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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Focus for Reality

"Reality" made a comment about yesterday's post saying:

But in the meantime, even the SSPX itself is closer to regularisation than Papa Stronsay. God has a sense of humour! You've received nothing from Rome or your Diocese, besides three priests having their 'suspension' lifted. Your vows don't count as anything, canonically. True, yes? Is the fruit as sweet as the photos portray it? Or is Papa Stronsay rather an island of lemons?

Cherries or lemons which is the "reality"?
To which I answer:

Dear "Reality"!

Your message reminds me of the kind of messages Bp. Fellay will be receiving in these days!

The problem is that you see only with the eyes of your flesh; you have no idea of all that we have received and for which we are profoundly grateful to God. The "reality" is supernatural. The natural view is simply too limited and needs a whole new focus.


No, no! I know! 
They were round and red, 
sweet and juicy, they were cherries
not  lemons!

God has a sense of humour? If it pleases the Most High to be amused with us we would willingly make ourselves His play things, and as such we would be richly rewarded.

So much in life depends upon one's perspective.

Limited "reality" sees and exalts in its own perceptions, bringing forth lemons from the bitterness of its own heart.  You should grasp the true reality.

This true reality, focused from a supernatural perspective, finds flowers, fragrance and sweet fruit; finds peace of soul and good dispositions to pray for the Church, Bishop Fellay and the reconciliation; finds cherries and sweet fruit from the tree of the Holy Cross. Should we not glory but in this? Must we not glory in this, in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ?

In short, this is my song which I invite you to sing:
Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo 
in generationem et generationem adnuntiabo veritatem tuam in ore meo ~
 The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. 
I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation. 
~(Ps. 88:2) ~

With every good wish,
Fr. Michael Mary

9 comments:

umblepie said...

'Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo'
Deo Gratias.

Konstantin said...

"But in the meantime, even the SSPX itself is closer to regularisation than Papa Stronsay"

Really? The General Chapter has not decided on the Holy Father's offer yet. I hope they don't pull a last minute "88" again.

Michelle Therese said...

Lemons at Papa Stronsay? Perhaps anyone of that opinion needs to make a visit to the holy isle!

Anonymous said...

Your post makes me smile father. Pity there are so many people with sour grapes... and it's very unbecoming to blow raspberries like that. In reality... as we say in South Africa... sweet like lemons!
God bless you father and your lovely, charitable... dare I say cheery? blog, and your fidelity to our Holy Father.

Michelle Therese said...

Ah, Father! Now I think I "get" your lemon comment that you made in the refectory!!

Sorry, I am slow-witted at the best of times hahahaha!

Holly Hall said...

Wow! Sorry to see that someone would be so bold as to be uncharitable towards you like that! But it reminds me of what Our Lord warned: "If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you." Keep up the good work, Fathers; your blog really helps countless souls like myself, and although I may not respond to the posts as often as I used to, I do find them very enjoyable reading ~ and fruit for meditation once in a while! God bless!

StMichael said...

God bless you for your trust in God and His earthly representatives! One of God's hardest lessons, but most fruitful lessons, too, is when we pursue communion with our superiors in holy obedience when it is not to our liking.

Anonymous said...

Methinks that if there are lemons on Papa Stronsay, the refectorian is busy making lemonade to be consumed on a feast day.

Even in the current state of "waiting", if I were free of my present obligations, I should be banging on the door of Golgotha Monastery seeking admittance, assuming the community would take a priest not too far from middle age. Whatever the reason for the delay, God in His providence knows what He is doing even if we don't. Padre Pio's lengthy isolation from public ministry must have seemed at least as pointless and punitive at the time. And we all know how that one turned out.

Papa Stronsay is in the crucible not the ash heap.

An Irish Priest

Anonymous said...

Methinks that if there are lemons on Papa Stronsay, the refectorian is busy making lemonade to be consumed on a feast day.

Even in the current state of "waiting", if I were free of my present obligations, I should be banging on the door of Golgotha Monastery seeking admittance, assuming the community would take a priest not too far from middle age. Whatever the reason for the delay, God in His providence knows what He is doing even if we don't. Padre Pio's lengthy isolation from public ministry must have seemed at least as pointless and punitive at the time. And we all know how that one turned out.

Papa Stronsay is in the crucible not the ash heap.

An Irish Priest

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