Pseudo-literary salute to liturgy for the sake of God continued . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Communion in the hand(s) no safer than on the tongue? Attending mass without communion may be your best choice.

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
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…

WHEN A FRIEND CROSSES THE BAR . . . A Jesuit funeral sermon, February, 2000

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

Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire

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

Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .

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 . . .

Pope at Angelus: May our whole life be a “yes” to God – Vatican News

Says Pope Francis today: “Openness to God is found in the openness to take on the needs of one’s neighbor”. The wise Francis here. Now if he would do away with his inveterate ambiguity in matters of doctrine. You don’t have to trash the brand to urge its application.

Decline & fall of a sermon-time doze

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
I was neither flummoxed nor gobsmacked when the preacher tossed off a reference to “Captain Grimes in Decline and Fall” this morning.  I was, however, wakened from that pious semi-slumber that too often attends sermonizing. Of the Roman empire? I wondered, distracted from my fascination with the family of mother,…

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