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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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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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On Sunday afternoon, I attended an EF Missa Cantata for the first time at a parish located farther away than what I’m used to. The schola’s Kyrie is still ringing in my ears. The priest likened Jesus’s setting aside of the deaf-mute to EF Masses. It was much more quiet, much more reverent, and as the Gospel said, “away from the multitudes.” I just might go again.
That same evening, I went to the regular OF Sunday Mass at my university. The difference is stunning (or should I say appalling?). The J-order octogenarian priest ad-libbed a lot (he has really poor eyesight, but sometimes his ad-libs go overboard). He also asked the congregation to chant the Per Ipsum (in English) with him. I just went there for the scheduled Confessions.
So I went from a kneel-to-receive-Our-Lord EF parish to a Mass-as-meal/banquet OF Mass. Only a handful of churches offer EF in this country, but I’m getting more and more convinced that it’s worth going to those churches.
EF 11th Sunday after Pentecost, the deaf and dumb man being able to hear and speak is symbolic of our own inability to hear the word of God. What is it that we listen to? Often the noise in the world keeps us from hearing God because His is the “still small voice”. By noise we mean the constant barrage not only of music, TV’s blaring but also our obsession with electronic gadgets. Oftentimes when people go on retreat it takes them a couple of days of withdrawal before they get over not having their cell phones or iPods. We need this silence to be able to hear God’s word. We need to hear the word in order to be able to speak it – this is why the man had to have both hearing and speech cured.
I talked about the ramifications of our belief in the Eucharist. Remote preparation, proximate preparation and thanksgiving.
In conjunction with the Gospel passages from John 6 over the last few weeks, I have offered a series of sermons on the Mass. Sunday’s homily focused on the transition from the liturgy of the word to the liturgy of the Eucharist. That seemed a good time to talk about the orientation of Mass, and I examined Pope Benedict’s comments on this from the Spirit of the Liturgy. To give people a chance to form their own impressions and experiences, I said we would begin having Saturday morning Mass ad orientem..
I’m on vacation in an other parish (in Europe), far from home. The pastor is a very mild, pious and friendly Oblate (OMI) and his sermon was very nice too – but then, at the end he said, with sorrow in his voice: “Woe (sic) to those who recieve the Lord with mortal sin on their conscience.”
The Deacon spoke about the Real Presence and how too many don’t believe in it. Then he spoke of the reality of the Real Presence and it’s meaning for us.
Our priest, Fr. Darren Connall, gave his third of five homilies on the meaning of the Mass, and this homily was on the Eucharist. He spoke of the Catholic understanding of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. After the end of Mass, he asked the congregation to please sit, and then shared with us, that as we are his family, and he is our “father”, he has recently been diagnosed with a aggressive type of cancer, the type of which I did not catch because I was somewhat shocked. He humbly said he wanted us to know that he would be undergoing chemotherapy, then surgery, then more chemotherapy, and therefore he would not be available at various times. He then told us that he has been asking for the intercession of St. John-Paul II and Our Lady of Lourdes, and that he has been praying the Rosary on the rosary that St. John-Paul II had given him in 2000. He then ask that we sing the “Immaculate Mary” as he, the deacon, altar servers, and various ministers recessed. There were very few dry eyes. Please pray for him, he is a good and holy priest that has been given a heavy cross.
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Visiting an out-of-town EF Mass where Father is doing a multi-week catechesis on the Lord’s Prayer. We hallow God’s name by doing His will.
Visiting priest, at Mass of Pope Paul VI, talking about South Sudanese people.
I attended Saturday night vigil because I had to go away on Sunday for a trip. We had a visiting priest from Nigeria and he preached about how people try to take the easy way out of things. He discussed the sin of laziness and how the people of America tend to lean towards that. He preached that the way of the cross is not easy. It was very nice to hear something besides Eucharistic Prayer 2; he used 3, a nice breath of fresh air for me since every church I go to uses 2. I couldn’t tell for certain, but I think he also crossed his stole (another plus!)