Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Father Hardon on "Pharasaical Scandal"

Perhaps I heard someone declare that nice people go to hell; or suggest that people who did not go to a Corpus Christi procession were indifferent to the Eucharist (mindful of how scarce they are or whether people have ever seen one. Only in recent years are Eucharistic processions gaining popularity).  

I was poking through the Modern Catholic Dictionary online by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. when I ran across something worth pondering when encountering people who make such rash judgments about others.


Jesus may have turned the tables on the money changers, but what Our Lord said to the Scribes and Pharisees should put more fear of God into us.

Here's one more thing from the Modern Catholic Dictionary: Imprudence defined:

Sins against prudence that are either by defect or by excess. Sins by defect against prudence are: rashness, which acts before due consideration has been given; thoughtlessness, which neglects to take the necessary circumstances into account; and negligence, which does not give the mind sufficient time for mature deliberation…. 

Let's build the Body of Christ with fraternal charity, not by tearing others down with contempt. Let's foster Eucharistic devotion and reverence with reverence for others.  Promoting Eucharistic reverence without fraternal charity is like trying to increase love with hatred.  Both are contradictions.

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