++Mahoney at conclave: “My hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force”

Cardinal Mahoney has his own blog, in which he wrote about his experience at the conclave. This little tidbit is interesting:

When we eventually arrived at the Sistine Chapel on March 12, I was still pondering two or three candidates.  However, when the first blank ballot was given to us, and when it was time to write down a name, something powerful–and strange–happened.

I picked up my pen to write, and I began.  However, my hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force.  The name on the ballot just happened.  I had not yet narrowed my thinking down to one name; but it was done for me.

I wrote it, then trembled deeply.  That’s when I knew the Holy Spirit was fully working within the Church of Jesus Christ, and that my role was not to “select” the new Successor to Peter, but to “write down” his name–a name that had been given to me. (Source)

This applies more broadly to every clergyman in every daily situation. Their job is not to make decisions as much as to implement the decisions they have discerned from God (the same would apply to the laity, by the way). That’s why seminary needs to put more emphasis on spiritual growth rather than intellectual knowledge, even though the latter is important too.

4 thoughts on “++Mahoney at conclave: “My hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force”

  1. Thanks for this ,John. It is important for us all to trust in God, put our confidence in Him so that we can be diffident, knowing that He will guide us to His will and His word. Many saints have spoken of surrendering to Him in such a way.

  2. I agree but we must remember that automatic writing can also be from another source depending on how much one knows real discernment, which would allow for said discernment matches up with God’s Word.

    When I renounced any and involvement with reading or even
    listening and speaking with any form of occult years ago, automatic writing was something that was on the list, to renounce, so all the more reason to know that one’s heart is truly surrendering to what God Wills and not some hidden part in the person asking at some level for themselves or even from the one who is clever at impersonating God. There are certain criteria, that one can know when discerning, it says in a book about real discernment, sifting the wheat from the weeds, and a good rule of thumb for me is what does Our Lady, Blessed Virgin and Mother Mary say and desire. She wants what God wants.
    She wants what the Holy Spirit wants. It may not make sense but if it is good and for the good of all truly then it is from Him and Her, and many may not like it, too bad, many do not know God and thus do not trust His Ways are not our ways.

    God says what women want He wants, by that He means to be loved 1st and foremost with a love that is consistent honest and real and seeks to be loyal faithful and willing to die for the beloved if that is necessary and called for.

    I am not saying that God did not influence Cardinal Mahoney here but watch out for automatic writing.

  3. The Conclave is not a magic show which the pederast protecting yet lace-hating Cardinal seems to think it is. The Holy Spirit inspires men who are open to Him, who are docile and prayerful. I have great concern over not only the speed of this Conclave but also the pre-conclave machinations. Francis is our Pope, we love him as Catholics and we pray for him; but to lower his election to that of a magic show says more about Cardinal Mahony than anything else.

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