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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Saint Anthony of Padua: “Whoever conceals it in his preaching, denies Christ”

Bergoglio denies Christ in front of heretics and other false religions.

A sermon against many preachers:
Christ says, I am the Truth [Jn 14.6]. Whoever preaches the truth, preaches Christ. Whoever conceals it in his preaching, denies Christ. "Truth leads to hatred,"8 and so, not to incur anyone’s hatred, they cover their mouths with a veil of silence. If they preached the truth as it really is, as truth requires and as holy Scripture clearly commands, then (if I be not mistaken) they would incur the hatred of carnal people, and maybe these would ‘put them out of the synagogue’. But because they go by human standards, they fear human scandal; whereas truth should not be abandoned because of scandal. So Matthew reports what the disciples said to Jesus:
Dost thou not know that the Pharisees, when they heard this word, were scandalized? But he, answering, said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind and leaders of the blind. [Mt 15.12-14]
O you blind preachers! You fear the scandal of blind men, and so incur blindness of the soul! They do to you what the wild cow does to the hunter. Natural History tells us that the wild cow, when the hunter is pursuing it, shoots out its dung from afar and hits him; and while the hunter is hindered and delayed it makes its escape. To be sure, there are some prelates who do this sort of thing today! Like fat cows on the mount of Samaria [cf. Am 4.1], like fine fat cows feeding in marshy places [cf. Gen 41.2], they give the dung of temporalities to the hunter (the preacher), so as to escape his criticism. So Ecclesiasticus says:
The sluggard is pelted with a dirty stone. [Ecclus 22.1]
And the Lord says by Isaiah:
I will stir up the Medes against them, (preachers)
who shall not seek silver , nor desire gold.
But with their arrows (of holy preaching)
they shall kill the children (the lovers of the world). [Is 13.17-18]

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