Many people have said it before throughout history that ‘history repeats itself’. After reading many articles and magazines it is more true now than ever. The latest most intriguing of such is the TIME magazine about Pope Francis and the church. Very good timing considering the fact that we just had an incident at a ‘church’.
These sayings do stem from a catholic perspective I assume, but more christians seem to follow it also:
Jesus’s three questions to Peter about love are followed by three commands: feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Let us not forget that authentic power is service, and that the pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service that marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Mathew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and those in prison. Only those who serve with love are able to protect!!
Pollock Pines Community Church DID NONE OF THIS! They ostrisized us. Blasphemied us. this is not the way a church should behave. Though Pastor Eric apologized, my husband still sits in county jail awaiting trial for this. It will make for a good show. March 13th, 2013 in Dept. 2, 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse over by the library.
Jesus never gave up on Peter. He forgave Peter his human impulses and showed us that God the Father would always do the same.
Saul, would storm into private houses to seize Jesus-followers and turn them over to jailers, “breathing out threatenings and slaughters against the disciples.”
An American might understand the Vatican as the Catholic White House. But it is so much older – and the Church is so much older than our democracy – and what it has represented at twists and turns in the story expalins much, and adds to our appreciation of Francis’s Church.
Born Rodrigo de Borja y Doms in Spain, Alexander VI, the Borgia pope whose tenure lasted from 1492 to 1503, has become a signature figure for lust, avarice and nepotism in the Church. His papacy was corrupt from the start, having been achieved by bribe. When chests full of gold were observed in transit from the Borgia palazzo to Crdinal Sforza’s on the morning following Rodrigo’s election, Roman cynics began to smile. Only in his death did Alexander come to justice. Contempory chroniclers said he succumbed to poison after dining at the villa of Adriano Cardinal de Corneto; it seems that Alexander accidently drank from a tainted cup he had intended for his host.
From John Paul’s roster, a few stand out, three because of th celebrity—or notoriety— that had accrued to their names, others because they were victims of, or heroes in the face of, the tyrannies or cruel inequities that have haunted modern times.
“THEY WHO WANT TO WIN THE WORLD FOR CHRIST MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO COME INTO CONFLICT WITH IT!!!”