Something for us to ponder this Holy Thursday in light of the upcoming synod on families! Pope Benedict XVI at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in 2012 criticized dissent from church teachings as illegitimate pathways toward reform and renewal.
Disobedience is not the best way to renew the Church!
“We are concerned with the salvation of men and women in body and soul. Zelus animarum leads to salus animarum. No one should ever have the impression that we work conscientiously when on duty, but before and after hours we belong only to ourselves. A priest never belongs to himself. People must sense our zeal, through which we bear credible witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us ask the Lord to fill us with joy in his message, so that we may serve his truth and his love with joyful zeal.” –Benedict XVI 2012 Chrism Mass
A Priests Near Death Experience
Changes His Life!
While reading the Comments and various news reports of the Pope’s address to the Priests on Holy Thursday. I recalled a program I saw on Mother Angelica Live in the late 1980’s about a priest who had a near death experience and how it changed his life. Fr. Steven Scheier was involved in an accident in 1985 while traveling back to his parish. He had a head-on collision with a pickup truck and with Jesus who had condemned him to Hell.
Fr. Scheier was standing before the judgment of Jesus. He doesn’t know how long it lasted. He says the Lord took him through his entire life, and showed him every incident how he had failed in his priestly service. Before the accident he was thinking there would be time to convert but during his judgment scene, Jesus told him there is no more time. He said he knew he was talking to Truth and when you are talking to Truth you can’t give excuses. At the end of his judgment, his sentence from Jesus was hell. Fr. Scheier said “yes” as that was the only logical thing he deserved. However, because of his devotion to Our Lady, (he was saying Hail Mary’s aloud as he was dying and then recovering) He was favored by God to have another chance. At that moment, he heard a woman’s voice say, “Son, will you please spare his life and his eternal soul?”
The Lord replied, “Mother, he’s been a priest for 12 years for himself and not for me, let him reap the punishment he deserves.” “But Son,’ she said, ‘if we give him special graces and strengths . . . then let’s see if he bears fruit; if not, your will be done.” There was very short pause, after which Jesus said, “Mother, he’s yours.”
I hope by including his story in this post it will help someone to save their own soul. We so easily put blinders upon our eyes and excuse ourselves from grave faults. Bishops, priests and laity take advantage of the time God has given you today to serve Him! Pray to God that he will show us the truth about ourselves today! It is not guaranteed we shall see tomorrow!