If You Are Sad You Have Strayed From Jesus, Says Pope.

At least he would be funny...

One of the most shallow aspects of an already extremely shallow Pope is his insistence on joy at all costs.

It goes so far, that we are now informed that sadness would, and I kid you not, indicate we are “far from Christ” (commentary) and have “strayed from Jesus” (his very words).

One wonders what Francis would have told to the Blessed Virgin, whose sorrows were certainly very real and always with her; though I wonder whether she ever was, ahem, far from Christ. Try growing a Child, Divine as He is, and to know that that very gentle toddler playing with the sand will one day be atrociously vilified, tortured and executed in the most brutal of ways, and tell me how joyful you are. This is, of course, only an example, though I am sure an example with which every mother will be able to relate.

With his slowly unbearable rhetoric of joy, Francis does not only downplay the suffering of the Blessed Virgin; he downplays the suffering of countless people (mothers and fathers most especially) whose life is a vale of tears, and who will, in most cases, not find much consolation in the “kindergarten animator” rhetoric of the Pope.

Where I come from – and we Italians are, God knows, a bunch of rather optimistic, sunny, cheerful people – it was common knowledge that sadness must be respected in others, not vilified in such a way. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance, stays in the Ecclesiastes. What kind of strange novelties is Francis spreading?

Francis must have had a very sheltered existence, with a safe occupation since his late Twenties, in order to have forgotten the daily cares of the people around him, and in particular the constant preoccupation of a father and a mother for the material and spiritual well-being of their loved ones.

Here, a father has lost his job; there, a son cannot find one; elsewhere, people who have promised to each other long for the minimum of security allowing them to marry, and pray God for better times. In many places, mothers and wives tremble to their last breath for the spiritual welfare and the eternal destiny of their dissolute or unbelieving sons and husbands; In many places, people have to leave their parents and friends and move to another country in pursue of a better existence in a fairer world, where opportunities will be provided by their own ability rather than from party affiliation, or from a network of influential relatives. Ask the mother so deprived of her son if she is sad, or her son; or ask me, because I am that son. I who still have so many reasons to be cheerful, that others don't have. I who am healthy, smart, and graced with a good job and good friends.

Has the Peruvian peasant, has the Brazilian cleaning lady no right to be sad? What does Francis think life is? When was last time he was afraid for the welfare (spiritual, or otherwise) of his dear ones? Has he never thought he was being tested beyond his own strength, and asked God in tears to give him the strength he fears he does not have? Has he never thrown himself at the feet of the Blessed Virgin, and cried his very heart out to her? How shallow for him to underplay, to even vilify and insult the weakness of those who suffer, and cry, and see no way out.

“Strayed from Jesus”. Who made this man Pope?

I was always told by the smart people in my life that this life is a place of fleeting joys, and perpetually unfulfilled hopes. A vale of tears, not an amusement park. Certainly, I do draw a great consolation from knowing that one day this disappointing circus will have an end, and I will – if God wills – reach the land where there is no sadness and no fear, no broken dreams and no shattered hopes, and happiness beyond dreams in God's presence. But to see sadness around us and not to be moved to compassion, rather than accusations, we must be very cynical people; people who have forgotten what real sorrow is, and do not have much goodness in their hearts.

I have also read – and found very well said – that sorrow and trouble help us to detach ourselves from the illusions of this world, and to long for an infinitely better existence. I can't imagine one good Christian who wasn't made a better man through his sadness, through his suffering, through his tears. Blessed tears, say I, and blessed sadness!

Compare, if you please, with Francis' mediocre, party-like motivational attempts. Of course, one understands he wants, in that shallow way of his, to “help”; but it happens very often with this man that he cannot help without being insulting, or without forgetting traditional Catholic piety, or both. And this happens because he has no Catholicism in his head, and no manners in his ways.

He says to you you have a “flight assistant smile” if your smile is not quite after his liking, and what flight assistants have done to him will remain forever unknown; to encourage people not to gossip he compares gossip to homicide, thus indicting of homicide-like behaviour pretty much all of the female population to varying degrees; if you count rosaries for him, he will vilify you; if you have “doctrinal certainties” he considers “excessive” (what a stupid, oxymoronic thing to say!) he will put you among the Pharisees; heck, even if you are sad he will tell you you have “strayed from Christ”…

However could the people in Buenos Aires cope with such poppicock for so long? Is it a surprise many of them (wrongly, indeed!) are then tempted to look elsewhere, where Christianity isn't considered a joyful flavour of Judaism?

This man is a nightmare. It's like having Steve Martin as Pope, without the fun.

I must, and will, be sad every day thinking of what has become of the Papacy, and at what Bergoglio – and probably a couple at least of his successors – will do to the Church. I am even sadder at clearly seeing that this scourge is God's punishment for our unbelief, our rebellion to simple rules, our demand that the prosperous world born of WWII have its cake and eat it, enjoying material prosperity and guilt-free licence with priestly approval.

All of it (the prosperity, the licence, and the priestly approval) punctually happened. Until the Modernist chicken came home to roost.

Mundabor

 

Posted on December 17, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I wonder more and more how such a man can become bishop, cardinal and at least pope.
    There must also have been a great lack of guidiance by the argentinian Jesuits.
    The Jesuits were not able to find the place were Jorge Bergoglio belongs.

    But on the other side the cardinals have elected him, very, very quickly.
    How could they have been so blind?

  2. “Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:5 “Do thee do we cry, mourning and weeping in this vale/valley of tears” Hail Holy Queen. Our Pope lacks critical thinking (intellect) informed by faith. God bless~

    • I know it in a longer version, maggycast
      To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
      to thee do we send up our sighs,
      mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

      I pray this prayer every day (Rosary) and the “vale of tears” immediately came to my mind.
      Francis thinks it bad to pray “by rote”, and as a result forgets Catholicism.

      M

  3. Francis the ‘ I am so humble’ pope star is basing Catholicism on what he believes. Most saints became saints through sorrow. How can one meditate day and night as the saints most certainly did, feel joyous with our Precious Lord crucified on the Cross ? Francis is loved by the world so he is feeling joyous and all pious! Francis is even loved by the Sodomites! Gay Rights Mag: Pope Francis ‘Person of the Year’. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/12/16/Pope-Francis-Same-Sex-Marriage-Opponent-Named-Person-of-the-Year-By-Gay-Rights-Mag

  4. Did this guy pass Catholicism 101? Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, but Joy is a state ob being rather than an emotional super high…Sadness is of course temporary and is apart of us. If someone’s being forced to listen to a Justin Bieber album, I’m pretty sure they’re going to be sad (or tortured)..As I’ve been saying from the beginning, may his pontificate be short, and Cardinal Burke or Ranjith take his office.

  5. Dear Holy Father…I need your advice…since you probably read Fundie-Mundie, I need your pastoral consideration and care…

    1.) My wife is diabetic, on the kidney transplant list…has high blood pressure…has diabetic nerve damage…and, believe it or not Holy Father, she also has vitiligo….she is VERY depressed…she cries constantly…she is in severe pain and is not joyful. Dear Holy Father, is she going to go to Hell because she’s depressed as a result of her Cross? Please advise…
    2.) Also, Holy Father, since my wife is so sad and obviously isn’t much of a Catholic…can I divorce her and get an annulment? Dear Holy Father, could I direct YOU as my pastoral care giver to expedite the paper work?

    Many thanks, Dear Holy Father, as I know you wouldn’t want me to be married to a sad sack horrible Christian.

    Lio! Forward!

  6. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say when he finds out that Bishop Fellay is initiating a 5-million Rosary Crusade, starting January 1st. It’s not specifically directed towards Pope Francis (although it might as well be), but it is for a return to tradition within the Church, in addition to implore from the Immaculate Heart of Mary a special protection for the traditional apostolate and for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the consecration of Russia. Counting Rosaries….nasty people.

    • Thanks Elizabeth, I will not fail top report about the initiative and the way of participation (may we, the laity, also participate?).

      That would be beautiful.

      Starting from the “counting”, of course…

      M

  7. Thank you for this, Mundabor. It is so beautifully written, so profound and true, and every word seemed written for me today. God bless you!

  8. If Bergoglio is the answer, it must be a very stupid question!

  9. Wow…he actually said this…oh, well…we did not expect him or the world to really understand victim souls and their callings did we? I know that there can be a type of joy even in the midst of the deepest suffering if one knows how to unite one’s anguish with the anguish that Jesus Christ Himself suffered at least beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane, but probably for His whole life, since, as God, He know what was going to happen to Him…So was Jesus far from Himself then when He was suffering for us? Or was He most fully Himself on the Cross suffering for us as God in Human form? Are we not most fully human and being sanctified when we are suffering with and for Him for the Salvation of Souls?

    But, oh, I forgot, pope francis does not seem to be that interested in the salvation of souls, just sayin….

    • Oh, I think his perspective is the contrary one. Jesus suffered, so whatever Providence throws at us we must not be sad. The “don’t worry, be happy” papacy. Yes, the entire concept of uniting one’s suffering to the Cross escapes him. Catholicism escapes him.

      As to salvation, he seems to believe Christ dies on the cross, so the job is done and it isn’t clear what the pope’s job is anyway. Everyone is saved, from the buddy Rabbi to the atheists to the infidels sacrificing animals or making strange rituals. All works of the holy Ghost, you know.

      M

  10. Maybe the Gospels got it wrong. Maybe on the cross Jesus sang “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” like at the end of “The Life of Brian”…

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