PopeWatch: Year of Terror

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From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

VATICAN––In his General Audience today, Pope Francis announced that he would be naming 2014 “the Year of Terror.” “Since it is difficult to balance the various challenges of the papacy, while finding time to decide what to call this upcoming year, I have decided that The Year of Terror best represents what we ought to be focusing on this upcoming year,” Francis said to the hundreds gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “Trust me, I wish we could have another Year of Faith, but I have been told we cannot do this. I brought up the idea of a Year of Faith 2.0, but unfortunately that did not fly. Nevertheless, I believe that we have reached the consensus that we should name the upcoming year for what it’s most certainly going to be.” His Holiness went on to explain how people were very scared of things going on in the world like crashing economies, Obamacare, and violence in Africa and the Middle East, just to name a few. “We thought it would be a good idea to get focus back on the Church and acknowledge the paralyzing fear that God’s people are suffering with.”Eye of the Tiber, unfortunately, is all too likely to be kidding on the square in regard to the forthcoming year.

 

5 Responses to PopeWatch: Year of Terror

  • The phrase that jumps into my mind is “laughing in the face of adversity”. A healthy response!
    What is the adversity? Obviously the increasing terror in the public square, but also there is a current of worry about the pope- that office and that person having always been seen by faithful Catholics as a safe “home base” – a stable refuge , which now seems to be on a fluctuating movable platform. We chide each other: don’t worry! Everything will be all Right! It is imaginary, a misunderstanding! Nothing is moving.
    and waiting, with nervous laughter, for vindication

  • Safety and security are illusory concepts. To become saints, we are called to engage the world even when gripped by fear or shackled with despair. Our comfort is the assurance that God is with us on the journey…firmly holding our hand as a kind father would do with his beloved child.

    We are living in interesting times. I hope that we may live them joyfully.

    The beatific vision awaits.

  • Illusory perhaps. the barque of Peter, has been a place of safety, and now the boat is – or seems to be – rocking.

  • He tells us not to be afraid because He is always with us….

    Matthew 8:23-27

    23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
    24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
    25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
    26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
    27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

    And His voice tells us “Be Not Afraid” in this beautiful hymn…

    “You shall cross the barren desert
    But you shall not die of thirst
    You shall wander far in safety
    Though you do not know the way.

    You shall speak your words in foreign lands
    And all will understand
    You shall see the face of God and live.

    Be not afraid
    I go before you always
    Come follow Me
    And I shall give you rest.

    If you pass through raging waters
    In the sea, you shall not drown
    If you walk amidst the burning flames
    You shall not be harmed.

    If you stand before the pow’r of hell
    And death is at your side
    Know that I am with you, through it all.

    Be not afraid
    I go before you always
    Come follow Me
    And I shall give you rest.

    Blessed are your poor
    For the Kingdom shall be theirs
    Blest are you that weep and mourn
    for one day you shall laugh.

    And if wicked men insult and hate you
    All because of Me
    Blessed, blessed are you!

    Be not afraid
    I go before you always
    Come follow Me
    and I shall give you rest…”

    (Bob Dufford, S.J., a Catholic Hymn)

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