the saints are placed on display and venerated.

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Benedict during the Gloria.

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And here is a shot of His Mightiness, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison.

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2 posted on 04/27/2014 5:47:35 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

I’m watching the recording and looking for a live thread. No creepers were up late?


3 posted on 04/27/2014 6:33:03 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat
No creepers were up late?

You mean, early? The canonization was at 3:30 AM. I plan to watch the rebroadcast this evening at 7 pm on EWTN.

4 posted on 04/27/2014 6:39:01 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

Wonderful pictures and thread, NYer!


5 posted on 04/27/2014 6:47:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mercat

Lol. Freepers not creepers.


6 posted on 04/27/2014 6:56:59 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Salvation

Can you bump it?


7 posted on 04/27/2014 6:58:12 AM PDT by Mercat
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8 posted on 04/27/2014 7:25:58 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

BEAUTIFUL photos. Thanks for posting them.


9 posted on 04/27/2014 7:26:33 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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10 posted on 04/27/2014 7:48:56 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

I saw snippets on the news and what came to mind was WWJD.

Jesus would be (is) appalled! Robes and crowns, pomp and circumstance, praising and worshipping “MAN” instead of God.

Luke 13:
25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’

(from Gill’s Exposition)
depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; or “of a lie”, as the Syriac and Persic versions render it: for they were deceitful workers, they professed what they did not from the heart believe; they said they were Christians, but were not, and now are found liars; they only attended on the word and ordinances in an hypocritical way, and trusted in, and depended upon, their outward profession of religion, and subjection to ordinances; and by so doing, instead of working righteousness, wrought iniquity; and so as they did not submit to Christ and his righteousness, they are bid to depart from him, as wicked and unrighteous men, as they were: the word “all” is here used, which is not in Matthew 7:23 which agrees with Psalm 6:8 to which there seems to be a reference, though it is omitted here, in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions; See Gill on Matthew 7:23.

http://biblehub.com/luke/13-27.htm


11 posted on 04/27/2014 7:49:55 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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12 posted on 04/27/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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13 posted on 04/27/2014 7:53:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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14 posted on 04/27/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Actually since I live on west coast I saw it live around 10pm and 12 am last night it was good


15 posted on 04/27/2014 8:32:45 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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A little clip from msn

Kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers from more than 90 countries attended. Some 20 Jewish leaders from the U.S., Israel, Italy, Francis’ native Argentina and Poland were also taking part, in a clear sign of their appreciation for the great strides made in Catholic-Jewish relations under John, John Paul — and their successors celebrating their sainthood.


16 posted on 04/27/2014 8:52:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence in St. Peter's Square of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Never before has a reigning and retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.

17 posted on 04/27/2014 9:03:58 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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“His Mightiness, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison.”

Please tell me that title is satire...


18 posted on 04/27/2014 9:09:34 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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19 posted on 04/27/2014 10:50:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: faucetman

SPOILSPORT


20 posted on 04/27/2014 11:18:31 AM PDT by PraiseTheLord (have you seen the fema camps, shackle box cars, thousands of guillotines, stacks of coffins ~)
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To: faucetman; Salvation
Jesus would be (is) appalled! Robes and crowns, pomp and circumstance, praising and worshipping “MAN” instead of God.

Worshiping MAN? Perhaps in the snippets you missed, is this one.

The pope is holding in his hands, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. They are worshiping God, not man. The priests were dressed in vestments, as commanded by God. There's nothing unscriptural about vestments. God commanded that they be used in the Old Testament. Look at Exodus 28:2:

For your brother Aaron you will make sacred vestments to give dignity and magnificence. You will instruct all the skilled men, whom I have endowed with skill, to make Aaron's vestments for his consecration to my priesthood. These are the vestments which they must make: a pectoral, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered tunic, a turban, and a belt. They must make sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons, for them to be priests in my service. They will use gold and violet material, red-purple and crimson, and finely woven linen.

Nothing in the New Testament requires abolition of priestly vestments. Our Lord attacked the Jewish leaders for a number of sins, but he never condemned their priestly garb.

21 posted on 04/27/2014 11:43:49 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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Jesus would be (is) appalled! Robes and crowns, pomp and circumstance

Didn't Jesus take Temple worship, and the accompanying "pomp and circumstance," seriously?

And Temple worship, with the Ark of the Covenant reserved in the Holy of Holies, was a type for Christian worship, with the Body and Blood of Christ reserved in the church's tabernacle.

If "pomp and circumstance" was appropriate for Temple worship, it would certainly be appropriate for Christian worship.

22 posted on 04/27/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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http://biblehub.com/exodus/31-10.htm


23 posted on 04/27/2014 12:04:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
24 posted on 04/27/2014 12:58:48 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: faucetman

Remember that on your next birthday.


25 posted on 04/27/2014 1:03:03 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Simply put, Jesus is very, very happy today that two saints of God, their title(s) as saints is NOW offical, what people have KNOWN for years that both John XXIII and John Paul II are both SAINTS. This gives witness to the good news of the Gospel as witness to those who are non-believers and for believers, a call to holiness in life.


26 posted on 04/27/2014 1:20:40 PM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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27 posted on 04/27/2014 2:19:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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28 posted on 04/27/2014 2:43:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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29 posted on 04/27/2014 2:56:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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