Father Stefan reflects ‘Joy of the Gospel’ A Mission Embodied withing Human Limits

Pope Francis writes, “For those who long for a monolithic body of doctrine guarded by all and leaving no room for nuance, this might appear as undesirable and leading to confusion. But in fact such variety serve to bring out and develop different facets of the inexhaustible riches of the Gospel..The deposit of the faith is one thing…the way it is expressed is another.”

Cantalamessa wrote in his book, ‘The Ascent of Mount Sinai’, “St Thomas Aquinas laid down the great principle: ‘Faith doesn’t have a proposition as its terms, but a reality.’ When the formulae of faith – including those most solemn ones, the dogmas – start being handed down and accepted for their own sake, without their opening every time, like doors, to give access to the living reality of God and Jesus Christ, when they, so be speak become fossilized, we arrive at formalism, which is the equivalent of ideology among practising Christians. The formulae about God becomes what is often the idea of God.” 

It is possible to know the creed by heart and not know the Living God. The creed is the beginning of faith not the end. The creed is meant to be a sign post that leads to an encounter with the Living God. Jesus appeared to St Thomas near the end of his life and said to him, “Thomas you have written well of me what can I give you.” Thomas answered, “I want only You.” after this experience Thomas throw all his writing into the fire and said. “All I have written is straw.” 

Pope Francis writes, “Saint Thomas Aquinas pointed out that the precepts which Christ and the apostles gave to the people of God ‘are very few.’ Citing Saint Augustine, he noted that the precepts subsequently enjoined by the Church should be insisted upon with moderation ‘so as not to burden the lives of the faithful’ and to make our religion a form of servitude whereas ‘God’s Mercy has willed that we should be free.” 

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mat 11; 27-30)

 St Louis De Montfort encouraged us to ask Jesus to dip our crosses in honey. When Jesus dips our crosses in honey our crosses become sweet.

 

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