Recurrence – Understanding Pope Francis

If darkness incites mischief and I were an ageing teen, perhaps the latter would not conceal the ingenuity at stake of the former. There are days when the forbidden seems out of reach but also those days when the time is just ripe to exploit. If then, can a breach of hostel curfew be an adventure?If darkness incites mischief and I were an ageing teen, perhaps the latter would not conceal the ingenuity at stake of the former. There are days when the forbidden seems out of reach but also those days when the time is just ripe to exploit. If then, can a breach of hostel curfew be an adventure?Gopal, my friend and hostel mate, came to my room. The time was way past 11:00 p.m. It was rather unusual in our hostel to intrude into another’s room at such an hour. His face was of one who had been panic stricken. “Maybe my awful state I was in showed that he was horrified to look at me. Perhaps the pain that showed on my face was the result of a bad tooth”, I thought. My face had swelled up disproportionately. It had almost become grotesque.

The wind outside was quiet and serene, only punctuated now and then by a creepy disturbance. The calm, the quiet and the peace outside attracted us. Should we go out and become one with the darkness and the stillness? A thousand times gladly, if not, for the hostel night curfew. Stealthily we made our way out through an exit to the terrace. We had breached the forbidden door.Out in the open, only the darkness and the night sky surpassed our freedom.  The cold wind blew silently between us. We whispered and kept ourselves warm. Long standing memories and coveted secrets spilled out. It was long after midnight that we decided to go back.The dead calm that night, I still remember, was unusual. Was it an adventure?  I bet it was and more so because Gopal had passed away a month before this happened.

 

Understanding Pope Francis

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. “When a Jesuit says ‘discernment,’ they’re employing a term that has a very rich spiritual tradition within the Society of Jesus, so you can presume a lot in that,” said Fr. Brian Reedy to CAN in an interview.

Christ did this, he said, “to specifically avoid a kind of legalism that just wants a solid answer that can then be manipulated in some way,” whereas true discernment means “you’re not interested in rules for the sake of rules, (or) tools that can be manipulated or used as weapons; what you’re interested in is finding the best, the truest, the most holy, the most transformative.”

In essence, “you’re always looking for what is the spirit of the law: why does the law exist, what it is, what is it trying to do?” What can be done is to “have people trained in what the rules are, why they exist, and how to help these people engage that system in a way that can contribute toward their holiness, to their growth in conforming to Christ.”
“I’ve never gotten the sense that is what Francis is saying,” he reflected, explaining that in his view, given Francis’ background, what he is  trying to do is to “train people in this: in the proper camp of moral reasoning, which extends from permitted all the way to transformative, how to help people function there in a way that can be messy, but also prevent them from crossing the line into what is forbidden.”http://googleweblight.com/i?u=http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/to-understand-pope-francis-you-have-to-understand-the-jesuits-23526&hl=en-IN.

 

David

[ David is a 3rd year student of philosophy at JDV]