All right, here we go. I believe this to be the most controversial post to date. Click this Article and take a moment to read it. this constitutes news in the Catholic Church. If the link does not work I added the article to the bookmark page.
Why would anybody be interested in looking at this old-school traveling circus? Why do people continue to put their faith in Sacramentals? Sacramentals are nothing but idols and false prophets. Sacramentals don’t bring people closer to God, but actually hinder our way to God’s kingdom on earth.
Do you want the kingdom of God? Jesus said “blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Luke 6:20
Jesus didn’t say yours “will be” the kingdom. No, he said yours “is” the kingdom today. Let us consider the words of Meister Eckhart; “…let us say that he is a poor man who wants nothing. Some people do not understand very well what this means. They are people who continue very properly in their penances and external practices of piety (popularly considered of great importance – may God pardon it!) and still they know very little of divine truth. To all outward appearances, these people are to be called holy, but inwardly they are asses, for they understand not at all the true meaning of divine reality. They say well that to be poor is to want nothing, but they mean by that, living so that one never gets his own way in anything, but rather so disposes himself as to follow the all-loving will of God. These persons do no evil in this, for they mean well, and we should praise them for that – may God keep them in his mercy!” (The Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle, 1978).
By praying in front of the Sacramental idols these people are held up as shining examples of Catholic faith. I say these people are just the opposite. By holding onto their personal piety they are putting up a road block to the kingdom of God. The media is unwittingly working to raise the height of the roadblock by publicizing the people’s acts.
Consider Meister Eckhart again; “As long as a person keeps his own will, and thinks it is his will to fulfill the all-loving will of God, he has not that poverty of which we are talking, for this person has a will with which he wants to satisfy the will of God, and that is not right. For if one wants to be truly poor, he must be as free from his creature will as when he had not yet been born. For, by the everlasting truth, as long as you will do God’s will, and yearn for eternity and God, you are not really poor; for he is poor who wills nothing, knows nothing and wants nothing.” (The Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle, 1978).
The Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle. (1978). The Fire and the Cloud: An Anthology of Catholic Spirituality In (D. A. Fleming, Ed.). New York: Paulist Press.