Saint Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saint Catherine of Siena- Looking At Our Own Sins T284

As we look upon those in the Church who are spreading error and heresy, we may only have to look in the mirror to see the cause. Saint Catherine of Siena gives us words of wisdom as she related to the corruption in the Church of her own time. If she thought her own sins were the cause of such corruption, what should we think about ourselves?


But it seems to me that God's Church has a great shortage of good ministers because the cloud of our own selfish love has grown so big in our mind's eye that no one, apparently can see or know this truth. And therefore they do not love it, since they are so filled with sensual and particular love for themselves that they cannot fill their heart and their will with love of truth. And so the mouths of those who are made heralds of the truth are found to be lying and deceitful. And I dearest father can prove it so. For in the place where I am, the religious- never mind the laity, of whom there are plenty of bad ones and few good ones- and the secular clergy, and especially the mendicant friars, who are appointed by Christ's dear bride to announce and proclaim the truth, are opposing the truth and giving it the lie in the pulpit. I believe my sins are the cause of it... They have led the people into much heresy that it is pitiful even to think about it, let alone see it. And what makes them say and do these things is slavish fear of others, human respect, and the desire for stipends. (From Letter T284)

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