Tuesday, October 6, 2015


At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House before attending the ongoing Synod meeting, Francis said ….. must not stand in the way of mercy, believing one’s thoughts or a set of commandments to be more important


First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 
“Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”
So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding.
Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,
“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God;
they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe,
covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles:
“Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything;
they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. 
Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God;
every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand.
Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath,
so that we shall not perish.”

When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
he did not carry it out.

(Vatican City. October 6, 2015). A hardened heart poses a real danger to man because it does not let God’s mercy in. Pope Francis underlined this at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House before making his way to the New Synod Hall  where bishops are holding their general assembly on the family.

The Pope invited faithful not to stand in the way of God’s mercy, believing our thoughts or a set of commandments to be more important. Francis said this speaking about the Prophet Jonah who at first disobeys God’s will but later learns that it is right to obey the Lord. Francis based his homily on the First Reading from the Book of Jonah and emphasized that the city of Nineveh converts thanks to his preaching: “He really does perform a miracle because in this case, he overcomes his stubbornness and obeys God’s will, doing what the Lord commended him to do.”

Nineveh converts and this angers Jonah, a man who is “not docile to the spirit of God”: he was very unhappy about this and felt offended”. He even goes as far as to reproach God.

The Pope explained that the story of Jonah and Nineveh unfolds in three chapters: the first “is about the resistance shown to the mission the Lord has entrusted them with; the second “is about obedience  and when one obeys, miracles happen. Nineveh obeys God’s will and converts”; the third shows “the resistance to God’s mercy”.

Francis then spoke about hardened hearts: “Those words, ‘Isn't this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God’ and I worked so hard doing all that preaching, doing a good job and you forgive them? A hardened heart like this does not let God’s mercy in. My preaching is more important, my thoughts are more important, that great big list of commandments I must follow is more important, everything, everything, but God’s mercy.”

Jesus went through this drama with the Doctors of the Law, who couldn’t understand why He would not allow the adulterous woman to be stoned, how he could eat with publicans and sinners: they could not understand. They could not understand mercy. ‘You are merciful and compassionate’.”

But today’s Psalm suggests we “wait for the Lord because mercy is with the Lord and redemption is great with Him”.

The Pope stressed: “Wherever the Lord is there is mercy. And as St. Ambrose said: ‘where there is rigidity, there are His ministers’. Stubbornness challenges the mission and challenges mercy.”

“As we near the Year of Mercy,” Francis said, “let us pray to the Lord that he may help us to understand what His heart is made of, what ‘mercy’ means , what He means when He says: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice’.”

Nice article. Then I guess the Pope had breakfast and headed off to the Synod, where yesterday the Hungarian King of Hardened Hearts from that warm, loving, kindly culture - Fun-loving Hungary - explained why the Pharisees were so much smarter than Jesus. His name is Cardinal Erdo (rhymes with Turdo) and he looks just like you'd imagine Jesus to look, right? Yeah, right.
At least he looks serious about sinners who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near Jesus. As opposed to that Bishop from South America, who just doesn't take condemnation and prohibition serious enough. Or anything else. See?
Hope Jesus straightens the Church out and chooses between Turdo the Tough and easy-going Francis, according to which of the two looks more like Him. Who you think will win?


  1. In the end, I know who I would LIKE to win.
    Unfortunately, there are many, many, MANY Pharisees and they have power.
    We shall see.

  2. Missy Voris has been in an absolutely " Homo snit " the past few days. She is just stamping her high heels in anger.
    Sounds like he is getting turned down too often by the cute Italian boys. He is getting too old and he doesn't have enough money.

    1. The Merkin does not help.

    2. Ut In Homo Snit? Isn't that an encyclical by Pope Fabio the Fabulous?

  3. clitiVoris is melting down.... but he is much less a problem or a factor than TURD O... Pharisees smarter than Christ??? This guy should be pelted with dung.

  4. I see that Lacy-boy is "sick" of the Synod already. ( so speaks the master of pathologic, passive-aggressive personality disorder ).
    He is busy cruising the seminarians somewhere, slogging down the booze with them and I am sure that he is doing his best to weed out ;).. the gay ones. He always has the good of Holy Mother Church at heart.

  5. And in my neck of the woods, angry "Krazy Kathlolics" as Fr D calls them, alongside their pal the Merkin, are blogging on different targets, Including Fr Rosica and even former CCCB head, bishop Durocher. Something to do with women deacons and screwing dogma. Sigh.

  6. Umm.. Bergoglio is the apocalypse.. 'Kay. http://whatisupwiththesynod.com/index.php/about-us-what-is-the-apocalypse-and-how-can-i-help/

  7. Along the same lines, Rorate is apparently upset because Pope Francis was in the same room with a transgendered person and didn't spit on him or something.


    I am becoming slowly convinced that Rorate actually one of the greatest pieces of satire we have ever seen. Putting perhaps the least offensive image possible with a headline about how "shocking" the photo is is Jonathan Swift, next level stuff.

    1. I would like to believe so as well. I would also like to believe Father Z is really a gay theater director who lives with his partner in Madison and that his blog is parody. However, I have met people like this and they are real. But it is a wonderful and unintentional self parody.