Sunday, March 11, 2012

Goodbye, Agent Smith

"You willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. "
(John 8:21)

If you only take away one thing from this blog, whether you are staying, leaving, just out, or long gone...return every corner of your only property - your heart - to its original owner. Challenge every groove and rut and obstacle that keeps you on Fr. Maciel's spiritual hamster wheel.

If you missed it last year this excellent essay by Mark Shea on real fruits deserves to be read in full:

"Once again, Father Maciel is instructive here: a man of massive organizational charisms who used those gifts to create an organization whose purpose, in the final analysis, was to supply him with means to pursue his proclivities and guard him from being discovered. 

He designed the robot so well that it went lumbering on defending him even after he was dead — because organizational systems, like computers, don’t do what we want them to do. They do what they are designed to do. 

Father Maciel perverted his charism to fool people into trusting him and then organized those people into a phalanx of defenders. He understood the Number One Rule of the Con Man is that a con man does not fool people. He gets people to fool themselves."