What … Who … Huh?

This is the key point, the Pope stressed: “Jesus is risen.”

But, the Holy Father continued, it is not always easy to understand . The Pope then recalled that when St. Paul spoke to the Greeks in Athens he was listened to with interest up to when he spoke of the resurrection. “This makes us afraid , it best to leave it as is.” Pope Francis said.

The Pope noted that “there are also the Christians who are embarrassed. They are embarrassed to “confess that Christ is risen.

…said Pope Francis there is the group of Christians who ” in their hearts do not believe in the Risen Lord and want to make theirs a more majestic resurrection than that of the real one . These, he said are the “triumphalist” Christians.

“They do not know the meaning of the word ‘ triumph ‘ the Pope continued, so they just say “triumphalism”, because they have such an inferiority complex and want to do this …

When we look at these Christians , with their many triumphalist attitudes , in their lives, in their speeches and in their pastoral theology, liturgy , so many things , it is because they do not believe deep down in the Risen One . He is the Winner, the Risen One. He won..”

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Editor’s note: The Holy Father should be much more specific when he aims to “dis” entire groups of Christians. For starters, he might tell us precisely what and/or who he is talking about.

The term “Triumphalism” doesn’t even appear in the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia, so it can’t possibly be a reference to Pope Francis’ old fashioned, favorite target – the dreaded Pelagians!

What should we take away from this? Best guess: Always giving Christ the glory and the credit, because it the power of his grace … not anything we might do all by ourselves … which makes real victory possible.

It would have been nice if the Holy Father fully explained himself – but that would have required at least some preparation and an essential working knowledge of Catholic theology.

“Coincidence” is the Holy Spirit’s Middle Name – “Viva Cristo Rey!”

New Movie, opening June 1: For Greater Glory

For Greater Glory (formerly entitled Cristiada.) The must see movie for 2012 for all American Catholics and all of our fellow Americans who cherish religious liberty.

At a time when the Obama administration is firing the opening shots in a struggle against the religious freedom of Catholics, and exploiting a de facto schism within the Church in America to accomplish their ends, a film is being released this election year detailing the struggle of Mexican Catholics in the last century against a bitterly anti-Catholic regime.

Most of the time in life coincidences are merely coincidences, but sometimes I suspect they are sent by God for His purposes. In any case it appears to be a worthy movie to retell the heroic story of Mexican Catholics and their fight for the Church and freedom.

Read more. Watch the trailer.

Editor’s note: This movie has a more universal theme, a more well known cast, and addresses a much broader audience than did The Passion of the Christ, which was arguably responsible for firming up the Christian vote against that year’s pro-abort, pro-homosexual Democratic presidential candidate, and which may well have been responsible for the generally more positive outcome of that election.

For Greater Glory illustrates the problems godless tyrants invariably experience whenever they attempt to persecute or suppress heroic people dedicated to faith and freedom.

As Ed Morrissey notes: With a cast that includes Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, and Catalina Sandino Moreno as well as Eva Longoria and Oscar Isaac, the film about the Cristero War in Mexico in the late 1920s will be hard to ignore.

Memories From the Tombstones of Early Christians

Memories From the Tombstones of Early Christians

FL CRISPINVS AYRELIAE ANIA
NETI BEN . M . COIVGE QVE VIXIT AN
XXVIII QVEM COIVCE HABYI AN
VIIII KARITATE SINE VLA ANIME MEI
LESIONE VALE MICHI KARA IM PACE
CVM SPIRITA XANTA VALE IN PX
“Flavius Crispinus to Aurelia Aniane, most worthy wife,
who lived 28 years. We were married for 9 years with love, and
she never gave me cause for pain. Farewell, my dear. Be at peace
with the holy souls. Farewell in Christ!” (ICUR, IV, 12566).

Christianity promises victory over death and hell. To see what the earliest Christians truly believed, and how they personally addressed the issue, go here:

Memories and Tombstones