02 December 2013

It's Not about the Stuff

We don't need beautiful churches; they are appropriate because God deserves our best.

We don't need beautiful vestments; they are appropriate because God deserves our best.

We don't need beautiful vessels; they are appropriate because God deserves our best.

We don't have the Mass as a private possession; we have it because God loves us and wants us to praise Him, thank Him, love Him and receive His forgiveness.

We don't have dogmas and doctrine because we want to look down on anyone; we have it because God loves us and wants us to know Him, so we may love Him better and be with Him for eternity.

What we want is to worship as Catholics have always worshiped.  We want to believe what Catholics have always believed.  The trappings are for the glory of God alone.  The substance is for His glory, yes, but for the salvation of souls as well.

I have forgotten where I read the following, or else I would give attribution, but this declaration I find to be true, and extremely encouraging:

If the world hasn't ended first, a thousand years from now two things are certain:  there will still be the Catholic Church and there will still be the traditional Mass.

5 comments:

John Andra said...

I think it is from New Catholic, on Rorate Caeli.

dulac90 said...

"What we want is to worship as Catholics have always worshiped. We want to believe what Catholics have always believed."

Having just seen the documentary on Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, these words struck me as very similar to his response to the controversy in which he found himself. To the ultimatum to submit to the post conciliar innovations, he simply wished to say the Mass he had always said and teach what he had always taught...and ensure this would always be so.

If he had tried to say the new Mass and teach the new theology 30 years prior, he would have been run out of the Church. Suddenly, a few years of experimentation trumped thousands of years of teaching.

If the Rome that so confidently sanctioned him for preserving the Mass is the same Rome that now allows that same Mass...what else could they have been wrong about?

thetimman said...

Thanks, John. Will update when I get back to a desktop.

Dulac, always being careful to define terms. As in what do you mean by "Rome"?

dulac90 said...

Perhaps I should have used "Vatican". I didn't want to to say "Church". My intent being those in curial authority (in Rome).

How can adhering to the TLM go from being "schismatic" to "informing the Reform" in so short a time without questioning other zealous promotions of those times?

Long-Skirts said...


DISCO
DECAYED


Disco-decayed
They cancelled all color
Sanctuaries stripped
First Communions were duller.

No crinoline whites
Pale hues they stressed
Only pearled-Pharisees
Are ever so dressed.

Roses, carnations,
Flowers, all manners
Left just to wither
Gainst assertive beige banners.

Pillars of marble
Corinthian styles
They decided to paint
Like pink bathroom tiles.

Cassocks of red
Habits blue, white,
Robes of distinction
Extinct over night.

Missals with pages
Embossed in gloss-gold
Latin in tint
English-black to behold.

Even the ribbons
To mark scriptural prayers
Were of green, yellow, silvers
So to keep us from errors.

The soft votive flames
The red opaque glass
Gave an aura of stillness
Like time could not pass.

Yet time it passed
Vividness drained
And populations without color
Cannot be sustained.

So those underground
With red blood in blue veins
Birthed knowledge, the arts
Great virtues they gained.

They did not decay
God’s colors kept green
For the day up above
Once again to be seen.

Except for those beige
Banner-like-blind
Gray fertility fades
In their black open minds.