The Latin Community’s mission is to create an environment where Catholics of all types can celebrate the culture of being Catholic. Of course, I’ve tried to talk about a range of topics to peak everyone’s interest. A post on the Monks of Nursia, The Secrets of Fatima, and one on the polarized views of Catholics on Pope Francis. One thing I have learned by ramping up the blog’s production is that it’s time-consuming. If anyone has ever tried to run a blog and keep people interested in it with multiple posts a day, they know it can become like a second full-time job—albeit the one that I enjoy. Even on the days that I don’t post when another writer posts on the Latin Community, I spend a lot of time sharing a link to their posts on Twitter and Facebook to make sure that people are viewing the content.
I am disheartened by the communication between participates in the blog. First off, any Catholic should be able to state—and will be allowed to do so on this blog—what the doctrine of the Church is and to defend it. Many of the topics that Servus or I have written about in the United States or Europe accepting the dangers of relativism, hedonism, materialism, and sin should not be misconstrued as uncharitable, judgmental, or unmerciful. I personally feel that those who only concentrate on the state of human condition in the world do so at the risk of the soul.
Thomas Merton says something of the nature in his essay The Will of My Father: “The root of Christian love is not the will to love, but the faith that one is loved.” I think the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a perfect example of what Merton is trying to capture by his quotation. I’ve read several theological essays saying that the parable should really be named “The Forgiving Father,” However, I think the original name got it right. The Son had to have a contrite heart; he had to have faith that if he came to his father with sorrow in his heart, and that he was willing to pay the price of being a servant his father would at least forgive him enough for that role. However, the father wants to give him much more than that because of his son’s contrite heart. In the end, we discover both who the Father is and what the role we all should play in our relationship with him.
Of course to the more liberal Vatican II Catholics who are in love with Pope Francis, this isn’t something that he doesn’t preach! Pope Francis says in his book The Name of God is Mercy, “Mercy exists, but if you don’t want to receive it…if you don’t recognize yourself a sinner, it means you don’t want to receive it. It means that you don’t feel the need for it…This is a narcissistic illness that makes people bitter…If we do not begin by examining our wretchedness, if we stay lost and despair that we will never be forgiven, we end up licking our wounds, they stay open and never heal. Instead, there is medicine, there is healing, we only need to take a small step toward God.” (p. 57-58)
I implore all that this is the mission of the message of my posts, and I will certainly surmise it is the goal of Servus. Every single person who exists in the margins of life, I love them with the love of Christ. I will shelter them from the storm if I can, I will clothe them, and I will feed them, but I do not wish to speak about exactly what I do to fulfill these instructions of Christ. (Mt. 6:1) There is no one that I would turn away. However, I want to help heal them spiritually as Christ as also instructed. For pilgrims of Christ to do this, we must instruct what the Church has declared sin, and we must instruct them to repent their sins. It is true that ultimately it is the person who must freely choose a contrite heart, but they will not have the proper tools to do so if they are never told about sin–about what displeases God. They will never understand God’s mercy if the world constantly relativizes what displeases God because in “our time” it’s somehow different. Relativism for sure has been thoroughly rejected by Popes St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and as I have stated in my blog on Pope Francis he has been quoted on rejecting it.
The message of this blog is, in fact, love. I will certainly assert that if one leaves his fellow human in the desert of sin, they have not found love in their own heart. But, again, If we cannot even hold these conversations amongst ourselves, about the sins of our day and how best to aid our fellow brothers and sisters then what’s the use.
“he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”- James 5:20