Catholic Canon 212 Alert: Respectfully demand “No Sainthood for Pope John XXIII.”

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Canon 212.3 states: “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, [the faithful] have the right and even the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of the faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

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His Holiness, Pope Francis
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Ask Pope Francis to cancel his plans for the canonization of Pope John XXIII. If the Pope can happily accede to the wishes of “the Jews” – delaying the cause for sainthood of Pope Pius XII – there’s absolutely no reason he can’t honor the wishes of a few million faithful Catholics, regarding Pope John XXIII – who was apparently unable to understand the meaning of the common phrase, “If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” (Italian: “Se non è rotto – non aggiustarlo!”) (Latin: “Si fractum non sit – noli id ​​reficere.”) 

How to take things: When God says “No.”

It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, still another has a husband who is drinking. Some will say to me, “I’ve been praying, Father. Nothing seems to happen.”  I am not always sure what to say and God doesn’t often explain why we must suffer, or why he delays, or why he says, “No.”

Just think of how he answered Job. Job wanted answers as to why he was suffering. And God spoke from the whirlwind and upbraided Job with provocative questions meant to humble him. But in the end he gave him no real answer. He DID restore Job though. And somehow in the midst of God’s mysterious ways we DO have to remember that if we are faithful God is going to more than restore us one day. But in the midst of trials, future restoration seems pretty theoretical.

So, often in the midst of trials, the best we can do is to be still. To breathe, to sigh and yearn, and to weep with those who weep.  Scripture says, The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD (Lam 3:25).

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