It’s confirmed: Never give up! Never surrender!

At RenewAmerica, Matt C. Abbot posted about an encouraging event: confirmations conferred in the Extraordinary Form.  The account is a good read.  It included the following with my emphases and comments:


I discovered the Latin Mass in my early adulthood and attended occasionally. Some years ago, my husband finally agreed to try to attend. He did not feel like he could follow the Mass at first, [at first… but that doesn’t last very long] and felt lost. We also discovered the Una Voce group at our parish, which was one state over, but only 30 minutes from our home.

During some of our meetings I found out about the extraordinary form (EF) Confirmation, which was being held at select parishes around the country. [For example HERE] One mother was actively seeking to get EF Confirmation for her son at our parish but had little success, although the pastor, a canon lawyer, seemed very interested. Perhaps it was not the right time, but he said he would look into it.

Several years passed with no real progress, or so we thought. I started to ask our pastor as well. We got the same answer: that he was looking into it, and that he would be interested. Finally, my friend said: ‘We should get a man to ask!’ So my husband did, and lo and behold, we got the affirmative – our pastor would seek permission from Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville. I was almost sure the archbishop would say no. Sometime later, I asked our priest again, and he said that the archbishop wanted to do it and was excited about the idea! We were thrilled! [¡Hagan lío!]


The moral of the story is: persevere.  You need to keep advancing the ball.

Never give up!  Never surrender!

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“One will see cardinals opposing cardinals”. An example and a request.

RodriguezAt Akita, Japan, Our Lady is purported to have said:

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests); churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

Today we have an example of a cardinal against a cardinal.   While we grant that cardinals have always been against cardinals, today’s conflicts are particularly disturbing.  The stakes are very high, the points of dispute are serious, and the role of social media amplifies the confusion.

CRUX and other outlets report that Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga bitterly attacked Raymond Card. Burke and indulged even in name-calling.


He was among four cardinals who submitted a set of questions, called dubia, to Francis, seeking to dispel what they described as “grave disorientation and great confusion” created by the document.

In the new interview, Maradiaga comes out swinging.

“That cardinal who sustains this,” Maradiaga said, referring to the criticism of Amoris, “is a disappointed man, in that he wanted power and lost it. He thought he was the maximum authority in the United States.

“He’s not the magisterium,” Maradiaga said, referring to the authority to issue official teaching. “The Holy Father is the magisterium, and he’s the one who teaches the whole Church. This other [person] speaks only his own thoughts, which don’t merit further comment.

“They are the words,” Maradiaga said, “of a poor man.”

Maradiaga also criticized conservative schools of thought in Catholicism, of which Burke is often seen as a symbol.

“These currents of the Catholic right are persons who seek power and not the truth, and the truth is one,” he said. “If they claim to find some ‘heresy’ in the words of Francis, they’re making a big mistake, because they’re thinking only like men and not as the Lord wants.

“What sense does it have to publish writings against the pope, which don’t damage him but ordinary people? What does a right-wing closed on certain points accomplish? Nothing!

“Ordinary people are with the pope, this is completely clear,” Maradiaga said. “I see that everywhere.

“Those who are proud, arrogant, who believe they have a superior intellect … poor people! Pride is also a form of poverty,” he said.

“The greatest problem, however, is the disorientation that’s created among people when they read affirmations of bishops and cardinals against the Holy Father,” he said.

Maradiaga called his fellow cardinals to loyalty.

“I think that one of the qualities we cardinals [should have] is loyalty,” he said. “Even if we don’t all think the same way, we still have to be loyal to Peter.”

Whoever doesn’t offer that loyalty, he said, “is just seeking attention.”


In the past, Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga also publicly attacked Card. Müller, Prefect of the CDF.

Clearly Card. Rodriguez has not taken the time to get to know Card. Burke personally.  I have.  The judgement of Card. Burke which Card. Rodriguez has somewhat rashly asserted is, quite simply, the opposite of the truth.  I don’t doubt, however, that he sincerely believes what he said about his brother in the College.

I know that many of you say the Rosary each day.  I suggest that you say a decade of your Rosary for Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga.

The moderation queue is ON.

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Formation of a new “Latin Mass Society of Central NJ”

For a while now, I’ve been working with the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.

Since I’ve been mentioning it on the blog, I’ve received notes from all over that people are forming their own societies where they are.  I like to think that, perhaps, our TMSM has given some inspiration to others.

Today I received this from a reader, who is also a subscribed donor here:

I would like to inform you of some great news from the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ.

The newly formed Latin Mass Society of Central NJ will be celebrating a Solemn High Mass on 15 June, 7 pm at Our Lady of Peace, Edison. We are hoping this will be the beginning of many more celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Metuchen.

All of the clergy involved are local Diocesan clergy, and the music is under direction of Mr. Anthony Nardino, the music director of St. Peter the Apostle Church, New Brunswick, and the music director of the Rutgers University Catholic Student Association. Some members of the schola are alumni of the Catholic Student Association (like myself) so we are hoping that more students and young adults are able to come.

We are currently spreading the word to as many people as we can, but would you be able to spread the news to your readers, some of whom may be in New Jersey and in close proximity to this Mass?

Thank you for all that you do as a priest and all that you do with your blog. I would not have discovered the beauty of Catholic tradition if it wasn’t for stumbling across your blog 3 years ago when I was in college.

Linked here is the Facebook event: HERE

I am delighted to hear about the formation of the Latin Mass Society of Central NJ.


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View From The Venomous Fainting Couch

When liberals run out of ideas, they resort to personal attacks. Such is the case of Michael Sean Winters of the Fishwrap. We’ve seen his venom before. HERE and, especially, HERE

Winters doesn’t like the K of C’s politics, and so he attacks their finances.

Winters doesn’t like Fr. Sirico’s economics, and so he attacks him through his past life.

Winters doesn’t like Callista Gingrich, so he brings up her “platinum” hair.

Winters doesn’t like Michael Voris’s ecclesiology, and so he also attacks him with one hyperbolic ad hominem after another.

I think Winters attacks Voris so viciously because Voris had a past with same-sex experiences but now he is living chastely and openly states that homosexual acts are sinful.

To quote MSW’s vicious attack on Voris and Church Militant:

Attack, attack, attack. They invert Lincoln’s call: “With malice toward none, with charity for all.” They dish out malice to all and offer charity to none.

This epitomizes Winters.

This is cheap.

This is vulgar.

Stop it.

The moderation queue is ON.

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Fr. Murray on Card. Coccopalermio’s odd utterings about validity of sacraments

Today at TCT my friend Fr. Murray drills into the implications of Card. Coccopalmerio’s stunning statements which undermine our understanding of sacraments.

Coccopalmerio characterized the Church’s teaching on the question of Anglican orders as follows: “We have had, and we still have a very rigid understanding of validity and invalidity: this is valid, and that is not valid. One should be able to say: ‘this is valid in a certain context, and that is valid another context’.”

Valid according to context.

I would like to think that Card. Coccopalmerio is simply using the word “valid” equivocally, that is, loosely.  Alas, I don’t think that’s the case.

I suspect that we haven’t heard the end of this dangerous nonsense.

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A diocese entrusted to Our Lady

17_05_17_Morlino_AshtonHis Excellency, Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison and the Extraordinary Ordinary, recently consecrated the diocese entrusted to his charge to Our Lady of Fatima.

He said:

“Jesus, we now want to imitate you and entrust ourselves to your mother. Mary, Mother of Mercy, we entrust to you all the faithful in Wisconsin, especially those in the Diocese of Madison.”

At the same Mass, at St. Peter’s in Ashton, WI where my friend Fr. Tait Schroeder is pastor, several children made their First Communions and there was a May crowning.  More HERE.

More and more we need these moments of devotion and of consecration.  This centenary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima should prompt us to consider more seriously the requests Mary made, and remember always to do penance and make reparation for sins which offend her Immaculate Heart.

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ASK FATHER: Near occasions of sin when dating

From a reader…


Fr. Donald F. Miller C.S.R.R. wrote in the pamphlet “Questions Young People Ask About Marriage” among other things that dating with no intention of marriage in a reasonable time is a near occasion of sin [high risk of a loss of chastity in that situation]. Is this true? If it is, should kids stop dating in grade and high school? If it is, why have virtually no priests said a word about this, save Fr. Miller in this pamphlet from the ’50s?


Fr. Donald Miller was a Redemptorist priest and author active in the middle part of the 20th century. He appears to have written a number of good books and pamphlets, particularly dealing with moral questions. I can’t say that I’ve read his works, or am familiar with them, but on the surface, things seem pretty solid. His books have nihil obstats and imprimaturs.

However, Fr. Miller is not the magisterium. It’s important to note that, when a censor gives a book a nihil obstat, he is merely saying that nothing in the book contradicts Church teaching. It is not necessarily an endorsement of the book or the ideas therein.

When Fr. Miller wrote his pamphlet on dating, in the 1950’s, the cultural scene was much different than it is today – mostly it was better, but there were some things that were worse. Fr. Miller may have had some solid arguments for stating that dating without an intention to marry is a near occasion of sin, because such relationships might lead to being in danger of unchaste activity. While putting oneself in a situation that is, for one, a near occasion of sin is a morally questionable act, there was not then, nor has there been since, any solid magisterial pronouncement on the propriety or not of dating.

Putting the question into the context of today’s situation, I think we have to clarify exactly what “dating” means today. Among young people, so I hear, there is great pressure at a very young age, to put oneself in unchaste situations. As tragic as sexual activity within the dating scene of the 1950’s was, things have gotten so bad in many places that there is very little “dating” – merely sex, or “hooking up” as the current phrase goes. Thanks for this goes to the sexual revolution, the omnipresence of contraception, and the Hollywood culture that regularly broadcasts sex without consequences. Our young people navigate a world fraught with great dangers.

In this situation, there are some bright spots. Many good, virtuous young people are standing up to the culture that tries to get them to believe that this most intimate physical activity of which we humans are capable is nothing more than some enjoyable sport. There are young people who “date” – who see each other socially, spend time together, go out to decent movies or engage in sporting activities together and strive to remain chaste and virtuous as they discern God’s will in their lives. I think, since there is not any clear magisterial teaching on the matter, we are called to use our judgment – in conversation with our pastors, our parents, and other wise people in our lives.

As long as one is mindful of avoiding near occasions of sin, I think that appropriate dating can be a good way for young people to learn social skills, to discern God’s will, and even grow in holiness. At the same time, I do think that dating someone whom one would never marry can be a dangerous thing. Especially with teens, parents absolutely have a say in whom their children can and cannot date. Dating someone who does not share our Catholic faith, someone who is not interested in living a life of holiness and chastity, someone who has a history of past bad behavior – all of these things should be carefully examined by the parents as well as the one interested in dating. A common interest in a certain kind of music, or an attractive physique, or a mutual hatred of the Chicago Bears might be an attractant, but do not provide a solid foundation for a a potential marriage.

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Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

You have to be registered here to be able to post.

I still have two pressings personal petitions.  No, I actually have THREE now.  I can’t get a break, it seems.  Ut Deus….


During this 100th year commemoration of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, remember the central message Our Lady gave to the Church and to the world: penance and reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.  

Off your sufferings in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.


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Benedict XVI SPEAKS: “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.

In the spirit of GMTA… Great Minds Think Alike… I offer you the following.

Benedict XVI has written a brief essay as an afterword for a future re-printing of Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.  US HERE – UK HERE

The essay is provided by First Things.

My emphases and comments:

Ever since I first read the Letters of Saint Ignatius of Antioch in the 1950s, one passage from his Letter to the Ephesians has particularly affected me: “It is better to keep silence and be [a Christian] than to talk and not to be. Teaching is an excellent thing, provided the speaker practices what he teaches. Now, there is one Teacher who spoke and it came to pass. And even what He did silently is worthy of the Father. He who has truly made the words of Jesus his own is able also to hear His silence, so that he may be perfect: so that he may act through his speech and be known through his silence” (15, 1f.). What does that mean: to hear Jesus’s silence and to know him through his silence? We know from the Gospels that Jesus frequently spent nights alone “on the mountain” in prayer, in conversation with his Father. We know that his speech, his word, comes from silence and could mature only there. So it stands to reason that his word can be correctly understood only if we, too, enter into his silence, if we learn to hear it from his silence.

Certainly, in order to interpret Jesus’s words, historical knowledge is necessary, which teaches us to understand the time and the language at that time. But that alone is not enough if we are really to comprehend the Lord’s message in depth. Anyone today who reads the ever-thicker commentaries on the Gospels remains disappointed in the end. He learns a lot that is useful about those days and a lot of hypotheses that ultimately contribute nothing at all to an understanding of the text. [For more on his thought see his introduction to his Jesus of Nazareth, Vol 1. US HERE – UK HERE] In the end you feel that in all the excess of words, something essential is lacking: entrance into Jesus’s silence, from which his word is born. If we cannot enter into this silence, we will always hear the word only on its surface and thus not really understand it.

As I was reading the new book by Robert Cardinal Sarah, all these thoughts went through my soul again. Sarah teaches us silence—being silent with Jesus, true inner stillness, and in just this way he helps us to grasp the word of the Lord anew. Of course he speaks hardly at all about himself, but now and then he does give us a glimpse into his interior life. In answer to Nicolas Diat’s question, “At times in your life have you thought that words were becoming too cumbersome, too heavy, too noisy?,” he answers: “In my prayer and in my interior life, I have always felt the need for a deeper, more complete silence. … The days of solitude, silence, and absolute fasting have been a great support. They have been an unprecedented grace, a slow purification, and a personal encounter with … God. … Days of solitude, silence, and fasting, nourished by the Word of God alone, allow man to base his life on what is essential.” These lines make visible the source from which the cardinal lives, which gives his word its inner depth. From this vantage point, he can then see the dangers that continually threaten the spiritual life, of priests and bishops also, and thus endanger the Church herself, too, in which it is not uncommon for the Word to be replaced by a verbosity that dilutes the greatness of the Word. I would like to quote just one sentence that can become an examination of conscience for every bishop: “It can happen that a good, pious priest, once he is raised to the episcopal dignity, quickly falls into mediocrity and a concern for worldly success. Overwhelmed by the weight of the duties that are incumbent on him, worried about his power, his authority, and the material needs of his office, he gradually runs out of steam.”  [What an awesome few dozen words for priests and bishops from none less than Benedict XVI quoting Card. Sarah!]

Cardinal Sarah is a spiritual teacher, who speaks out of the depths of silence with the Lord, out of his interior union with him, and thus really has something to say to each one of us. [!]

We should be grateful to Pope Francis for appointing such a spiritual teacher as head of the congregation that is responsible for the celebration of the liturgy in the Church. With the liturgy, too, as with the interpretation of Sacred Scripture, it is true that specialized knowledge is necessary. But it is also true of the liturgy that specialization ultimately can talk right past the essential thing unless it is grounded in a deep, interior union with the praying Church, which over and over again learns anew from the Lord himself what adoration is. With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.

Benedict XVI writes from Vatican City.

There is a great deal to say about this essay.

First, it is of great interest that Benedict XVI should write this and should speak so clearly about Card. Sarah’s role as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.  This is a manifest endorsement.

Moreover, Benedict stresses the role of silence, which strikes me also as a deft warning about those who… well… don’t.  That could include members of the Curia who are set against Card. Sarah and, indeed, are working to clear the Curia and other institutions of the influence of Pope Benedict.

We should pray for Benedict.  He gave the Church a tremendous gift with both Summorum Pontificum and with his long-time reflection on the benefits of ad orientem worship.  I am grateful that Benedict as remained engaged.

Our liturgical worship is our starting point and our goal.  No initiative which we enter into as a Church will succeed and bear fruit unless first we have a revitalization of our sacred liturgical worship.  Our Catholic identity depends on it.

How important is the role of silence in our revitalization?


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Marian Procession in Chicago

Our friends at St. John Cantius in Chicago had a wonderful opening to their observances of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.  Among the other festivities, they had a procession.

Here are a couple of videos.

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them

UPDATE 17 May:


MassAngelPoorSoulsEng-b_correctedNow that I’m not on the road, I can give some attention this this once more.

People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass intention for 30 straight, uninterrupted days).  Many priests have parish Masses, so they can do this, but some priests can!  Therefore, I put on my yenta cap and ask here on the blog if there are priests out there who can take them. I then forward your requests to those priests.

I have nothing to do with the stipend, which the parties work out for themselves.


Petitioners/Gregorian Mass seekers: Drop me a note (HERE) and I will forward your request to a priest on my list. I won’t have anything to do with setting the stipend. Period.

In the subject line of the email put: GREGORIAN MASS REQUEST.  Put just that, only that in the subject line so that I will be able to find you in my email:  GREGORIAN MASS REQUEST  [UPDATE: It is amazing that people write and put something else in the subject line!  It’s as if you want me to miss your email.]

Priests: Put AVAILABLE FOR GREGORIAN MASS in the subject line.  Just that.  Not anything else.  Just that. Drop me a note (HERE)

Folks, think about this.  

Are you looking for a truly spiritual gift to give?  How about having Gregorian Masses said or the deceased priests who served you?   Don’t necessarily pick the priests who were seriously holy guys.  How about picking priests who were troubled or who were liberal and, therefore, probably not exactly faithful?   Have Masses said for the priests who really need your spiritual care?

I would appreciate your prayers after my own death.   I appreciate your prayers in this life too!   You can have Masses said for both the living and the dead.  Pray for your priests, dead and alive.   We need your prayers.

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European Parliament now has … *gasp*… a TLM!

I picked this up at Agenda Europe.

NEW: Traditional Latin Mass at the European Parliament

Thanks to the initiative of a Polish MEP, former Sejm Marshal Marek Jurek, there is now a Catholic Mass in the so-called “extraordinary rite” (i.e. the rite that was in common use prior to 1969, and which was defined as the universally valid rite of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius V following the Council of Trent) on the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. A first such celebration took place on 4 May, and a second is scheduled this week on Thursday 18th May at 8 a.m. in the “meditation room” ASP 00H152 (located behind the desk of the Office of Tourism, on the ground floor).

This is truly important. The Christian faith is at the center of European culture and identity, [NB] and the traditional mass is the quintessential expression of Christian faith. [Hence, of Europe!] With these celebrations, if they assume a regular character, the European Parliament will at long last be re-establishing a linkage to Europe’s true fundaments.

We will not repeat these announcements here on a regular basis, but trust that interested readers will manage to inform themselves, including by directly making contact with the organizers.

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More love from the Religion of Peace

16_05_13_OLFatima_200From Jihad Watch:

Mexico: Muslim stabs priest at the altar of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral


“A French Muslim stabs a priest in the cathedral of Mexico,” translated from “Un musulmán francés apuñala a un sacerdote en la catedral de México,” by Ana Fuentes, Actuall, May 16, 2017 (thanks to C.):

A priest who officiated at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City was stabbed last Monday at 6:00 pm by a middle-aged man who went up to the altar and stabbed a blade into his neck.

According to the archdiocese, the attacker, named John Rene Rockschiil, of Muslim faith according to the Mexican media, was arrested after carrying out the attack with a knife.

After calling the police, a Condor unit from the capital’s public security secretariat arrived in the vicinity of the cathedral, located in the historic city center, to transfer the clergyman to San Miguel Chapultepec hospital.

Some of the testimonies of the parishioners who were in the cathedral emphasize that some of those present detained the 35-year-old man, in addition to providing medical care to the parish priest Miguel Angel Machorro, until the aid services arrived.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

Ven. Fulton Sheen once wrote:

“This brings us to our second point, namely, why the Blessed Mother, in this twentieth century, should have revealed herself in the insignificant little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’. Since nothing ever happens out of heaven except with a finesse of all details, I believe that the Blessed Virgin chose to be known as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Moslem people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her Divine Son, too.

Evidence to support these views is found in the historical fact that the Moslems occupied Portugal for centuries. At the time when they were finally driven out, the last Moslem chief had a beautiful daughter by the name of Fatima. A Catholic boy fell in love with her, and for him she not only stayed behind when the Moslems left, but even embraced the faith. The young husband was so much in love with her that he changed the name of the town where he lived to Fatima. Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.”

Food for thought.

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.
St. Pius V, pray for us.
Martyrs of Otranto, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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Your Good News

Do you have some great news to share with the readership?

Let us in on it.

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A visit to a great parish

I was recently in Grand Rapids, MI at Sacred Heart parish. I observed there some impressive things which confirm other experiences I’ve had.

First, what they have done with the school – rather, Academy – there could be a model for pastors with struggling schools to think about. They developed a classical curriculum and a relationship with homeschoolers which has produced amazing results. I walked through the school yesterday with the pastor, Fr. Sirico, and we visited classrooms, including two rooms where Latin studies were underway. The kids seemed really to be into it, which was encouraging. They have daily Mass, often in Latin and ad orientem.  The growth of attendance over the last couple years is astonishing.  They have been adding a grade each year.  Next year they start an 11th grade.

The parish Masses are great. They have the TLM and a Novus Ordo with good music, chant, Latin. Confessions are heard during the 10 and 12:30 TLM. I heard confessions pretty much as quickly as I could during the 10AM Novus Ordo: they were well-prepared, which is a sign of consistently solid preaching and use of the confessional.

All, I have noticed a great growth in attendance at Masses. I’ve been visiting the place for several years now.

One thing that very much caught me attention, is the deepening of reverence at the time of Holy Communion. After hearing confessions, I helped with Communion at the Novus Ordo Mass. Even though they don’t yet have a Communion rail (I think there are plans to reinstall one) people knelt along the step to the sanctuary where the rail once was. Virtually everyone received on the tongue. This is a big change from the last time I was there. The pastor told me that they haven’t pushed this very hard. They made some adjustments to their liturgical worship and … it just happened.

This confirms what I have seem at the parish where I usually am on Sundays. All Masses are ad orientem. There is a “dialogue” between the NO and TLM. A Communion rail was installed. People just started using it. Now, virtually no one receives in the hand. The time of Communion at the NO has a sharply different atmosphere than it did a few years ago. Some of the change is due to music at the time Communion.

In any event, what I am driving at is that careful reintroduction of traditional practices can make a huge difference.

I have little doubt that the pastor, Fr. Sirico, would welcome a call and friendly chat about what he has been doing there.

¡Hagan lío!

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