Friday, April 25, 2008

Hugh Hewitt, Benedict XVI and "Pope" Jeremiah Wright

I am very impressed by Hugh Hewitt's insightful review of an extraordinary event by a Roman Catholic Pope from Germany visiting the USA.  Historical and at the same time almost subdued compared to the Papal Visits of the Charismatic John Paul II.  Pope Benedict XVI like his predecessor is an amazing man in his own right and based on how successful this visit was I can understand why they were friends with mutual admiration for each other.  Both Popes love Our Lord, his sheep, his church and all of God's children in this World.  JPII's Christ like forgiveness of his would be assassin in Jail comes to mind. 

 The simplicity of Pope Benedict's message of love, generosity and service to the greater good were uplifting in a Modern Day Sermon of the Mount kind of way and hit me in between the eyes while targeting my heart.

Pope Benedict XVI subliminally nudged Americans and the United Nations to get back to the basics by appealing to our better selves without being judgmental.  He is not as Flashy as JPII but and obviously that is fine with him and I believe just as effective for I saw less of the Pope and heard more of Christ's message coming from this Disciple of the Savior. 

Pope Benedict reminded me of the The Magnificat [Latin: magnifies], also known as the Canticle or Song of Mary.  It is recorded in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55). It is the Virgin Mary's joyous prayer in response to her cousin Elizabeth's greeting (Luke 1: 41-45):

"My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever."

The contrast of the message of the Roman Catholic Church's Pope with that of Barack Obama's Pope the angry, cursing and damming Jeremiah Wright could not be more striking.  Now that Obama's Pope J. Wright of the 10,000 member megachurch Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is back on the Airwaves this cpntrast is worth considering. Wright slams and condemns America while the Catholic Pope asks for God to Bless America and condemns no one.  Obama like his wife Michelle likely shares his "Pope's" view.    
Indeed, Pope Benedict XVI's words and visit did magnify the Gentle, forgiving and generous greatness of Our God!  A fine example of how the Holy Spirit can work through Men and Women when we are open to it......  Dominus Vobiscum...Thank Hugh Hewitt on a great review of the Roman Catholic Leader.

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