Francis’ Own Humble Abode, And A Couple Of Considerations

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'Umble. Very 'umble... ‘Umble. Very ‘umble…

I wonder if this Marco Tosatti article would have made for a good inspiration for a show in the style of MTV “Cribs” where, instead of the ear-ringed rap singer impossible to understand (no’ wha’ I’m say’? yo!) you get the somewhat more stylish, humble abode of His Humbleness himself.

I have already written about the fact that with Francis’ occupation of vast space (one entire floor, it seems; it makes sense, for security reasons) within the Domus Sanctae Marthae, rooms are taken away from the usual hotel guests, whilst the papal apartments are obviously (and let us hope no one gives Francis the idea) not given to illegal immigrants trying to introduce themselves into Italy through some shitty boat. But this here is different, because it exposes the hypocrisy of the “humble man” thinking in its minutest details.

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Posted on June 27, 2015, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. sixlittlerabbits

    I missed this post the first time around. It calls to mind Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, who was looking to relocate from the Abbey of Gethsemani because he no longer had privacy at his hermitage on the monastery grounds. One very hot Kentucky day, he was sitting on his very hot porch in a state of undress when some uninvited and unexpected lay visitors appeared. They had gained access through a large hole in the monastery fence. (This is recorded in one of Merton’s published journals.)

    Some simple bunny–well acquainted with rabbit holes–might ask: “Why not repair the hole to spare Merton further invasions of privacy? Was it really necessary for Merton to research moving to coastal California or Alaska for privacy?. Maybe he wanted relief from the hot Kentucky summers?

    Here is the answer found in Merton’s published journals: If Merton asked that the hole in the fence be repaired, he would no longer be able to exit the monastery through that same hole. He did this frequently to make secret visits (behind the abbot’s back) to the homes of friendly locals to chat and drink–preferably something alcoholic.

    Merton must have enjoyed these illegal exits into the “world,” as he complained when one friend withdrew the welcome to his house. Merton conjectured that the former friend did this because someone had informed him Merton’s visits were not approved by or known to the abbot. Merton was not hung up about the fine points of his vow of obedience

    Shades of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and now, perhaps, Pope Francis.

  2. sixlittlerabbits

    Mundabor, I forgot to add that Merton managed to have an affair with a willing 25-year-old student nurse while he was also living as a “hermit” on the grounds of Gethsemani. He would phone her from the monastery and get rides to see her from his friends or visitors. Once Merton’s psychiatrist allowed him to meet the girlfriend in his medical office (Merton records in his journals that this was the one time that he and his girlfriend went “too far” sexually). Then the psychiatrist came to his senses and advised Merton to end the relationship–which Merton did in his own sweet time.

    As a writer first (Merton’s own description of himself), Merton’s repentance did not prevent him sending his publisher the poems written to his girlfriend, which were published in a slim and pricey volume after Merton’s death as “Forty Poems.”

  3. “Don’t be so humble. You’re not that great!.” Goldermeir, ex prime Minister of Israel.

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