Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dies Irae, Dies Illa

So what have we learned from the Assisi World Day of Prayer 1986? Well, apparently nothing at all.

Praying alongside the leaders of the world's false religions, the Holy Father certainly did not fear to offend Almighty God, the Catholic Hierarchy, the Catholic Faithful, and ultimately, St. Francis himself.

We trust that the Holy Father John Paul II (oft-labeled "The Great" by his most beloved devotees) had the best of intentions. But then again, we know all about intentions.

Certainly God was pleased with what He witnessed that day. The terrible earthquake which struck Assisi a year later--to the day!--was an obvious coincidence.

But seriously, folks, as light-hearted as I've attempted to deal with this great moment in history, I shudder to think what the blessed apostle Paul would say on that day:

"Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: ‘I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (II Cor. 6, 14-16)

I would've paid real money to have seen St. Paul at Assisi in 1986. Don't think he would've approved. Then again, I may be exaggerating this whole mess. Earthquakes do have a nasty habit of sneaking up on us here in sunny SoCal.

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