Here’s lookin’ at you, Father, vs. here’s all of us lookin’ at God.
The liturgy under discussion is spelled out, encapsulated, here, in passages from “The Priority of Religion and Adoration over Communion,” by Peter Kwasniewski: Whenever the Mass is celebrated more like a meal, versus populum [facing the people], without silence, without serious elevations and double genuflections, with a memorial acclamation breaking in on our acts of … Continue reading Pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God continued . . .
Should we fit worship to the worshipers? (Bunch of worshipers coming, what do we have for them? Something special, please.) Or worshipers to the worship? (Solid stuff here, take it or leave it, trust us, you will not regret it, even in this life.) Consider the first. It’s the Protestant way and successful to a … Continue reading Bad, bad pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God — with mucho benefits for men, women, and children but not pandering to their momentary interests . . .
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From UK’s Latin Mass Society’s spokesman, analyzing the situation with admirable sang froid: In [“extraordinary form,” Latin mass] celebrations, Holy Communion . . . may not be distributed in the hand, according to the universal liturgical law applicable to them. Should the spread of COVID-19 necessitate suspension of distribution of…
Pat preached. He had two points to make, he said, “before I get to Peter.” Peter was the deceased, his friend of 49 ½ years, since the two of them entered the Jesuits. Pat’s two points were that he stood on “holy ground” there in the retirement center for Jesuits of eight upper Midwestern states … Continue reading WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000
Aggressively sought today by a fellow worshiper two pews ahead of me for what was sure to be an aggressive handclasp, I held back. It didn’t matter. My fellow worshiper was not to be denied. I knew I had to act and act fast, or all was lost. Come up with something or be crushed … Continue reading Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire
Sample bon mot from chapter about what to do with your imagination. Narcissus [a] moral idiot. He became enamored of his reflection in the water. He wanted to discover, in the jargon of our day, his “inner child.” But anyone who wants to find his inner child without locating the source of life in God is … Continue reading Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .