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Monday, March 18, 2013

On the Other Hand...

I feel a little like Tevye these days with all the conflicting reports of Pope Francis. A traditional blogger says we can't trust him because Mahony is so enthusiastic about his election. But then I read that the orthodox Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet threw his support to Cardinal Bergoglio during the conclave to secure his election. On the one hand, his ecumenical activity is criticized as syncretism, but on the other hand the Eastern Orthodox patriarch will attend the installation, the first that time has happened since the Eastern and Western Churches split in schism nearly 1,000 years ago. Traditionalists are upset about what they describe as Pope Francis' hostile reception to Summorum Pontificum, but, on the other hand, Robert Moynihan shared correspondence with a friend from Argentina who said it was permitted and any problems were due to priests who weren't trained to say it properly.

We are living in interesting and often confusing  times which brings me back to my friend Tevye, a kind of everyman, who constantly converses and sometimes remonstrates with God. One statement seems appropriate for our own times.

"Sometimes I think, when it gets too quiet up there, You say to Yourself, 'What kind of mischief can I play on My friend Tevye?'"

The difference between our mischief and "God's mischief" is that His always has a purpose and is always for our good.

5 comments:

The Woman of the House said...

Hi Mary Ann,

I'm not very smart. I know who Tevye is, but I don't understand what you mean. Maybe it's lack of sleep on my part.

God bless you,
M.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I probably wasn't clear. Often, Tevye has conversations with himself looking at both sides of a situation. For example, marriages have always been arranged, but his oldest is in love and wants to marry someone she's chosen herself.

What I was trying to say was there are two sides to many situations and it all depends on how you look at a situation.

John J. Jakubczyk said...

I understand your reference and being quite familiar with the play, appreciate it and find it quite apropos. It is humorous to see everyone all in a dither because this particular pope is his own person. It is somewhat similar to when john Paul II was elected pope. He skied. He played the guitar. He liked sports. he liked to press the flesh as thy say. All we need do is look at his statements on life, marriage and the family. Everything he has stated is totally orthodox. Look at his first sermon as pope - If we are not preaching Christ, we preach the devil. When was the last time you heard a priest even mention the devil? no , you nailed it. god is stirring the pot - in order to gt everyone to focus on what is important. Man's need to be in right relationship with God through Christ Jesus.

John J. Jakubczyk said...

I understand your reference and being quite familiar with the play, appreciate it and find it quite apropos. It is humorous to see everyone all in a dither because this particular pope is his own person. It is somewhat similar to when john Paul II was elected pope. He skied. He played the guitar. He liked sports. he liked to press the flesh as thy say. All we need do is look at his statements on life, marriage and the family. Everything he has stated is totally orthodox. Look at his first sermon as pope - If we are not preaching Christ, we preach the devil. When was the last time you heard a priest even mention the devil? no , you nailed it. god is stirring the pot - in order to gt everyone to focus on what is important. Man's need to be in right relationship with God through Christ Jesus.

Ann said...

Thank you for this post. It's EXACTLY how I feel. I told The Lord at Mass yesterday that I am so confused. I want to love Pope Francis, and I do, but there's all these other things I've heard that disturb my peace. I don't like feeling or thinking like this! I am sure satan is enjoying what is happening with the confusion and negativity amidst devout Catholics regarding the Holy Father. St. Joseph, pray for our dear Holy Father, Pope Francis.