John Eudes: “a scourge visited upon the people”   5 comments

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This is from the blog Dover Beach:

‘THE MOST EVIDENT MARK of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics’ who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.

Instead of nourishing those committed to their care, they rend and devour them brutally. Instead of leading their people to God, they drag Christian souls into hell in their train. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they are its innocuous poison and its murky darkness.

St. Gregory the Great says that priests and pastors will stand condemned before God as the murderers of any souls lost through neglect or silence. Tot occidimus, quot ad mortem ire tepidi et tacentes videmus. Elsewhere St. Gregory asserts that nothing more angers God than to see those whom He set aside for the correction of others, give bad example by a wicked and depraved life.’

Instead of preventing offenses against His Majesty, such priests become themselves the first to persecute Him, they lose their zeal for the salvation of souls and think only of following their own inclinations. Their affections go no farther than earthly things, they eagerly bask in the empty praises of men, using their sacred ministry to serve their ambitions, they abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world, and in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits.

When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them. That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, “Return, 0 ye revolting children . . . and I will give you pastors according to my own heart” (Jer. 3, 14-15). Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge visited upon the people in consequence of sin.’

–St. John Eudes, ‘The Priest: His Dignity and Obligations’

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5 responses to “John Eudes: “a scourge visited upon the people”

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  1. The fullness of that Day is upon us. Let those who have His fire burning within their hearts hold not back. Let the word go forth from all those who have the genuine concern for His inheritance in the earth.

    Brian

  2. Good one Tim. I have written/ blogged on this type of subject quite a few times in the past year or so (again recently). One passage, from the Hebraic Roots Bible – A Literal Translation- that I often remind others of is Jeremiah 10. In v8 YHVH tells Jeremiah, that the people have altogether become stupid (He doesn’t mince words does He?). Then further down He addresses the reason why – v21 He tells Jeremiah “for the pastors/ shepherds have altogether become stupid, they have not sought YHVH (YAHUAH) therefore they will NOT be blessed, and their flocks will be SCATTERED”. Pretty heavy eh? Here’s a link to one of those articles I posted last Nov. https://gitardood.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/thoughts-on-modern-christians/

  3. Pingback: John Eudes: “a scourge visited upon the people” — The Road | Gitardood's Weblog

  4. I am sure that there are many ways that the Lord can judge or scourge a nation because of its sins. If there is no righteousness in pulpits, then why would there be any righteousness in a city or a nation?

    Jacksonites, Yours is a Bloody City
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/jacksonites-yours-is-a-bloody-city/

    • recall 2 Chron 7:14 – “If My people who are called by My name ….” and also Peter told us “for now it is time for judgment to begin at the house of God”

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