Within the context of all the negative reports in the media about the abuses perpetrated by the clergy, I share with you a reflection entitled “DON'T LEAVE JESUS BECAUSE OF JUDAS” by Fr. John Paul Gill, OFM Cap. He writes thus: Within the context of all the negative reports in the media about the abuses perpetrated by the clergy, I share with you a reflection entitled “DON'T LEAVE JESUS BECAUSE OF JUDAS” by Fr. John Paul Gill, OFM Cap. He writes thus: “After a lot of thought about the recent scandals that are disturbing many in and out of the Church, don’t leave Jesus because of Judas. Here is a short reflection I wanted to share with you all.
When the wolves in sheep’s clothing scandalize you, look to the saints who lived holy lives and made earth more like heaven. When the myth that the Church has too much money troubles you, look to the statistics that prove that the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization on the face of the earth. When you think that the clergy are all crooks, remember that most of them are good guys, who have sacrificed everything to give their lives to the service of Christ and His Holy Church. When you think that human beings have corrupted the Church, remember Christ it’s Founder ‘Mathew 16:18’, and that nothing shall prevail against it! When you think the Church is misogynist, look to the Blessed Virgin Mary: the perfection of God’s creation was a woman. When you are sick of hearing the negative things about the Church in the media, think about the stories that go largely unnoticed because talking positively about her will not make headlines. When you think the Church is oppressive, remember it is one of the only Institutions that stood up for truth against waves of Nazism, Communism and other ideologies that killed and ruined the lives of millions. When you think the Church is unhealthy for society, remember it is Pro-Life, Pro-Family and Pro-Traditional Marriage!
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, our Church is about to head through some turbulent times, a time of purification so that we may continue to grow closer to Christ, and rid Holy Mother the Church of all that try to destroys it. Whilst this will prove to be painful, remain steadfast, stay close to the Sacraments, pray for and defend holy priests, offer up prayer and penance, become more Eucharistic and have special devotion to our Blessed Mother. Jesus promised us in Matthew 28:20 that He will be with us until the end of the age and Our Lady tells us in Fatima that Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Pray for the Church, bishops, religious and all the people of God. God bless you. Have a nice day.”
May each of you have a blessed week before you.
-------Father Joe SDB