Say when … Friday, February 15

Padre Pio celebrating mass. His Mass would oft...

Padre Pio celebrating mass. His Mass would often last hours, as the mystic received visions and experienced sufferings. Note the coverings worn on his hands to cover his stigmata. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging. “Pilate, then took Jesus and had him scourged.” John 19:1. Have you ever been beaten up, punished for no reason? Or worse, blamed for what somebody else did and given THEIR due? What did you do? I know what I do in situations like that. I speak up, I let the other person know that I’m not the guilty party and I don’t deserve this sort of treatment. And I have no qualms about pointing out the culprit. All of which is nothing like Jesus, is it? I’m sure we’re all human, and I’m just as sure that we all have lots to learn. I remember that St. John Bosco was wrongly accused of printing subversive material. He knew he was innocent and could’ve proven it if he’d spoken up. But rather than talk back to a superior he humbly apologized and asked forgiveness. At one point certain people, folks who were jealous of Padre Pio, accused him of fakery. They claimed he was faking the stigmata. His superiors basically told him to go to his room and stay there till further notice. His reply? “Sweet is the hand of our mother (meaning the Church) even when she chastises us.” Of course he was vindicated in time, but it was because of others and not because he took up his own defence. There is, of course, a time and place for everything. “Christ-like” has never been and never will be spelled d-o-o-r-m-a-t. But knowing the time and place is, I think, part of being a saint. Being a saint is being Christ-like. There is a time to chase people out of the temple while you’re kicking over tables. But there is a time for being scourged too. There is a time in each of our lives when keeping our mouths shut and just taking it is the next right thing to do. The trick seems to be in knowing when. And this gives us something to offer up this decade for. The wisdom to know “when”.

Today … St. Craton. A martyr in Rome, he was a well-known philosopher, converted by St. Valentine, the bishop of Termi, Italy. Caught up in the persecutions, Craton was martyred with his wife and family. Now, being a philosopher, and a well-known one at that, don’t you think Craton could have raised a logical defense for his faith? With words, something well thought of and sought after (see Acts 17:21) in the pagan world, he might well have saved his life and the lives of his wife and family. Obviously Craton knew “when”.

“When” … Knowing when to speak up and when to remain silent is one of the keys to Christ-like wisdom and living I’m sure. Remembering where I left my keys, well, that’s the hard part.

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