A dear friend, a stage four cancer patient (not in my diocese), texted me this:
“I was refused Holy Communion on the tongue and was told to step away. Only a few were in masks and not the priest. Can he do this? Thx and Prayers”
This is when you need to ask a priest why he is a priest, and what exactly it is that he is going to tell Jesus when he stands before Jesus to be judged for kicking Jesus’ Little Flock away.
I have done this a number of times, leaving such priests speechless. Am I really the only one who has reprimanded them in this way?
A filthy liberal priest kicking anyone away from Holy Communion who is in good standing with the Church and who has very proper manners, who is elderly and has a terminal but non-communicable disease, humiliating that person in front of the entire congregation, causing scandal – because they are left to guess why this person has been publicly denied – is to subject this person to abuse of power, much as is had in a violent assault and rape. Truly, casting aside someone properly disposed and properly presenting at an appropriate time and manner for reception of a Sacrament reminds me of the abuse of power of, say, a secular judge who abuses his power so as to assault and rape the vulnerable. I wish more priests would be Al Pacino for his opening statement in “And Justice for All”. That’s another film I never saw, but this scene is one of the greatest in cinematic history:
Thanks, mom (RIP 1994), for making me go see this just released film just some months after I was ordained a priest. I was wondering why she was so insistent, that is, until I watched this scene unfold on the silver screen. That’s it! Honesty and integrity. That’s what she wanted to see in any priest. It’s what Jesus wants to see with any of His priests. That’s some good encouragement right there. Great. So, let’s see an analogy:
Jesus: “I’m here to tell you this priest’s soul is intact. It’s non-negotiable. You know how I know? Someone here – and you know who that is – offered to buy it. Only this, My good priest here, wasn’t selling.”
Liberal bishop: “Jesus, you are out of order!”
Jesus: “Outta order? I’ll show you outta order! You don’t know what outta order is, you liberal bishop! I’d show you but you’re too old; you’re too tired; you’re too blind. I should take a FLAME-THROWER to this place! Outta order? Who do you think you’re talkin’ to? I’ve been around, you know. I have seen men like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn’t nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit; there is no prosthetic for that.”
Here’s the deal: Good priests want to protect the littlest of the brethren of Jesus’ Little Flock, at whatever cost to themselves. The little ones, in the womb, Jesus’ image, with whom Jesus identifies (what you have done to the least of these you have done to me) are getting their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. How can good priests do less? We must defend life against, say, the vaccine mandate, NOT getting the vaccine and instructing others about NOT getting the vaccine. Why’s that? Because big pharma has abandoned guinea pigs, gerbils, rats, mice, rhesus monkeys, etc., for research and/or development and/or testing of vaccines, and are now murdering fully developed healthy human beings to do this research and/or development and/or testing of vaccines. No one has the right to take such a vaccine just to pretend they’re going to save their own lives in this world for a few minutes. Murder for hire for self-benefit. Not good. This is said in religious terms, but it applies to everyone. It’s Natural Law: Don’t murder the innocent! Directly procured abortion is murder of the innocent, a mortal sin, that, which – all things being equal – will send those participating in such a heinous murder straight to hell, regardless of whether they think there is a hell or not.
Liberal bishop, having failed with Jesus, attacks the priest: “We might be fined $14,000 just for you if you don’t comply! We can’t have ‘that kind of thing going on’ you stupid priest!”
So, thirty pieces of silver is now equal to $14,000, about four times as much as in biblical times. What a temptation to take to one’s grave! Oooo! $14,000 in hell. I wonder what that will buy you in hell. Judas, eagerly wanting to find out, immediately hung himself in the Field of Blood, Gehenna, Hell, to proudly present his money to Satan. How do you think that worked out?
Language! But know this, my mom made me go see this film right after it came out, after dad died and not long before she died.
She never said why, but I’m sure it’s about this speech on integrity. She didn’t want me to ever have an amputated spirit, “because there’s no prosthetic for that.”
I’ve been writing about freedom and μολὼν λαβέ recently. I’ve been seeing way too many amputated spirits, good people, but they’ve drunk the Kool-Aid: “They’re taking our freedoms! Boo hoo!” Never say that! Enough of that! Where’s all the brainwashing coming from? Say: μολὼν λαβέ! And never give up.
We can’t rest on our laurels. Things are changing too fast. Instead of bragging, our hero in the clip above confesses that he never made the best choice. Confession. There’s integrity in that.
There’s no one who enjoys freedom more with integrity than the one who humbly recognizes that he’s been enslaved to a too high opinion of himself.