A Seed planted in Rome

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A Seed planted in Rome

O you of lit­tle faith, why did you doubt?

Matthew 14:31b

Major Blass Vivar: There is only a small French Gar­ri­son in Tor­recas­tro. The peo­ple of the town know the leg­end, secretly believe it. As soon as we raise the ban­ner over the lit­tle chapel, the peo­ple will rise up against the French invader.

Lt. Sharpe: Rise up? For a rag on a Pole? Are you mad Major?

Louisa: It’s a leg­end Mr. Sharpe the Peo­ple believe in it

Shapre’s Rifles 1993

In her piece about the his­toric prayer ser­vice today that will be offered at the Vat­i­can today with Pope Fran­cis, Shi­mon Peres, and Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Abbas (along with late addi­tion Ortho­dox Patri­arch Bartholomew I of Con­stan­tino­ple ) Eliz­a­beth Scalia notes the skep­ti­cism as the the util­ity of these prayers as a reflec­tion of Chris­t­ian skep­ti­cism with their own faith:

But we don’t really believe that, do we? Even as so many Chris­tians pre­tend that “meh, he didn’t really mean what he said about mar­riage,” and divorce again and again, or “meh, he couldn’t pos­si­bly have meant what he said about his Flesh and Blood” and there­fore dis­miss the Eucharist, we don’t really believe that he was pitch­ing blar­ney on some­thing as basic to the life and prac­tice of faith as the power of prayer, do we?

If so, what was the point of his teach­ings? Why bother with the whole bloody sac­ri­fice and res­ur­rec­tion and all the sub­se­quent mar­tyr­doms and mir­a­cles, if Christ’s dis­courses were noth­ing but fillers for a bad spir­i­tual salami, com­prised of 90% faith by-​products, and prayer had no truck with the Father?

That’s the ques­tion isn’t it? Do we say these words, to we talk a good game in pub­lic but when it comes down to it do we believe or do we not.

It’s easy to be skep­ti­cal, to look at the Pope and cri­tique his dec­la­ra­tion on the fam­ily and scoff at this effort that, as Eliz­a­beth says affirms the com­mon human­ity of all the par­ties involved.

But it’s even eas­ier to scoff at them com­ing together and call­ing on the one God for aid.

To the Chris­tians, the Jew and the Mus­lim who all pro­fess belief in God to deny the sig­nif­i­cance and the power of such prayer is to deny their own faith, to deny themselves.

To the skep­tic, I leave this quote from the third God­fa­ther Movie:

Michael Cor­leone: What is the point of con­fess­ing if I do not repent?

Car­di­nal Lam­berto: I hear you are a prac­ti­cal man. What have you got to lose, eh?

Plant­ing a seed does not pro­duce an orchard the next day, but plant­ing a seed is the first step to cre­ate one.

A seed will be planted today, how well it grows will depend on those who planted it, and the faith and the works of their people.

O you of little faith,  why did you doubt?

Matthew 14:31b

Major Blass Vivar: There is only a small French Garrison in Torrecastro. The people of the town know the legend, secretly believe it. As soon as we raise the banner over the little chapel, the people will rise up against the French invader.

Lt. Sharpe:   Rise up? For a rag on a Pole? Are you mad Major?

Louisa: It’s a legend Mr. Sharpe the People believe in it

Shapre’s Rifles 1993

In her piece about the historic prayer service today that will be offered at the Vatican today with Pope Francis, Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (along with late addition Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople ) Elizabeth Scalia notes the skepticism as the the utility of these prayers as a reflection of Christian skepticism with their own faith:

But we don’t really believe that, do we? Even as so many Christians pretend that “meh, he didn’t really mean what he said about marriage,” and divorce again and again, or “meh, he couldn’t possibly have meant what he said about his Flesh and Blood” and therefore dismiss the Eucharist, we don’t really believe that he was pitching blarney on something as basic to the life and practice of faith as the power of prayer, do we?

If so, what was the point of his teachings? Why bother with the whole bloody sacrifice and resurrection and all the subsequent martyrdoms and miracles, if Christ’s discourses were nothing but fillers for a bad spiritual salami, comprised of 90% faith by-products, and prayer had no truck with the Father?

That’s the question isn’t it? Do we say these words, to we talk a good game in public but when it comes down to it do we believe or do we not.

It’s easy to be skeptical, to look at the Pope and critique his declaration on the family and scoff at this effort that, as Elizabeth says affirms the common humanity of all the parties involved.

But it’s even easier to scoff at them coming together and calling on the one God for aid.

To the Christians, the Jew and the Muslim who all profess belief in God to deny the significance and the power of such prayer is to deny their own faith, to deny themselves.

To the skeptic, I leave this quote from the third Godfather Movie:

Michael Corleone: What is the point of confessing if I do not repent?

Cardinal Lamberto: I hear you are a practical man. What have you got to lose, eh?

Planting a seed does not produce an orchard the next day, but planting a seed is the first step to create one.

A seed will be planted today, how well it grows will depend on those who planted it, and the faith and the works of their people.