Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On wishy-washyness


I appologies for the bad language in this clip it was sent to me by a parishioner after we had a conversation about the ghastliness of wishy-washyness in the presentation of Christianity in the popular mind.

Christ came to save, to change the eternal destiny of mankind. The Pope's Lenten call "to look on the one we have pierced", reminds us of the tremendous cost God paid.

I remember as a fifteen year old protestant child, when our Divinity teacher, an Anglican clergyman, was talking about the different beliefs members of the Church of England had about the Eucharist saying, "But, Sir, it seems that God went to an awful lot of trouble to leave us so confused". I think this believe led me eventually into the True Church.

Follow the Pope's advice and contemplate the pierced side of Christ, still it leaves me thinking, "God went to an awful lot of trouble to leave us so confused" or to allow us to be lost in wishy-washy uncertainty.

"Look upon the one you have pierced..." and put aside wishy-washyness.

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5 comments:

Az said...

Fr Blake,
Regarding the fresco depicted in the last photo, can you tell me something about it? I assume it is English.

Fr Ray Blake said...

az
I am not sure, it is not English, it is Hungarian, I should have credited it, I have done so now.

The Real Clare said...

What a brilliant piece of television-I'm devastated l missed the programme. You'll be pleased to know that Oliver Heath, he of 'Changing Rooms' alleged fame and the first presenter in the featured programme (the bloke by the stone) lives in Brighton, (and i know where he lives.) So if you're passing through the North Laine on a Sunday morning and happen to walk past Oliver's house (Cheltenham Place) you could see if he actually goes to church (he doesn't) and perhaps invite him along to St. Mary Mags.

Paulinus said...

If you liked that video from Mitchell and Webb try this:
Hard Line Vicar

Anonymous said...

I've never been to a Catholic Church that wasn't wishy-washy. Last week the priest butchered the Gospel and offered some silly musings about the cause of suffering, after which he concluded saying that "we just don't know." Jesus said "repent or you will perish" but we can't mention sin because that would imply that we need a Saviour, and it would be judgemental to those of us who are less than perfectly holy (all of us), and we can't mention original sin because that would imply that there is such a thing as a reason for our sufferings... Today, the priest had a lovely homily about not being judgemental, because that's obviously what the parable of the prodigal son is about. Christ have mercy.