PopeWatch: Memory

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Pope Francis made an interesting comment in his Pentecost homily:


A Christian without memory is not a true Christian. He is only half Christian, he is a man or a woman who is a prisoner of the moment, who does not see his or her history as a treasure, does not know how to read it or live it as history of salvation. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can interpret the interior inspirations and events of life in the light of Jesus’ words. And, thus, there grows in us the wisdom of memory, the wisdom of the heart, which is a gift of the Spirit. May the Spirit revive the Christian memory in each us! And that day, with the Apostles, was the Woman of memory, she who from the beginning meditated on all those things in her heart. It was Mary, our Mother. May she help us along this road of memory. The Holy Spirit teaches us, reminds us, and – another thing – he makes us speak, with God and with men. We are not mute Christians, mute of soul; no, there is no room for this.


Go here to read the rest.  Since Vatican II, too many Catholics have become bone ignorant as to the history of the Faith, making themselves, and too often the Church, a prisoner of the moment.

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  1. The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit. Desire zeal for the the glory of God. Think of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles, in the form of tongues of fire, in fulfilment of Christ’s promise.

    Repent, confess, do penance, amend your life, and by good woks glorify Almighty God.

    Pray for the living and the dead.

  2. The Holy Father’s words on memory recall what Bl John Henry Newman said of Tradition, “It is latent, but it lives. It is silent, like the rapids of a river, before the rocks intercept it. It is the Church’s unconscious habit of opinion and sentiment; which she reflects upon, masters, and expresses, according to the emergency. We see then the mistake of asking for a complete collection of the Roman Traditions; as well might we ask for a full catalogue of a man’s tastes and thoughts on a given subject. Tradition in its fullness is necessarily unwritten; it is the mode in which a society has felt or acted during a certain period, and it cannot be circumscribed any more than a man’s countenance and manner can be conveyed to strangers in any set of propositions.”

  3. The Church, by the Holy Spirit, protects the memory of God’s actions in the world in preserving and teaching the Good News of Jesus the Christ. The Church/Holy Spirit continues to ” do this in remembrance of Me”. The Mass is the actualization of memory. Jesus instituted this gift while honoring the memory of Passover

  4. From G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy:
    “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our
    ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit
    to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be
    walking about.”

  5. Since PF has given us these profound words on “the memory of a Christian”, I would hope he would recall the Catholic Church that existed for him up until 1965, and not erase it with his studied amnesia on the fact of its existence.

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