Let's take a look again at this notion of this so-called "god of surprises". Again I'll link to the Pope's closing address at the SinNod. I'm not certain that I dealt with it thoroughly in the last post and want to do so for we are seeing way too many manifestations of clergy bowing before this idol.
He chides those whom he considers embroiled in "hostile inflexibility". Supposedly we close ourselves within "the written word" and don't allow ourselves to be "surprised by God". Now think of it. What would cause the serious, faithful Catholic to be surprised, even alarmed, if they were to encounter something that seemed off the mark? Most likely it would be some deviance from God's word. There's no doubt that our understanding of God's written word is not perfect; but in many cases neither is that understanding completely lacking. The Catholics who have made good faith attempts to study their faith and to live it out (via prayer, Sacraments, good works) are, to varying degrees, able to perceive spiritual danger. Often that spiritual danger is signaled by a divergence from God's written word as found in Scripture and/or Church tradition. Thus the "surprise" that some may experience is really a red flag, a warning that spiritual peril is afoot; rather than embracing that source of "surprise" perhaps it should be fled, as Peter urges us to do with Satan.
The Pope has suggested that "God always surprises". "Always"??? I can see surprises happening from time to time, but if one is always surprised, perhaps that tendency betrays an abysmal ignorance of the faith OR they are dabbling with spiritual forces that will lead to their eternal perdition.
Dare I suggest that any attempt to dissuade Catholics from reliance on God's written word in favor of some "surprise" is itself seduction by the devil?
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