We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Friday, October 30, 2015

On why comedians would make terrible confessors.

Comedians would make terrible confessors because:
  1. they make up and embellish stories about their friends, relatives,  strangers.... and priests.
  2. they can't keep secrets. They convert private conversations into fodder for their comedy acts or routines.
  3. they never stop joking. Imagine confessing a serious sin to a comedian. He's likely to poke fun at you every time he sees you in the congregation from the pulpit.
Comedians are professional stretchers of the truth. For ill or for good, they use sarcasm and ridicule to lampoon others. They can be gossip-mongers and are often, these days at least, foul mouthed bullies. Very few comedians are actually capable of telling a joke that does not involve profanity or vulgarity of one kind or another. Real wit, à la Bob Newhart (a faithful Catholic!), is in short supply these days. But I digress.

Heeere's Father Johnny... .

What's up with priests who behave like comedians and who routinely attempt to entertain parishioners during their homilies? Do we really want comedian-priests hearing our confessions? Give us "boring", solidly orthodox priests who celebrate the Mass reverently and who provide sage counsel in the confessional over a clerical clown any day!

God must have a sense of humour... He created us.

Clearly, Jesus has a sense of humour. Having a sense of humour is not a bad thing... .
Holy Scripture presents some of the Lord's very effective word plays:
salt (melach) and kingliness (melekh, king), St. Matthew 5:13: You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
camel (Aramaic=gamla; Greek=kamilos) and rope (Aramaic=gamala; Greek=kamêlos; rope made of camel hair), St. Matthew 19:24: Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
... but turning the Mass into a nightclub act turns the temple into a sideshow, and we all know how our Lord dealt with those who defiled the Temple (St. John 2:15).

The occasional (rare?) use of humour to instruct and engage the faithful is one thing. The habitual telling of corny and even off colour jokes that draw attention to oneself and which distract from the solemnity of the Mass is quite another. Just say 'no' to comedian-homilists!

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