For ongoing education and spiritual growth, I am always reading. One of the books I am currently reading is Peter Kreeft’s Angels and Demons. As most of you know, I have often expressed concern that angels have been sentimentalized and even trivialized. Most people’s conception of angels is far from what the Bible describes! If you have read Peter Kreeft, you know that very few people can express things as well as he does. Thus I would like to give you a quote from his book wherein he masterfully and succinctly describes the tendency to eviscerate Holy Fear from “modern religion.” I will comment a little bit at the end.
All the current angel books seem to assume the angels are comforting. Yet almost every time a real angel appears in the Bible, he has to say “Fear not!” …
Religious fear, or awe, is an essential ingredient of all true religion, yet it has been systematically exiled from modern, “psychologically correct” religion … The thing the Bible calls “the beginning of wisdom” (Ps 111:10; Prov 1:7, 4:7, 9:10; Wis 6:17; Sirach 1:14) is the experience modern religious educators and liturgists deliberately remove or try to remove from our souls: fear and trembling, adoration and worship, the bending of the knee, the prone heart. The modern God is “something I can feel comfortable with.” The God of the Bible, in contrast, is “a consuming fire” (Psalm 104:4; Hebrews 12:29).
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I have no certainty of “being saved”. Whenever my health is poor, or things go against me, there I am blubbering away to the Lord: Have Mercy Lord, have Mercy!
The only certainty I do have is in the Mercy of the Lord.
Yet do not tell that to the “Evangelical Christians” who do believe in “once save always saved.” They will end up not agreeing with you.
What I find so astonishing about a faithful Catholic like Monsignor Pope is that he has been able to survive in archdiocese headed by someone like Cardinal Wuerl, who appears to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from, say, a man like Cardinal Burke.
What I find so astonishing about a faithful Catholic like Monsignor Pope is that he has been able to survive in an archdiocese headed by someone like Cardinal Wuerl, who appears to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from, say, a man like Cardinal Burke.