Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at Sunday Mass?
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Today I mentioned, inter alia, the spiritual works of mercy. Most of you know them by heart, of course, but perhaps there are some young’uns who have never heard of these things. We are called to…
- instruct the ignorant
- counsel the doubtful
- admonish sinners
- bear wrongs patiently
- forgive offences willingly
- comfort the afflicted
- pray for the living and the dead
“But Father! But Father!”, you might be saying, why did you break up the list? Is it because you hate Vatican II? No…wait… Vatican II abolished old lists… no… wait….”
Let me expand for a moment.
All of us obliged and able to perform the last four. Only some of us are obliged or competent to perform the first three.
In regard to the first three not all of us are educated or experienced enough to instruct or counsel. Not all of us are authorized to admonish. It is not our role in life to admonish, for example, our superiors in their various manifestations. Furthermore, we do not all have the aptitudes or “character” to admonish tactfully, to counsel prudently, to instruct effectively our peers. Equal in dignity as we are, we are not equally gifted or competent in all ways. We have to get to know ourselves and our limitations.