Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Pope Francis Little Monsters Remark Gives Goosebumps
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/
-- Pope Francis' recent words about "little monsters" resonated in a
special way with the Rev. Kevin Manion, who is working on preparing
documents for the upcoming sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria,
CMF. Manion served as Fr. Aloysius' secretary in the 1970's.
Photo: Rev. Kevin Manion
Pope said recently that priestly formation is a "work of art, not a
police action" and "we must form their hearts. Otherwise we are creating
little monsters. When these little monsters mold the people of God,
this really gives me goose bumps," said the Pope.
gave Fr. Manion the déjà vu experience. According to Rev. Manion, 40
years ago Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF wrote that "the present crisis in
the Church is a result of lack of spiritual formation in the
seminaries, and because of this, priests today are not what they should
be." Furthermore, "This crisis is going to be much worse, because in
the present day the seminaries, instead of being improved are
completely deteriorated. The ones in charge of priestly formation, sad
to say but it is a fact, are instruments of deformation of the future
priests." Fr. Aloysius continues, "the priest, by virtue of his
vocation... is called to the highest dignity on earth, and therefore
the highest sanctity." Manion continued the quote, "In most of the
seminaries they have a disastrous misinterpretation of Vatican II. I
state this with all my conviction, after spending twenty-five years or
more in the spiritual formation of seminarians."
Aloysius also gives the
remedy, "As a house to weather the storms, should have solid
foundations, and then properly built on them, likewise seminarians as
future priests should have a thorough and deep foundation in the
'purgative life' which most of them don't have, and then led into the
'illuminative life,' by the most expert and holy spiritual directors of
the diocese or congregation, and by the time of their ordination they
should be entering fully the 'unitive life,' because the priest is
another Christ, and should be one with Christ, not only in name but in
deed." When Fr. Manion read the words by the Pope he felt goosebumps.
Fr. Aloysius' observations appear unabashedly corroborated after 40
years! The Pope's brief comments vindicated a similar conclusion.
View more information about Father Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF and the Sainthood Cause at www.aloysius.com.