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St. Benedict by Herman Nigg

Fr. Tom, showing his love for his sheep, had parts of the Rule of St. Benedict published in today’s bulletin.  I think it is edifying for my parish and me.  In this Year of the Priest, I pass it on for your edification, too.  :-)    

  • Help those who are in trouble.
  • Console the afflicted.  
  • Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.
  • Speak the truth from your heart as from your mouth.    
  • Attribute the good that you find in yourself to God, and not to yourself.    
  • Desire eternal life with all the ardor of your soul.    
  • Listen willingly to the Holy Scriptures.    
  • Daily confess your past faults to God in your prayers with tears and groans, and in the future correct them.    
  • In all things obey the instructions of the Abbot even if, God forbid, he should go astray in his works, remembering this precept of the Lord: Do what they say, but not what they do.    
  • The struggler must be patient, enduring all things that come to him.    
  • We should not seek to be different from others; we should do only what is needful, following the example of the saints.    
  • Our words to others should be few and covered with gentleness.    
  • Honor those who are old.    
  • Love those who are younger.    
  • Pray for your enemies in the love of Christ.    
  • Make peace, before the setting of the sun, with those from whom you have been separated by discord.    
  • And never despair of the mercy of God.    
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Great article about paying it forward.  In this case, a preacher helps a man who needs helping, and several years later, the aided man is able to help other families in the minister’s care.  Great story of charity and love.

….Father Tim Jones, are you taking notes?

From a Fox 6 report via Black Christian News.   Watch the video here.

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…would be activities like these:

Our parish and family also support and volunteer at HOPE Warming Centers in Pontiac, Michigan.  We’ll be manning the center in January.  Check out this video.

In other words, there are alot more things that Christians could be doing to support our communities, aide the sick and homeless and relieve hunger than whining about the failure of government and advising those entrusted to our pastoral care to go out and commit sins against God’s commandments.

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Oh.My.Goodness.   

File this under Really Ridiculous, Outlandish Nonsense, Outrageousness, Protestants off the Rails, Relativism…and uh, the post in which Luce almost swears.  The Church of England needs to retrain this chap.  From the Daily Mail of UK (with my comments in red):   

A clergyman has been criticised as ‘highly irresponsible’ after advising his congregation to shoplift following his Nativity sermon. (nothing says “Peace on Earth, good will to men” like shoplifting.  Happy Birthday, Jesus!)   

 Father Tim Jones, 41, broke off from his traditional (wha?  advising Christians to steal isn’t traditional?) annual sermon yesterday to tell his flock that stealing from large chains is sometimes the best option for vulnerable people.   

 ‘It is far better for people desperate during the recession to shoplift than turn to ‘prostitution, mugging or burglary’, he said.  (I can hear Satan now:  “Go on.  It’s only a little sin.  There’s much worse you could do….”)
   

 The married father-of-two insisted his unusual advice did not break the Bible commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’ – because God’s love for the poor outweighs his love for the rich.  (I missed that part of Scripture.  Er..where did Jesus say that?)   

 But the minister’s controversial sermon at St Lawrence Church in York has been slammed by police, the British Retail Consortium and a local MP, who all say that no matter what the circumstances, shoplifting is an offence.  (Apparently–and tellingly– it was not slammed by Rowan or the other disciples of Pope Henry the Eighth.  But perhaps they haven’t heard about it yet.)

Delivering his festive lesson (is this sarcasm?), Father Jones told the congregation: ‘My advice, as a Christian priest, (can his license be revoked?) is to shoplift.  I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or  because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.  (It’s a mortal sin, kids.)   

 ‘I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices.   

 ‘I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need.   

 ‘I offer the advice with a heavy heart and wish society would recognise that bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay has created an invitation and incentive to crime for people struggling to cope.’  (Oh, that’s brilliant!  actually encourage sin, theft, moral decay FROM THE PULPIT and then blame the system for creating “invitation” and “incentive”.  I kinda think this is like inciting a crime.  This man should be brought up on charges.)He added that he felt society had failed the needy, and said it was far better they shoplift than turn to more degrading or violent options such as prostitution, mugging or burglary.  (Hey, preacher man!  How’s about you get out of the pulpit and go help some needy?  isn’t that what churches are for?)   

Father Jones cited the example of an ex-prisoner who had been forced to live on less than £100, including a crisis loan, over six weeks after his release from jail.   

He continued: ‘My advice does not contradict the Bible’s eighth commandment because God’s love for the poor and despised outweighs the property rights of the rich.  (Sorry, but that’s total Bull$#!+)   

‘Let my words not be misrepresented as a simplistic call for people to shoplift. The observation that shoplifting is the best option that some people are left with is a grim indictment of who we are.   

‘Rather, this is a call for our society no longer to treat its most vulnerable people with indifference and contempt. Providing inadequate or clumsy social support is monumental, catastrophic folly.’   (why is the priest calling on society? isn’t his job to shepherd his flock?  I love liberals who love to preach to Society but then have absolutely no compunction about doing anything personally.)   

I question whether this man has ever read the Bible.  Seriously.  Where in Scripture did Jesus tell the poor to go out and steal theirs?  In what parable, sermon or teaching did Jesus condemn the Roman Empire for their bureaucratic ineptitude and systematic delay?  And when the poor widow offered her mite, did Jesus nudge her and tell her to swipe a few coins out of the offering, because she clearly needed it more than the Temple did?   

People, SNAP OUT OF IT!  Nowhere does Jesus teach us to look to the government to provide charity toward n poor, support for the elderly, welfare checks for the unemployed, food programs for the underemployed, visitation and care for the sick, imprisoned or dying.  He taught us the Christian virtues, in Matthew especially but throughout the Gospel and He taught them to us as individuals, as believers, as disciples of His.  He didn’t say, go out and convert the governments, empires and dictatorships of the world, and have them enact my teachings as state law.  He didn’t say, go and vote for, prop up, support in coup or give your liege loyalty to governments, kings, rulers and despots who will go out and care for the poor and oppressed in my name.  Nope.  Basically, He said, “YOU!  Yes, I’m looking at you.  Go bear fruit in my name.”  They will know we are Christians by our love…not by our voting records or our taxable income.   

But many (too many) of our fellow Christians think they are called on to do God’s work by pointing fingers at institutions and governments and demanding that they do God’s work.  In other words, there is a mess and SOMEONE really OUGHT to do SOMETHING, and then they proceed to look around for the Someone to Do Something.  Then they wash their hands of the whole thing in smug satisfaction because they successfully passed the buck.   This type of “diffusion of responsibility”, also known as the Bystander Effect is what runs liberal theology ideology.  Because let’s face it:  it’s sooooo much easier to pass the buck along to everyone else, isn’t it?  Why get all messy with your hands in the ol’ muck of good-doing when you can sit at home and yell at the telly, or protest outside government buildings in your warm parkas and Starbucks refillable mugs.   

Kids?  Doing good? — That is OUR JOBAs Christians.  Each of us personally.  What this nitwit Anglican priest should be doing is showing the way to Christian virtue, not relaxing in his no doubt well-appointed parsonage, enjoying his Christmas feast in front of the telly to which he is pointing and yelling at the evening’s BBC news broadcast and yelling, “why isn’t the bloody government DOING something about the poor!”  as he burps and swipes the back of his hand nonchalantly across his mouth.   

Ugh.

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