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The Deacon's Bench

Quote of the day

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I alluded to it here, but it’s worth its own post:

“To be connected with the church is to be associated with scoundrels, warmongers, fakes, child-molesters, murderers, adulterers and hypocrites of every description.

It also, at the same time, identifies you with saints and the finest persons of heroic soul of every time, country, race, and gender.


To be a member of the church is to carry the mantle of both the worst sin and the finest heroism of soul because the church always looks exactly as it looked at the original crucifixion, God hung among thieves.”

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., “The Holy Longing”

H/T Fran

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Laura Engle

posted March 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

god hung among thieves–thank you for this reminder from a wonderful book

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posted March 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

He ate with the poor and the tax collectors, forgave prostitutes and healed the lepers.
How wonderful is our God!

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posted March 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

The crux of our faith, and yet too far from the liturgical fiobles, in-fighting and ‘bloodshed’ as evidenced in the controversial ‘dancing shoes.’ I am too ashamed and so discouraged by such petty bickering. St. John of the Cross said, “It is not a matter of knowing but loving much.” Lord, help me swim in the ocean of ‘liturgical froth.’

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Jeff Miller

posted March 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Well Father got that part right. But his book is not recommended for faithful Catholics. He turns St. Therese on her head with sentences like “tormented on her celibate cot” and he subverts the Catholic faith often in his columns.

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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted March 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Deacon Greg, thanks for the H/T and link. I got the quote from someone else and it has felt like a bit of a life raft for many of us… at least something to hang onto as the next wave came crashing. My faith is in tact but this week has caused me to go places I did not imagine I would go.
As for commenter Jeff Miller, I believe that you have taken the term out of context and will put the fuller part of what Rolheiser was saying, which was about how remarkable St. Therese’s life was. And the use of the word “tormented” is incorrect.
“She was tucked away in a remote monastery and when she died she was
probably known by less than two hundred people. Yet, even before she died, as she slept alone on her celibate cot, the world lay at the centre of her heart and her heart lay at the centre of the world’s
heart. Today, of course, she is a household name, known and loved by millions of persons, and she is the patron of world missions. She was the loner who ultimately embraced the world and both aspects, her loneliness and her intimacy with everything and everybody, colour every page of her writings.”

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Armiger Jagoe

posted March 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

You are right in that when Jesus gave us his instructions to love one another as He loves us, he made no provisos.
Armiger Jagoe,editor of The Joyful Catholic

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