I haven’t been able to blog much, but that’s not because I’ve been smacked down by Pope Francis. I only say that because sometimes that’s what people think when I’ve not posted for a while. Our Lord has put many things in my path that need priestly attention.
That cut-out of Pope Francis is at a mission of the neighboring parish where I was at for a funeral the other day, a 50 mile round trip over a few serious mountain ranges. I think they got the cut-out from the Eucharistic Congress. I had the great privilege and honor of being able to sacramentally assist the gentleman who died, many times in fact. They weren’t far from Shootin’ Creek. I love that name. Anyway, he was a 4th degree K of C, as am I, and a large crowd of the Knights were there. What a wonderful family.
I miss not keeping up with the blog. Writing is a kind of exam of conscience for me, or helps me figure out things, whether daily events in my life, or philosophical, moral, religious, or political, or, coming up, some psychological questions. It’s also a way to vent, to rant, which is a good way to let off steam, but hopefully with at least a bit more reflection than if I were to keep things bottled up, and that’s doubly true for writing in my own name without a pseudonym.
Meanwhile, I greatly appreciate how the Amazon Synod turned out. There are still a lot of questions, blah blah blah, but I’ll take the good where I can find it. I think that’s part of what Pope Francis is up to. I think Saint Thomas Aquinas paved the way for such a modus agendi. It’s politically incorrect, to be sure, as the ultra-self-righteous say that even an Aquinas is absolutely to be condemned because “he shouldn’t have baptized Aristotle” [sic]. The Common Doctor’s method of taking up truth where he can find it is certainly the most reasonable way to reflect on the past, live in the present, and prepare for the future. I recall that he would dictate to his many secretaries, and while they were busy catching up, he would run off to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel only to return for another round of dictation and running off to the Blessed Sacrament. I’m thinking he set a good example for us with his piety and his academics.
I still pray for Pope Francis and ask that others do so. I believe this is our duty to be in solidarity with the Holy Father. That doesn’t mean that we agree with everything he says, but that we pray that he is personally close to God and that such be reflected in his pontificate. And that’s a good thing, right? Jesus is the One. The only One. Knowing that makes this priest a happy priest.