Quote or Joke of the Day:
“I would have made a good Pope.” (Richard M. Nixon)
I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. (NAB Jer 3:15)
What an awesome verse for Catholics. In the Old Testament, I found proof for the succession of the Apostles to our current pope: Pope Benedict XVI. There are plenty of such verses in the New Testament, but I love that I found this one in the OT. The Catholic Church had been started with the first Eucharist, and that Eucharist has continued uninterrupted, through a line from Jesus to the Apostles, and through their successors: the bishops and Pope. No other Christian congregation can rightly claim this same succession.
Jesus, the true shepherd; ruled wisely, prudently, and with compassion. The image we see often in paintings is with His heart exposed. Why? It proves that He was MAN, as well as divine. Jesus gave this same heart and body to reclaim His people. The compassion, wisdom, and piety continues through the bishops and Pope by way of the Holy Spirit. These men, as is published often in the news, may be susceptible to the evils of free-will; but when teaching the faith, in union with the Magisterium, do so without error. The Holy Spirit can do no wrong, for He and not man, is perfect.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #5:
Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity. The faith of St. Francis, who often said, “I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except His most holy body and blood,” should be the inspiration and pattern of their Eucharistic life.