Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It Could Be Me. It Could Be You.

The superior of S. O. L. T. has issued a statement further elaborating the allegations against Fr. Corapi. They are still allegations, but pretty damming ones. I don't know whether or not he is guilty, but things don't look good. I hope that people remember that the message he preached was not his, but Christ's. Whether or not he lived up to it, the truth of the Gospel remains.

The thing that haunts me the most is that it could have been me. Heck, it still could be me. We are all subject to temptations by the world, the flesh, the devil, and our own fallen nature. We priests have our own temptations. We want to be liked. We want to be appreciated. We want to have an impact. We even want glory and validation. (Why hasn't the nuncio called me about Baker yet?) Little petty desires that can be used to divert us from Christ. Fame, cash, and an above average ability to speak would only throw gasoline on that fire. Thank God I am not a 'rock star'. I don't think I could handle it any better than my brother John evidently did. Time to pay more attention to the Church's traditional wisdom concerning clerical and religious life. No, we don't all need to live like monks, but more discipline is definitely called for.

Oh yes, and it could be you too. We can only pray that we won't succumb when subjected to temptation and are given the means to fulfill those desires. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
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