“Up to now we have done nothing”

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“Up to now, we have done nothing.”

  • Are those the words of Saint Francis of Assisi, who was then crucified? Yes.
  • Are those the words of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who was then crucified? Yes.
  • Are those the words of a young Colombian diocesan priest doing up some advanced studies in Rome, whose affirmation met agreement with the other Colombian priests sitting with us at lunch at our collegio, for they all personally knew fellow priests who had been taken out by drug cartels, Marxist guerrillas, military or paramilitary operators? Yes.

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Is there a difference between a priest who receives the stigmata upon seraphic visitation (I love the irony of that, by the way) and a priest, for instance, who, on his way to providing the last rites to a dying parishioner, knowing the dangers, is instead ambushed by the very ones who, with deception, put in the call? No.

But those are all special circumstances provided by the angels according to the will of the Lord. “Special” means not for everyone. What is for everyone is holiness. And the ordinary means of holiness are keeping up with the Sacraments, prayer, and love of neighbor. But I’ll tell you this, if what you are up to in your life involves both love of God and love of neighbor, the angels will assist you in dying to yourself so as to live in God’s love. That’s true for Francis, Pio, the Colombian priests, all of us. This gives us hope. Hope is important.

Meanwhile, my internet stalker, who has not taken back his ultimatum of all priests in good standing having to resign in protest against Pope Francis (the stalker guy especially shoving this in my face in true stalker fashion) believes that the ordinary means of holiness are impossible for those priests who do not resign in protest against Pope Francis. And so we priests, especially me, are hopeless. There is nothing we priests can do, that I can do, no amount of prayer and piety and all good priestly things, that will appease the internet stalker guy short of resigning in protest against Pope Francis. In fact, all good things like prayer and fasting and almsgiving become, for the internet stalker guy, a kind of hypocritical blasphemy deserving punishment of hell.

This is usual modus operandi of stalkers of religious people. The only solution for them is to stop that which isn’t consonant with their now anti-religious worldview which they may or may not realize they have. Even those who do this kind of thing for a living. Ah well.

It is, instead, Jesus, the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, who will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen. And blessed are those show mercy, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are those who provide hope, for they are given hope. Even internet stalkers, even those who do this for a living, can come to know that love who is truth, that truth who is love. Amen.

Some people say, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Well, yes. But this is no troll. Even he deserves mercy.

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3 responses to ““Up to now we have done nothing”

  1. nancyv

    unless stalker is the devil, just trying to get your goat, then you can let him burn…That was my first thought. On second thought, the devil doesn’t deserve mercy, what love/mercy is shown will just make the fire hotter. 3rd thought, IF NOT the devil, then yes, even the stalker deserves a chance to respond to mercy! You are showing God’s love in many ways through this blog. Done thinking and need to go to confession.

  2. sanfelipe007

    “But those are all special circumstances provided by the angels according to the will of the Lord. “Special” means not for everyone. What is for everyone is holiness. And the ordinary means of holiness are keeping up with the Sacraments, prayer, and love of neighbor.”

    I like this.

    “This is usual modus operandi of stalkers of religious people.”

    I responded to a taunt, by one such as that, with the words of your usual homily ending; “…Jesus, Who loves you so very much.” His reaction to this gentle, loving reply, was such that you would think someone had placed hot coals on his head.

    Thank you, Father, and thanks be to God.

  3. Monica Harris

    “Blessed are those who see the soul in the troll.”

    The Beatitudes, all of them, provide Hope—thanks be to God. (Sometimes the souls are in a “distressing disguise” though)

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