Electing a New Pope

Following Jesus and searching popularity never go hand by hand
by Fr Nathan Miller, LC | Source: www.FormationToolbox.com
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(Gospel) While the Cardinals hide themselves away from the world..the Liturgy speaks to us today of the Scribes and Pharisees who acted out of fear of the people.

   Anyone who does not truly believe that the Church was founded by God and continues to be upheld by the Holy Spirit, will be more than ready to cry out for more democracy. They will look upon the election of a new Pontiff as simply running parallel to the social systems which praise those leaders who seek to please the majority. Those kind who attempt to make most of the people happy, most of the time.

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   But, no. Jesus never promised his followers popularity. He never gave them tips how to be loved. He didn't teach them how to gather around and take a vote on what should be believed, or what the moral code should be.

   Rather he laid down the principles ... and then laid down his life.

   And his Apostles did the same.

   And, since the cardinals in Rome want to remain faithful to the Gospel, you can be sure they'll be seeking out that man who can best uphold the Gospel, and who will best be prepared to lay down his life doing it.

   They won't seek a leader who will fear the people or seek to make the greatest majority of them happy ... here below.

   They'll look rather for a man with his heart set already on heaven.



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