I’ve noticed that the MSM has not missed any opportunity to lionize Pope Francis at any time during his trip here to the US (with the possible exception of his visit to the little sisters of the poor which they ignored).

I’m a fan of the Holy Father and have absolutely no objection to him being celebrated, particularly if it increases the chance of people giving the church a 2nd look. That being said I’d like to give a quick reminder to our friends in the Media and on the left of some of the things this Pope has NOT said or done.

He has NOT redefined Mortal sin or their consequences.

While he has reached out to all and treated gay people such as Mo Rocca with respect as the catechism requires Homosexual Acts remain mortal sins that according to the faith “Cry out to heaven for vengeance” and remain to quote the faith “Intrinsically disordered”.

While Nancy Pelosi might have met Pope Francis and Democrats in the House cheered him alas Abortion not only remain a mortal sin but the very act of having or assisting in one still carries automatic excommunication in the church.

While Andrew Cuomo’s “Companion” been prayed for & many people with all kinds of relationships greeted with smiles and waves, he has not changed the rules concerning adultery or fornication both remain mortal sins and a danger to the soul. In fact it’s worth noting that the Catholic he emphasized, Dorothy Day was adamant about sex belonging to marriage and furthermore

She urged her readers to follow the entirely of the Church’s teachings on abortion, birth control, and divorce in a column published in the early 1970s—when the modern feminist movement was in full swing.

And While Francis held a mass for 20,000 yesterday and is scheduled to hold one for a cool million today he hasn’t changed the rules concerning the reception of Holy Communion, meaning that every time you receive while in a state of Mortal Sin you commit a band new mortal sin on top of everything else.

Furthermore while he has rightly and continually talked about the mercy of God, as he has for years, he has not changed the need to have perfect contrition for said sin or to confess such mortal sin sacramental to be forgiven. Said forgiveness being necessary to avoid the consequences of rejecting Christ, said consequences being as Jesus himself put it, “eternal punishment.”

He has not done this despite the fact Christ’s statement:

Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

applies equally to him as it did to every other successor of St Peter over the centuries.

Now as I said, I like Pope Francis, I’ve read what he’s written, followed what he’s said and largely agreed with it.  Furthermore I understand the tactic he is using to help people toward salvation and as he is both an experienced pastor and the Vicar of Christ elected by the college of cardinals after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, I have no business questioning said tactics. While I don’t have the slightest idea what God and the Holy Spirit are doing I presume and trust they do.

So to repeat it’s important to note none of the positive pronouncements of the media have changed any of the facts I have just laid out. Facts that said media, and many of the people they are spinning, would find extremely disturbing.

Alas they, like the faith itself remain the absolute truth and  people pretend otherwise at their eternal peril.

Saint James wrote the following words in the epistle that bears his name:  “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” James 4.14.

Many of us could attest to the truth of these words.

Many of us have lost loved ones or people that we deeply cared about.

I have been a minister of The Holy Gospel for more than 20 years (1992 to the present date) and I have had the blessing and privilege of walking with many families as they have watched their loved ones leave this earthly plane and enter into eternity.

The process of watching people transition from this temporal realm and unto the next is never an easy process.  As a matter of fact, one of my early Pastoral mentors informed me that “if I got too good at doing funerals and “home-going ceremonies” (a term for saying goodbye to loved ones in the Southern United States especially among our citizens in the Black American community – Smile!) than it would be time for me to quit the ministry and go into another line of service.”

My Pastoral mentor modeled before me a ministry of sacrifice, love, commitment, and empathy to All of GOD’s Children – especially “to the least of these” (Matthew 25 – The Parable of The Sheep & The Goats).

As of late, I have been hit very hard with the loss of two people who were very dear to me:  My Mother – Mrs. Frances E. Kelly (1930 to 2015) and my good friend Mrs. Tina Plemmons (1962 to 2015).  My mother was 85 when she died; my friend Tina was only 53.

Both of these precious ladies were – and still are – the epitome of the words of Solomon found in Proverbs 31.10:  “A Virtuous Woman, who can find?  Her value is more precious than rubies.”

Both of these women were devout Christians.

Both of these ladies were loving wives and loving mothers.

Both of these Sisters-in-Christ, followed the command of Sacred Scripture which exhorts believers to “Love The LORD Your GOD with All of Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and to Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself”  Matthew 22.37-40 (please confer with Deuteronomy 6.5 and Leviticus 19.18).

My mother Frances Kelly leaves behind her husband of nearly 58 years!  This time span of Holy Matrimony is a testimony in itself.  Some couples have a hard time staying married for 58 days let alone for nearly 6 decades…

In our culture of Self-Actualization and radical Self-Esteem, we seem to have forgotten that vows made to The LORD are not to be taken lightly (please confer with Ecclesiastes 5.1-5 which warns against making flippant vows unto The LORD Our GOD).

Tina Plemmons just celebrated her 22nd Wedding Anniversary not too long ago.  I remember the wedding service at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as if it were yesterday.  Tina and her husband Mitch were the ideal couple; both of them loved JESUS; both of them were madly in love with each other; both of them were committed to their families; and both of them believed in shared service and sacrifice.  To their precious union was born a son named Myles.  We need to keep Mitch and Myles in our prayers as they continue on without their Wife / Mother.

What do we say to our friends and loved ones when they experience the death of a loved one?

Do we offer up banal trivialities?

Do we stay quiet and love them with a soft embrace?

How do we help our friends during their grieving process?

After more than 20 years of ministry, I gladly confess that I do not have all of the answers.

What I have learned is this:  The Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST and His Triumph over Despair, Decay, Destruction, and Death is our Ultimate Source of Comfort in the midst of our Sorrow.

Our Savior invaded this earth nearly 2,000 years ago and He lived a short & simple life.  However, Our LORD experienced pain and suffering on a scale that we will never comprehend.

It is one thing for us to suffer as finite, limited, and frail human beings.  It was quite another thing for The LORD of Glory and Eternity to “humble himself in human form”; live among us; suffer hunger, want, and alienation – and then to die a horrible excruciating death which He did not deserve.

It is mediation and prayer upon “The Passion of JESUS CHRIST” that reminds me / us that despair, decay, destruction and death do not have the final word.

Our Savior rose from the grave on the 3rd day (on what is known as Easter Sunday) after His crucifixion and because He Lives We can Face tomorrow.

The old blessed song “Because He Lives” reminds us that:  

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth a living, just because He lives”

Mom and Tina, enjoy your Eternal Rewards in Heaven with JESUS!

I do not say goodbye because you both simply got to be with Our LORD first, but your “loved ones in Christ” will join you and follow after you when their time of earthly pilgrimage (1 Peter 1.17) is over.

LOVE ALWAYS – Smile!  🙂 🙂 🙂