Sunday, 17 November 2013

MEDJUGORJE POPE FRANCIS: INFORMAL OPPROBRIUM


MEDJUGORJE POPE FRANCIS: INFORMAL OPPROBRIUM

..from the words of Pope Francis in a recent homily...
 

“The spirit of curiosity distances us from the Spirit of wisdom…which gives us peace,” Pope Francis said at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House in the Vatican. Bergoglio emphasised that the Virgin Mary “is not postmistress, who sends messages every day" and asked faithful to understand that “the Kingdom of God is among us” and we should “not seek strange things.”

 
...we see the Pope is referring to visions on demand..these types of visions subvert the faith...by replacing the things not seen with things seen and touched...to walk in the dark light of faith is to walk in the way of abnegation (mortification)...or agnosia...the way of forgetting...when the soul has cleared itself of everything it is only God which remains...


...curiosity is a form of anxiety...it is taken as a vice opposed to wisdom if pursued with impetus of pride and self glory...


As St. Augustine says

Augustine says (De Morib. Eccl. 21): "Some there are who forsaking virtue, and ignorant of what God is, and of the majesty of that nature which ever remains the same, imagine they are doing something great, if with surpassing curiosity and keenness they explore the whole mass of this body which we call the world. So great a pride is thus begotten, that one would think they dwelt in the very heavens about which they argue."


 

As St Thomas Aquinas says curiosity becomes a vice opposed to virtue when…


, when a man studies to know the truth above the capacity of his own intelligence, since by so doing men easily fall into error: wherefore it is written (Sirach 3:22): "Seek not the things that are too high for thee, and search not into things above thy ability . . . and in many of His works be not curious," and further on (Sirach 3:26), "For . . . the suspicion of them hath deceived many, and hath detained their minds in vanity."


..of course this can do no-one any good since the knowledge they glean will be abused and be cast as pearls of wisdom before swine….curiosity is also known as concupiscence of the eyes since it is concerned mainly with the lust of knowledge for its own sake and not for the properly ordered knowledge of wisdom which is related to charity…


..as well if abnegation of the imagination exercises faith and abnegation of the will exercises charity and abnegation of the memory exercises hope then it follows that daily apparitions are an enemy to faith hope and charity…the three theological virtues…since daily apparitions provide food for the imagination to gorge in spiritual lust after signs and beautiful images, they provide food for the memory in which to bask and feel consoled thus subverting hope in the world to come and replacing it with rest in this world..as well by allowing the will to attach the intellect to such curiosities a soul fails in charity since it detaches itself from the love of neighbor and loses God who forever dwells in the moment…since such a one thinks of their own desires and seeks to satiate their own curiosity and fails in seeking God’s will..without charity no virtue is pleasing to God..since God is charity…


…amen