“The only and exclusive source of the visible institutions of the Church are the sacraments born out of the Side of Christ, among them the Eucharist and the Baptism that prepares it.

Sometimes, we hear about «sacramentalism», opposing it to evangelization (Evangelii Nuntiandii 47), but this overlooks that there, in the administration of the sacraments supporting the global catechesis, there is a hidden organization hidden in the bosom of the people who is faithful to God. Who wants a pastoral institution, without perfecting the baptismal grace to extend the Kingdom of Christ? What is the purpose of a mission or a diocese with its parishes? Is it not to consolidate life? And how to you consolidate life without a wholesome sacramental institution, whose «admirable fecundity of grace and holiness is a living expression of supernatural life» (Ev Nunt 47)? This is what underlies our apostolic constancy, which creates the institutions.”

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (future Pope Francis)

Spiritual exercises for Spanish bishops (my translation)

 

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  1. Jessica says:

    I used to joke about the number of isms in anthropology, but Catholicism takes the cake! Now I have to figure out what sacramentalism is!

  2. jong says:

    Dear Pedro G.
    To continue our brotherly discussion on Woman ordination, I stumbled upon this prophetic words of Stephen Walford in Mike Lewis interview; https://wherepeteris.com/interview-with-catholic-author-stephen-walford-part-1/. And I do hope Mike Lewis future article on woman ordination will ponder and incorporate this reflections.

    “” The principle is that as the Church moves ever closer to the end of time, it understands its doctrines more and more –closer to how Jesus himself sees them– and it acts more and more as a mother to humanity. This explains why in the same era that the divine mercy message of Jesus has been proclaimed through the mystical revelations given to St. Faustina Kowalska, the Magisterium of successive popes has been inspired to preach the same message. Mercy is the antidote to the onslaught of evil and the maternal nature of the Church understands this far more than it did even a century ago.” (Stepehen Walford)

    The New Face of the Church is now slowly being revealed, the New Church must have the Face of a Loving & Merciful Mother, the New Church will bear the Face of the Woman, why? Because we are now approaching Genesis3:15. Pope Francis said there are two dimension of the Church ministry, Apostolic and Marian dimensions. As we come near the end times, the Church must bear the Face of the Woman, the Mother of Mercy.

    St.JP2 open the Main Door of the Church saying “Be not afraid, open wide the door to Christ”. and Pope Francis in 2015 extended it further by opening the Door of Sanctuary, he had open the Door of Mercy for all of us esp. to the lost & wounded souls.

    I believe that although “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis” had closed the door to woman ordination and even Pope Francis had stated clearly he is not going the opposite path. It is only my personal conviction, that in order for the Church to have the New Face, the ordination of woman will be the main triggerpoint for the Church full purification in order to realize Cardinal Ratzinger prediction that “the Church will be reduced to a small but a more pious Church”, the Church is heading towards the Upper Room again for the Second Pentecost and this time the “outpouring of the new gifts of the Holy Spirit” will enable the Church to have it’s New Fresh Authority to ordain woman into deaconate and priesthood.
    This is the fulfillment of the Cenacle Prayer founded by Fr.Stefano Gobbi, the coming of the Second Pentecost will give the Church the Authority it lacks to ordain woman into priesthood.
    Check this link; “The Cenacle A Preparation for the Second Pentecost” https://mmp-usa.net/the-purpose-of-the-cenacle/

    In closing, let’s ponder the words “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women”. This is Mary’s ordination in the hands of a Chief Archangel a “celestial prophet” because God does nothing without a prophet (Amos3:7), the word “Hail” is an invocation to bring down the gifts of the Holy Spirit and Mary became “full of grace” and “the Lord is with you” signifies the “spiritual mark” on Mary’s soul that She is now the Queen Priestess of Heaven & Earth. And Archangel Gabriel pronounces the blessings. And after, as the Church Traditions said, Mary is the only one who can pronounced the consecration “this is my body, this is my blood” profoundly because her immaculate body is a living host, and the Holy Spirit come down to form the Logos in the Her immaculate body. Mama Mary is the “Living Holy Eucharist” in the Mystery of Incarnation, that’s why the Holy Spirit after forming the Logos had to overshadowed Her, the New Ark of the Covenant had visited St.Elizabeth house, and Mary’s faculties as Queen Priestess imitating the “greetings of the angel” had “filled with the Holy Spirit” St.John and imprinted in his soul the mark of the Holy Spirit.(St.Vincent De Paul reflections) Note : the above reflections was taken from this link ://stchrysostoms.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/the-priesthood-of-mary/
    Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us. (St.Pius X, 1906)

  3. Marie says:

    Thank you for this Pedro. I have heard Pope Francis is not known as an academic, and I’m certainly not well versed to comment on that, but personally I find such depth in his writings, his homilies and even his off the cuff remarks that so many say lack clarity.

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