December 2, 2014

The Assurance of Salvation by Pope Francis


"All of us will be up there together, all of us!"


So...I read in the above headline that it is no longer necessary for me to pay too much attention to how I live. I can pretty much do what I want, revert back to my 60's radical self - "it's all about me" and "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and "this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius". All dogs go to heaven and all that, don'tcha ya know. I don't know how I could have believed all that "Crypto-Lefebvrian" babble. I thought I was someone special, that I needed to pray, fast, give alms, be charitable, Love Christ, pray to Our Lady, Love my brother, "...etcetera, etcetera, etcetera..." (as Yul Brynner said in one of his most famous movie roles.) My whole life has just been reduced to an "etcetera". <sigh> But, the good side is:

I'M GONG TO HEAVEN! YEAH!!! MY SALVATION IS ASSURED!!! YEAH!!!!! NO MORE NEED FOR CONFESSION!!! TRIPLE YEAH!!!!

Ah...but wait! Au contraire, Mon Ami. 

What do we do about these nasty, unkind and - let's face it - uncharitable words spoken by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as written by His friends, the Apostles - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - who heard them from Our Lord's own lips:

Matthew 7:13
Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.
Matthew 20:16
So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

Matthew 19:24
And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mark 10:25
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luke 18:25
For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

John 6:44
No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him; and I will raise him up in the last day.

John 6:66
And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father.

Matthew 5:20
For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3
And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:23
Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 6:1
Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.


I am confused...which one of the two is right?

Do I believe the Son of God? The Redeemer of Mankind? The Way, The Truth, The Life?

Or do I believe His Vicar on Earth, a mere mortal like myself, capable of sin and error, stained with original sin, who only is free from error when he speaks ex cathedra, but at all other times is fully capable of errors in thought, word and action?


Prayer for the Pope

From A Catholic Prayer Book

V. Let us pray for N., the Pope.

R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.

V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.

R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.

Let us pray. O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, N., whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.




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