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- GregB: It looks like the new church is coming to take the form of a high pressure boiler room marketing operation. Say whatever needs to be said to close the sale. Make the sale and charge the...
- frjim4321: I think his rationaliz ation of presider 8217;s-bac k-to-the-a ssembly is anti-incar national. Also, for him, where is God? Up in the sky? In a wall decoration ? And if he̵...
- Elizabeth D: Reading this, I am very much more incredulou s that Benedict 8217;s letter was attempted to be used by them at all. I am cringing for them. What a horrifying mess. So was the way the...
- Traductora: Francis and his coterie are flat-earth persons. That is, the earth is flat, a plain, a place with no depth, no reflection s, holding creatures that are just functional units. Their flat...
- chantgirl: Two other thoughts: Was the third secret of Fatima subjected to such treatment? Some trad bloggers (whom I respect greatly) may owe Benedict an apology. While Benedict could have been...
- RichR: Waugh seems to be contrastin g the Pian Holy Week reforms of 1955 with the Pauline reforms of 1970, correct?
- chantgirl: How incredibly insulting to ask Benedict to write a glowing review of this set, when one of the authors behaved in such a disruptive way during Benedict 8217;s papacy. I agree that...
- L.: “I seriously object to the dopey notion that liturgy has to made “understan dable”? 221; Father, I see and hear things that I don’ t understand at virtually every Mass I attend!
- TonyO: Oh. My. Word. ! Viganò must be a meathead for even thinking to use Benedict 8217;s letter as support for the series. He should have just tossed the project off as impossible and left it at...
- leftycbd: As I stated in the past, some brave priest should offer to do a talk on Summorum Pontificum and offer a TLM at this conference . We should start to take things back from within, just as...
- David: The last entry in Waugh̵ 7;s diary is a lament for the vandalism inflicted on the liturgy and the remark: “I shall not live to see things righted. 8221; He didn’ ;t.
- Mike: It is inconceiva ble that a faithful shepherd would allow this wretched spectacle to be re-staged in his diocese year after year. The forsaken Catholics of the Archdioces e of Los Angeles...
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- Sawyer: “Thi s was the beginning of a movement which was to reduce all Roman Catholic ceremonial to commonplac e and to abolish the traditiona l order of the Mass in favour of a prayer-...
- Sawyer: Here’ ;s a clip of a wacky gender-ide ntity petition that was read aloud at a morning prayer service in the presence of Archbishop Gomez. Don’ t tell me the archbishop canR...
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- maternalView: Most parishes around me tend to make the Mass relevant to our lives. The homilies are so general they can be interprete d in any way that makes you feel good. Often it seems that the...
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- maternalView: I thought Benedict was irrelevant to these people so it is amusing they felt the need to get his support for these books on Francis 217; “the ology̶ 1;. And when he...
- Benedict Joseph: It appears Pope Emeritus Benedict was being depicted as taking a long walk off a short pier when in actuality he took one step forward and two steps back on the shallowest ledge....
- ThePapalCount: Very, very true. The truth of the sorry liturgical mess we have now so clearly stated. Thanks Father Z for bringing this us. We must continue in our efforts to bring awe and wonder...
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- teomatteo: The “why involve Benedict?& #8221; seems to be clearer to me. The theology contained therein must not speak for itself since it is coming from a pope who has admitted that ‘...
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Daily Archives: 2 July 2006
You might object, Ã¢â‚¬Å“But Father! But Father! YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re saying that people in the pews have to be metaphysicians in order to pray!Ã¢â‚¬Â No, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not! Leaving aside the philosophy and theology lessons, the simplistic version (apart from being wrong) forecloses on further thought or consideration. By eliminating a traditional and accurate technical term, as hard as it is, and opting instead for something simplistic you kill reflection. By dumbing it down you slam door on understanding. People donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to be theologians or metaphysicians, but they do have to think. The pretense that we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand words or long sentences during Mass guarantees that we wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even think about the content of the prayers. We should be able to think about these hard things as well as expect FatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good explanations.
Truth brings us into the light and sets us free. Error binds us up, prevents us from acting like free persons. In the light of day we can walk freely and know where we are going without getting hurt or lost. In darkness we grope, stumble, and run against unseen obstacles. In todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Collect Ã¢â‚¬Å“shadows of errorsÃ¢â‚¬Â are presented like a horrible smothering envelopment hiding God from our sight and us from His sight as if we were caught in a dark forgotten tomb: buried alive. The wounds of original sin make it difficult to know what is good and right and true. Our intellects are clouded. When through either the working of our minds or the help of human or divine authority we discern the good, then we still need to choose it with our wounded will. We often convince ourselves that actions which are in reality bad, wrong and false are actually good, right and true. Thus we come to believe we are Ã¢â‚¬Å“freeÃ¢â‚¬Â and acting rightly when doing things that are quite wicked. If this is habitual, after a while we numb ourselves both to the truth and also to error and sin. Once we are enwrapped up in the darkness of errors, which began in self-deception, ever after we lurch through life like horror movie zombies, grotesque mockeries of what God intended for His holy images. However, God makes it possible to put off the darkness and put on the light (Rom 13:12-14). By the merits of ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sacrifice and through His sacraments and teaching through the Church we can be the free and beautiful images God wants us to be in this life and later in life everlasting. This is what every restless human heart truly desires. As Augustine wrote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Late have I loved You, O Beauty so ancient, and so new. You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I rushed headlong upon these lovely things which you have made. You were with me but I was not with you. Created things kept me far from You, those things which could not exist but in You. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed you fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burn for your peaceÃ¢â‚¬Â (Confessions 10,27). Continue reading
If this is a sample of what we have to look forward to, I think we have real cause for hope. I compliment the bishops on their good choices and thank them for the encouraging demonstration of what can be accomplished. Continue reading
We have here a juxtaposition of pairs of images/concepts: light – freedom, darkness – imprisonment. Truth is something that brings us into the light and sets us free. Error is something that binds us up and prevents us from acting like free persons. The Latin collect error sound like a horrible wrapping that envelopes us, mummy like, and hides us away in a dark and forgotten tomb. Because of Original Sin it is very difficult to know what is good and right a true. Our intellects are clouded. But when we do discern what is good and right and true, because in the tangle of our minds we reason to it or because a human or divine authority has helped us to it, then we need to choose it. That is also very hard at times. We can deceive ourselves into thinking that some things which are in reality bad, wrong and false are actually good and right and true. We can actually get to think we are acting freely and rightly in doing things that are wrong. After a while we become numbed to both the truth and virtue and error and sin alike. We move through life, zombie-like, from that point, a mockery of what human beings are intended by God to be. Clearly, the Holy Father was pointing to something very important when using an image of splendor and light when addressing to foundations of Catholic moral theology. Continue reading