Run across while looking for something else: What kind of sinner are you?

From the minor friar:

When dealing with sinful habits the real moral and spiritual danger is perhaps not the occasional slip or fall into the behavior, but giving into discouragement, despair, or the doubt that God’s love is abiding that can lead to scruples.

The question of being a Christian is not whether to be a ‘saint’ or a ‘sinner,’ but of deciding what kind of sinner you want to be; the sinner who lets sins lead to discouragement and an increasing selfishness, or the sort of sinner who allows the experience of sin to lead to humility and an abiding awareness of the immense mercy of God, a mercy which one can then radiate to others.

Try that on for size, why don’t you?

A Doctrinal Comparison – The Traditional Mass vs. New Mass, Sacrifice vs. Meal

A liturgical rupture:

The Traditional Mass The New Mass
A sacrifice linked to the sacrifice of the Cross, expressed in:

1. Offertory = oblation of the victim

2. Double consecration = immolation of victim

3. Communion = consummation of victim

The entire Mass is directed toward the sacrificial act. Sacrifice is the primary end; thanksgiving is one among other secondary, subordinate ends.

A meal linked to the Last Supper, expressed in:

1. Presentation of the gifts = berakah or blessing of the food, leading up to the Offertory, wherein the Jewish grace before meals is the main prayer

2. Eucharistic prayer = canon of the New Mass; it is primarily a prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts received; it is in this context that the consecration is performed

3. IG n.48 = breaking and partaking of the bread instead of consummation of the victim

The Mass is a memorial meal, which makes the mysteries of Redemption present, among them the sacrifice of the Cross and the Resurrection, which have at least equal footing

First of a series.