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THE TRANSITORY THINGS OF THIS WORLD
THE PRIEST, ST. JOSEPH CAFASSO TELLS US WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A HOLY PRIEST and POPE JOHN PAUL II WRITES OF THE GOOD EXAMPLE SET BY ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO
The following was included with this writer's Nov. 13, 2000 letter to Pope John Paul II:
"Clerics are to follow a simple way of life and avoid anything which smacks of worldliness"
(Canon Law 282).
There are many so-called "religious" people in today's Church who occupy themselves on Sundays and/or week days with the same amusements as secular or people of "pagan" beliefs.
St. Joseph Cafasso (a priest) believed:
"The spiritual theaters and places of amusement for Christians should be the sanctuaries and basilicas, and the tombs of the martyrs. The theatres, the spectacles, the festive halls for us priests to relax and take our recreation in, ought to be our churches, our oratories, our studies; our relaxations should be the administration of the Sacraments, visits to the sick, the works of our ministry."
Tertullian believed that for Christians:
"The festivals that we ought to attend should be the functions of the Church and the prayers in common."
St. Jerome explained to a priest:
"Leave to seculars all that madness; those songs and dances and spectacles and every form of folly, and recognize that they are not suitable for a priest. Let us leave levity and vanity, dancing and noisy festivities to worldlings; let us take for ourselves retirement, piety and devotion, so the people, edified by our example may learn to keep away from, and despise the follies and the transitory things of this world, and to seek to gain for themselves those festivities and joys of heaven that will never end."
(The above quotes were taken from the book: The Priest The Man Of God, His Dignity And Duties, by St. Joseph Cafasso, published by Tan Books & Publishers Inc. P.O. Box 424, Rockford, Illinois 61105).
Amateur or professional sporting events that take place on the Lord's Day and other Holy Days certainly cannot be considered "restful." For they are forms of the "noisy festivities" spoken of above. The Church, especially Her leaders and shepherds, must never have any association with such activities, for these "events" are very worldly and not pleasing to Our Lord:
"And the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things entering in, choke the word and it is made fruitless" (Mark 4:19).
"If you had been of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (John 15:19).
"And be not conformed to this world" (Romans 12:2).
"Place thy treasure in the commandments of the most High and it shall bring thee more profit than gold" (Ecclesiasticus 29:14).
AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE HOLINESS
The following example shows all the spiritual qualities a good bishop, priest, nun, religious, or layperson must possess if he or she is to truly serve the Church and their brothers and sisters throughout the world:
VATICAN CITY, MAR, 17, 2003
(Vatican Information Service)
LETTER FOR 4TH CENTENARY OF ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO
Made public today was a Letter from Pope John Paul to Fr. Joachim Giermek, Minister General of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Conventual, on the occasion of the fourth centenary this year of the birth of St. Joseph of Cupertino.
The Pope noted that this "faithful disciple of St. Francis of Assisi was popularly known as 'the saint of flights' because of his frequent ecstasies and the extraordinary nature of his mystical experiences. The patron of students," added the Pope, "St. Joseph of Cupertino encouraged the world of culture, especially schools, to base human knowledge on the wisdom of God. It is precisely thanks to his inner docility to the suggestions of divine wisdom that this singular saint can be proposed as a spiritual guide for every category of faithful ... priests and religious, young people and adults, children and old people."
The Holy Father noted that St. Joseph was marked by his "great love for the mystery of the Incarnation as well as for the Eucharist, and by his participation in the Passion of Christ. For St. Joseph," the Pope remarked, "the Crucifix was always present in his mind and heart, among the sufferings of a life that was misunderstood and often beset with obstacles. He shed copious tears at the thought of Jesus' death on the Cross because, as he liked to repeat, it was sins that pierced the Immaculate Body of the Redeemer with the hammer of ingratitude, egoism and indifference."
"St. Joseph of Cupertino," the Pope stated, "distinguished himself by his simplicity and obedience. Detached from everything, he continuously traveled, moving from one convent to another, as his superiors ordered, abandoning himself to the Hands of God.... He nourished a deep attachment to the Successor of Peter and had a great sense of the Church, which he loved unconditionally... And what can we say of his filial and moving devotion to Our Lady?"
"May we all learn from him," John Paul II concluded, "how to walk on the path that leads to 'everyday' holiness, marked by the faithful fulfillment of one's own daily duty."
JPII-LETTER/JOSEPH CUPERTINO/GIERMEK VIS 20030317 (360)
Jesus be praised forever!
Vincent T. Bemowski - Webmaster/Editor
"It is my work, which I myself am now carrying out, in order to gather from all sides the little remnant which will remain faithful to Jesus and to His Gospel, to the Pope and to the Church united with Him...If indeed His return is close at hand, then my motherly action becomes more concerned and vigorous, in order to assist all my children to remain ever in the truth of the faith. This is why I have asked you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart. This is why, in these times of yours, I have spread everywhere my Marian Movement of Priests."
- Messages to Fr. Gobbi from our Blessed Mother.
EXCERPTS: DIRECTORY ON THE MINISTRY & LIFE OF PRIESTS - "In order to be a good guide of his People, the priest must also be attentive to the signs of the times: those larger and deeper ones which concern the universal Church and Its sojourn in the history of man, and those which more closely affect the specific situation of a particular community."