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« on: May 29, 2015, 01:03:38 AM »
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  • In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.

    “There are three things, three steps that take us away from Jesus: wealth, vanity and pride,” the Pope told attendees of his May 26 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse.

    Riches, he said, are dangerous “because they immediately make you vain and you think you are important. And when you think you are important, you build your head up and then you lose it.”

    Francis took his cue from the day’s Mark Chapter 10 Gospel reading in which Peter asks Jesus what the disciples will get in return for following him. The scene takes place right after Jesus had told the rich young man to sell all of his possessions and give them to the poor.

    Instead of talking about wealth, the Lord gives an unexpected answer when he says that the disciples will gain the Kingdom of Heaven, but only “with persecution, with the cross.”

    “When a Christian is attached to (worldly) things, he gives the bad impression of a Christian who wants to have two things: (both) heaven and earth,” the Pope said, explaining that that the daily cross of denying ourselves is the remedy.

    From a human perspective following Jesus “is not a good deal” because it means serving others, he said. If the Lord gives you the opportunity to be first you have to act like the one in last place, and the same goes for wealth, he continued.

    Pope Francis also indicated the Gospel passage in Matthew when the mother of James and John asks Jesus to secure a place for her sons at his side.

    By essentially telling Jesus to “make this one prime minister for me, (and) this one, the minister of the economy,” the disciples’ mother took the worldly path in following Jesus, the Pope noted.

    When a person wants to be “with both Jesus and with the world, with both poverty and with riches…this is a half-way Christianity that desires material gain. It is the spirit of worldliness,” he warned.

    To follow the Lord freely, he said, “is the answer to the gratuitousness of love and salvation that Jesus gives us.”

    Francis observed how the frequently the attitude of worldliness prevails in the Church itself, saying that “it’s sad” to see Christians – laypersons, priests and bishops included – who strive after both heavenly and worldly things.

    “(It) is a counter-witness and furthers people from Jesus,” he said, and encouraged attendees to ask the Lord to teach them the “science of service,” which provides a lesson in humility and in placing ourselves last so as to serve our brothers and sisters in the Church.

    The Pope closed his homily by telling those present to continue the Mass with both Peter’s question and Jesus’ answer in mind.

    “The recompense that (Jesus) will give us is resemblance to Him. This will be our ‘recompense;’ to be like Jesus!”

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    « Reply #1 on: May 29, 2015, 12:23:22 PM »
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  • Christ said that those who seek to follow Him are to sell what they have, take up their cross and follow Him (i.e., Jesus).

    Why is Pope Francis twisting it to seem as if we are to just deny ourselves and serve others in an open ended way?  Even the communists talk about love among mankind.



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    « Reply #2 on: May 29, 2015, 11:14:30 PM »
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  • Quote from: Capt McQuigg
    Christ said that those who seek to follow Him are to sell what they have, take up their cross and follow Him (i.e., Jesus).

    Why is Pope Francis twisting it to seem as if we are to just deny ourselves and serve others in an open ended way?  Even the communists talk about love among mankind.


    It is interesting to note that Bishop Felley said that the SSPX is in agreement with Pope Francis in this service to the poor when Pope Francis said that the Church is not just an NGO. Jesus did say, "That which you did to the least of these you did unto me."

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    « Reply #3 on: May 30, 2015, 05:12:32 AM »
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  • The New York Post is reporting that a 29-year-old investment banker died after leaping from his luxury apartment building in Manhattan's Financial District on Thursday morning.

    The NYPD confirmed that the incident happened about 10:40 a.m. at 1 West Street. The NYPD did not release the person's name, age, or place of employment.

    According to The Post, the man jumped from the 24th floor of the Ocean Luxury Residences. He was decapitated after hitting the guardrail by the northbound Battery Park Underpass and landed near a woman's black SUV.

    Witnesses told The Post that tourists snapped pictures on their cellphones of the gruesome aftermath.

    In the past year or so, there's been a spate of suicides among financial-services employees. As a result, financial firms have been trying to do more to improve the lifestyles of their employees, especially younger ones.



    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-29-old-investment-banker-135800338.html

    Being round a lot of money certainly didn't make this person very happy.

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    « Reply #4 on: May 30, 2015, 10:32:36 AM »
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    The New York Post is reporting that a 29-year-old investment banker died after leaping from his luxury apartment building in Manhattan's Financial District on Thursday morning.

    The NYPD confirmed that the incident happened about 10:40 a.m. at 1 West Street. The NYPD did not release the person's name, age, or place of employment.

    According to The Post, the man jumped from the 24th floor of the Ocean Luxury Residences. He was decapitated after hitting the guardrail by the northbound Battery Park Underpass and landed near a woman's black SUV.

    Witnesses told The Post that tourists snapped pictures on their cellphones of the gruesome aftermath.

    In the past year or so, there's been a spate of suicides among financial-services employees. As a result, financial firms have been trying to do more to improve the lifestyles of their employees, especially younger ones.



    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/report-29-old-investment-banker-135800338.html

    Being round a lot of money certainly didn't make this person very happy.


    Did he leap to his death or was he thrown?  This may be murder.  


     

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