Pope Francis Ignites Another Controversy?

Or did he? [ See bold printed section of quote, below. ]



Francis: “Let us seek the silence that guards our relationship with God”

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope stressed that we cannot publicise the mystery of the journey that a person walks with God, the mystery of our salvation

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At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Pope Francis urged faithful to be silent, like Mary, because only silence guards the mystery of our relationship with the Lord. “May the Lord give all of us the grace to love the silence,” which needs to be guarded from publicity Francis prayed.

“In the history of salvation, neither in the clamour nor in the blatant, but the shadows and the silence are the places in which God chose to reveal himself to humankind,” the Pope said according to Vatican Radio’s report. “The imperceptible reality from which his mystery, from time to time, took visible form, took flesh. The Pope’s reflections were inspired by the Annunciation, which was today’s Gospel reading, in particular the passage in which the angel tells Mary that the power of the Most High would “overshadow” her. The shadow, which has almost the same quality as the cloud, with which God protected the Jews in the desert. The Lord always took care of the mystery and hid the mystery. He did not publicize the mystery. A mystery that publicizes itself is not Christian; it is not the mystery of God: it is a fake mystery! And this is what happened to Our Lady, when she received her Son: the mystery of her virginal motherhood is hidden. It is hidden her whole life! And she knew it. This shadow of God in our lives helps us to discover our own mystery: the mystery of our encounter with the Lord, our mystery of our life’s journey with the Lord. Each of us knows how mysteriously the Lord works in our hearts, in our souls. And what is the cloud, the power, the way the Holy Spirit covers our mystery? This cloud in us, in our lives is called silence: the silence is exactly the cloud that covers the mystery of our relationship with the Lord, of our holiness and of our sins. This mystery that we cannot explain. But when there is no silence in our lives, the mystery is lost, it goes away. Guarding the mystery with silence! That is the cloud, that is the power of God for us, that is the strength of the Holy Spirit,” Francis said.

“The Mother of Jesus was the perfect icon of silence,” the Pope pointed out. “From the proclamation of her exceptional maternity at Calvary. The Pope said he thinks about “how many times she remained quiet and how many times she did not say that which she felt in order to guard the mystery of her relationship with her Son,” up until the most raw silence “at the foot of the cross. The Gospel does not tell us anything: if she spoke a word or not… She was silent, but in her heart, how many things told the Lord! ‘You, that day, this and the other that we read, you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I see him there!’ Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!’ John Paul II would say this, speaking about Our Lady in that moment. But she, with her silence, hid the mystery that she did not understand and with this silence allowed for this mystery to grow and blossom in hope.”

“Silence is that which guards the mystery,” for which the mystery “of our relationship with God, of our journey, of our salvation cannot be… publicized,” the Pope repeated once again before ending the mass.

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10 comments on “Pope Francis Ignites Another Controversy?

  1. Was this merely legitimate interpretive inquiry under the umbrella of speculative mystical discourse, or something more?

  2. If silence is the answer, perhaps the pope should put into practice his own words. Our Blessed Mother knew that Jesus would, indeed, accomplish all that had been foretold for Him but, first, would have to suffer and die to achieve it. To imply that Blessed Mother would even think of this lying scenario is over the top. Typical modernist balderdash IMO.

  3. Maybe the pope follows our media. Clearly Rush Limbaugh “lives rent free” in his head (to borrow a phrase). Is this latest in response to the Duck Dynasty blowup?

    On the Duck thing, I was going to recommend Phil Robertson for the episcopate!

    • I hear ya, Cyprian. I was just musing on how things might go if ol’ Phil was elected Prez of the USCCCP? It might make their conferences a whole lot more fun to watch! ( Certainly, Tiny Tim Dolan would feel right at home with the “feeding chuckle” ? )

  4. Our Lady was human; but the Pope seems to forget that she was born without original sin.

  5. Mary knew full well what her Son’s Mission was without doubt. Would not have Jesus with His pure love for his Mother not have prepared her and made her aware even if that revelation wasn’t provided her in advance? This coming from the mouth of a pope? It’s pure nonsense!

  6. perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!

    Nonsense, yes. But it’s deceitful on the part of Pope Francis, S.J. In fact, it’s disgusting. He’s projecting his mentor’s, de Lubac S.J., and his own incredulity on the Queen of Heaven! de Lubac taught that the Faith was a mass of contradictions, which he called paradoxes. A Modernist and evolutionist, he couldn’t believe Genesis. Obviously, neither does Francis. Ratzinger was of the same evolutionist mind, too, just like Teilhard S.J. Those S.J. guys!

    About 20 years ago I made the mistake of going to the Boston cathedral for some Holy Week service with sermons on Our Lord’s last words. As Cdl. Law was hearing confessions on the side of the stage sanctuary, the rector of St. John’s Seminary spoke on the words “My God, why hast Thou forsaken me.” He proclaimed that Our Lord had no idea what was happening, no idea why He was being crucified. I guess Law wasn’t paying attention, for he surely would have corrected him. Oh, wait …

  7. www.cfnews.org/page88files/051719b1c386102f78e4a615712b748e-170.html

    Pope Francis’ Protestant Meditation on Our Lady – Our Lady may have thought, “Lies! I was deceived!”? By John Vennari 22/12/13

  8. A paradox is not a contradiction – as a POI. Christianity is made up of paradoxes.

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