Friday, May 30, 2014
To The Priest Who Wrote The Following On Junglewatch.
This comment was brought to my attention by Cathy on May 30th at 11:36 a.m. A local priest wrote in Junglewatch regarding a comment that was published under a thread in one of my posts. His comment is found here. After reading his comment, it is apparent that his comment was not only directed to an anonymous poster, but to me as well. Therefore, this is my response, and..........if Father, you are reading this, please do not take it as an offense as it is not.
To the priest who wrote in the above weblink in Junglewatch:
You stated: " But the one thing that a priest has to look forward to is the brotherhood with fellow priests and a strong relationship with our bishop" . At the end of your comment, you also stated:
" I am nearly to the point of tears at this very moment thinking about this situation. I wish I had the courage to tell more, and reveal my name. Unfortunately, I fear the retribution that may follow. I look forward to the day when I can be confident that my pastoral father loves me deeply and truly.
Lord, how I long to feel the warmth of his fatherly embrace".
As a priest and a servant of God, God calls you to seek fellowship with Him and to build a stronger relationship with Him. He calls you (and each of us) to be holy just as He is holy (Leviticus 9:2) God is all you will ever need. Christ said to give up mother, father, sister, and brother. He did not say to replace these people with your fellow priests and Bishop. With all due respect, Father, God always comes first. And when you put God first, He will take away your lonliness and bring you happiness. Your fellow priests and Bishop cannot bring you happiness. Only God can bring true happiness because He is the source of all happiness and joy.
You know the story of the Prodigal son. The younger son was lost and spent all his money, which his father gave him, on frivolous things. Finally, he went back to his father's home. And his father welcomed him back. He gave the younger son a feast and everyone celebrated.
But there is also the elder son. The elder son who never left home and was always with the father. The elder son who was faithful to the father, and who worked with the father side by side. This elder son became angry and jealous because the Father held a feast for the younger son And all that time that he was faithful and working in his father's house, his father did not even give him one feast.
With all due respect, Father, this elder son is YOU. The elder son wanted to be treated the same as the younger brother and be given a feast. Because he was not given a feast, this elder brother feels unloved by his father.
God loves you, Father, and if you had experienced this Love from God, it would not matter who rejected you (even if it was your own mother or father). In the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way, there are youths whose fathers had left them to be with another woman, but the Love of God fills them that not even the rejection of their own father destroys them. Rather, these youths have learned to see their father's weakness and suffering and forgiven him. If you had experience this Love from God, you would understand why the Apostles went to their deaths singing joyously even when everyone around them was mocking them. If you experienced the Love of God, it would not matter what negative words were said to you.
In the Holy Bible, the father said to the elder son, "Everything I have is yours." The father had always loved both his sons. Know first that you are loved by God, and all else will fall into place.