Why then do we pray for the kingdom of heaven to come if this earthly bondage pleases us?The treatise of St Cyprian on mortality
51. On today’s 🚵♀️ pilgrimage the question for contemplation is, “why do i tend to propose certain economically prosperous” people (white male catholics) “as cultural models (priests) for less developed” people; “instead, of helping each of those” persons “to grow in their own distinct way and to develop their capacity for innovation while respecting the values of their proper culture”???
DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD
FORMS OF SUBJECTION AND OF SELF-CONTEMPT
…i often have a “shallow and pathetic desire to imitate others” (economically prosperous white male catholics), which “leads to copying and consuming in place of creating”, and doing “everything (i) can to protect one another” and this in turn “fosters low…self-esteem”; …
If this behavior by “the few” does not end soon, we may not have an ordination for a long time.Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life, August 28, 2019
…reinforces clericalism while the faithful often passively go along and support this notion of divine specialness among the ordained. Typically, laypersons (“the few”) are encouraged to treat clerics with a great deal of respect, deference, and even awe.Clericalism Contributes to Religious, Spiritual, and
Behavioral Struggles among Catholic Priests
On today’s bicycle pilgrimage, knowing that I will be judged according to my deeds, I pray that I remain aware that I’m more “affluent” than many poor…, and at those times” when I “have recently emerged from” financial struggles, remember that it was due to God’s strength, not my specialness, and stand erect and raise my head, not giving in to “a resistance to” my earth passing away, and my “ways of thinking and acting,” which have “a tendency to look down on” someone’s “cultural identity, as if it were the sole cause of every ill!!!