Good little article, a few words, pictures, to the point.
Good little article, a few words, pictures, to the point.
I had a day or two when I allowed myself to read some of the very fringes of “radical” traditional thought. I’m talking about blogs and sites that I won’t link to directly but are easily found; they sometimes contain interesting information, but interesting on the level of “infotainment.” Much of it focuses on the so-called agreement that is/was about to take place between the FSSPX and the Vatican. It is all way to cloak-and-daggerish for me. Some lay people and/or priests even leaked private correspondences, others rightfully criticized the leak, and back and forth. Bishop Fellay (Superior General of the FSSPX), in my opinion, comes across in all recent publications as a wise, mature, and caring father. The detractors often look to me like impious, impetuous and selfish individuals.
The FSSPX Asia recently published an open rebuttal to the general situation that I discuss above. I think it is worth reading and nicely summarizes the position of the FSSPX with regards to reconciliation with Rome.
Sometimes I encounter in articles or comments the charge of Phariseeism against traditional Catholics – the presumed basis being, traditionalists are clinging unnecessarily to appearances and law. The charge is really devious but also demonstrably false. It’s devious because it tries to mimic the actions of Jesus. It is false for several reasons.
First, remember that the accusation that Jesus made against the Pharisees is essentially one of hypocrisy; the Pharisees were all appearance. I submit that the Novus Ordo Mass is all about appearances. It bears similarity to the Catholic Mass. What about the fruits? What is in the heart of the celebrant? The lay people?
Being almost run over, watching people cut across the parking lot to get ahead of others, being cut off, being blocked from pulling out of parking lot — these are typical behaviors following an NO Mass. Parishioners who are pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, I meet a lot of those in my former NO parishes.
Though I am still new to tradition, I can say I have yet to see any of the above in a traditional parish. Those are the fruits that I see, the things that are obvious to the basic senses.
As for the priests, my typical the NO confession experience (when you can find one) has basically been “it’s not a big deal, you don’t have to do penance, try exercising (seriously that happened).” So I might not be able to see into the minds of the priests when they are celebrating the NO Mass, but get some idea from how they handle Sacraments.
I urge any Catholics to try assisting at a TLM, and see for yourself – regular attendance at SSPX chapel has made me want to be a better Catholic and a better person. This subjectively defeats the charge of Phariseeism, by being consistent externally and internally, in words and deed with the Mass of all time.
With so-called scandals, discussions on Tradition, SSPX, Pope Francis, etc there are those who push the needle to both fringes of lunacy (i.e. Pope Francis shook a Jew’s hand and pressed his knuckle, ergo the planet is overrun by Mason and we must look for a new home, and on the other side, Pope Francis washed the feet of 2 girls, ergo womyn priests)…I sometimes find myself being torn a bit to internal pieces. It’s just how I am, mulling problems over in the mind, looking for angles, for solutions.
Here is what I came up with: calm down. The grace of Jesus Christ will more than cover up foot washing, mozzetta foregoing, and Biden communioning. That is to say, re: the liberals, they are like the poor…we will always have them. And as for the Traditionalists who believe (with sincere hearts I’m sure) that gazing upon a NO Mass will send you straight to Hell, I say: checketh out thine own plank. I’m sure your own sins should be more worrisome to you and your own salvation.
I know that the Church, the mystical body of Chris on Earth is worth saving and fighting for. But you don’t see a human body grieve over the loss of a dead skin cell, and wounds heal. As promised, the gates of Hell will not prevail.
I saw this article while reading about something completely unrelated. Mostly it’s typical of mainstream media in the US, if I were reading it with a political eye. But it just goes to show that when there is an agenda to drive, facts should not get in the way. Example:
In a bid to reach out to them, Benedict in 2007 relaxed restrictions on celebrating the old Latin Mass. The move was aimed also at reconciling with a group of schismatic traditionalists, the Society of St. Pius X, who split from Rome precisely over the Vatican II reforms, in particular its call for Mass in the vernacular and outreach to other religions, especially Judaism and Islam.
Did she not do the research, or, did she do the research and then disregard it?
I noticed in mentioning Francis and Islam several times, she did not mention Francis of Assisi’s epic sultan conversion bid:
When he was brought before the Sultan and asked his errand, Francis replied boldly, “I am sent by the Most High God, to show you and your people the way of salvation by announcing to you the truths of the Gospel.” Discussion followed, and other audiences. The Sultan, somewhat moved, invited Francis to stay with him. “If you and your people,” said Francis, “will accept the word of God, I will with joy stay with you. If you yet waver between Christ and Mohammed, order a fire kindled and I will go into it with your priests that you may see which is the true faith.”
Since the movie came out, we watch The Passion of the Christ each year on Good Friday. This year, I started wondering about the character Abeneder… How did they know his name? Was it historical fiction, etc.
Eventually I was lead to learn of the existence of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich.
I am still learning, so I don’t know much about this person. But I recently looked into her visions with no small amount of curiosity, and here is an apparent vision she had:
August 10, 1820: “I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of Darkness is making progress, and I see the dreadful influence that it has on people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God day and night.”
“Last night I was taken to Rome where the Holy Father, immersed in his sorrows, is still hiding to elude dangerous demands (made upon him). He is very weak, and exhausted by sorrows, cares, and prayers. He can now trust but few people. This is mainly why he is hiding. But he still has with him an aged priest who has much simplicity and godliness. He is his friend, and because of his simplicity they did not think it would be worth removing him. But this man receives many graces from God. He sees and notices a great many things which he faithfully reports to the Holy Father. It was required of me to inform him, while he was praying, of the traitors, and evil-doers who were to be found among the high-ranking servants living close to him, so that he might be made aware of it.”
Does that sound familiar?
Here is the news of Benedict XVI’s retirement (h/t Religion News Service):
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing church leaders for one of the last times of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday (Feb. 14) that he intends to live “hidden from the world” after he retires on Feb. 28.
How about the part about the servant? (h/t Wikipedia):
Paolo Gabriele, who had been the pope’s personal butler since 2006, leaked the stolen information to Gianluigi Nuzzi
I just finished reading an article about a young man like myself (I imagine) over at Father Z’s blog. It’s really encouraging to see “movement” and people reacting to the Holy Spirit through the words of God’s messengers. We don’t always realize it, but all of us are potential and actual messengers. It’s rather amazing the kinds of things one might be inclined to attribute to serendipity, that happen precisely because an omniscient God has found just the right moment and just the right time to bring a message and those with an ear to hear together.
In the comment’s of that article, one “Allan S.” suggested that someone put together a kind of project kit for someone wishing to implement traditional Mass at an NO parish. I volunteered to do so – though I am totally a novice, I hope to find some answers, and start to put something useful together.
Things began happening around Lent of this year – approximately February. I turned 37 (thanks!). Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication/retirement. Since the election (US) in November 2012, I weened myself off constant news. One evening, I treated myself to a little bit of news – just a few headlines. I have no recollection what I was reading at this point, but I do remember four letters I saw in the comments – SSPX.
I thoroughly ignored the internet adage for sane reading, that is, “never read the comments” because that’s where the crazy is. (Ahem, I’m sure this blog will be an exception). But there was something intriguing about those 4 letters – first, I had never seen them. I try stay well informed, in fact I’m somewhat of a general knowledge hound. If I see or hear something that I am ignorant of, I try to learn about it – you know, for next time. Second, the letters seemed to be calling to me. I can’t explain it. I have had many — what I would consider — personal encounters with God. I’m not talking about personal visits over coffee. I’m talking about the quiet voice (1 Kings 19:11) variety.
So I searched for ‘SSPX’, and I’m sure many of you can imagine what happened next. But for the benefit of Catholics who are now where I was then, or any other souls who happen here, I will elaborate. But please note, I am using a casual perspective as I write this – (see About). The SSPX is the Fraternal Society of Saint Pius X, a “traditional” Catholic society of priests. Beginning in that moment, I clicked on every link I could find, I looked up every word I didn’t know (and there were many!)…for 2 weeks I really did nothing with my free time but read, read, read.
And that was about a month ago. I can honestly say that this was a tangible turning point in my life. I felt then and feel strongly now, that God led me to a door, slightly ajar. It was up to me to open it, to investigate, to learn, to make choices. I’m not done yet.
My goal now is to try to help others lift the veil – to see what is out there if they didn’t know, to point out information that may have been hidden, or misconstrued to satisfy someone’s agenda. And then each person must consider for themselves what God is calling them to do with that information. I have to give credit to some sources in particular for the great wealth of information they have given me. This is not an exhaustive list, these are a few of the people or teams that have been especially helpful to calm, inform, entertain, and educate me in the past month of upheaval.
First and foremost, the SSPX USA website, where I believe I spidered the whole site and read every word.
Rorate Caeli, what has become my favorite traditional Catholic blog.
Father Z’s blog, and in particular, this article, which caused me to take action on what I’ve learned.
There are many more, which I will add to a section of resources and links soon.
All of this has a much longer backstory, all if which I hope to share soon. Be sure to read Acts 5:29