Here’s an interesting note in the wake of my entirely TLM pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On the very early morning when we departed our residence in Jerusalem we had Mass at Midnight, using a proper for pilgrims leaving the Holy Land. After that we sang a Te Deum in Latin and headed to the bus for the airport.
Here is the Collect of that Mass:
Omnipotens et misericors Deus, qui famulos tuos ad te adorandum in augusta Redemptionis terra, benignus elegisti: imple misericordias tuas; ut qui labores huius sanctae peregrinationis susceperunt, et hic abundantiam benedictionis acquirere, et in terra viventium tandem requiescere meareantur.
Almighty and merciful God, who graciously chose for your servants would worship You in the venerable land of Redemption: make your mercies full to completion; so that those who took up the labors of this holy pilgrimage may merit both to obtain here in this life abundance of blessing and also to rest in the land of the living.
We had lovely Gregorian chant for the Mass. It was a fine moment for prayer and shared introspection with thanksgiving. That, in fact, describes many of the Masses we had.
As it turns out, there were US seminarians in residence at our place in Jerusalem. They are in the Holy Land for a time to study and pray, for an ordination retreat, and to have classes. I spoke with a few of them. One of of the seminarians dropped me a note. It included:
Three days after you left [Jerusalem], Fr. James Martin, SJLGBTQ moved in with a busload of aging hippies. They immediately moved the chairs in the chapel to do a “grace sharing” circle. When they finished, they treated the chapel as if it was a lounge that they could loudly chat in before trudging off to bed. I went in to pray after they left but two ladies stayed on to have the loudest conversation about … well … nothing! How frustrating. I spent a lot of time on my knees in reparation for the groups disrespect for the Blessed Eucharist.
Many thanks to you for all of your hard work and support of seminarians. You are in my prayers! Please pray for me and my classmates as we approach diaconate ordination.
I warmly applaud this seminarian for making acts of reparation for that irreverence. Thank you. I am encouraged that he wasn’t just scandalized by their behavior but was, instead, proactive in choosing to take on himself the burden of reparation.
Imagine my surprise that a pilgrimage group attracted by the slippery Jesuit homosexualist activist they would treat a chapel with such lack of reverence. Sometimes I sadly ponder the likelihood that they belong to a different religion.
James Martin, during a talk he gave in Minneapolis recently, talked about his fear of seminarians and seminary formation. It seems that they are too Catholic for him, not progressive enough.
Be afraid, James. Be very afraid.