Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

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Monday, March 12, 2007

"God invented the folk mass so that those Catholics who have not been forced to suffer for the Faith might not be denied the opportunity."

Yet another biretta tip to Shawn Tribe.

Here is an excellent piece by the formidable Dr. Philip Blosser. The premise is that many a former Protestant falls in love with the Catholic Church as it's called by Christ to be and then, sadly, often finding many/all available parishes to be in sharp contradistinction thereto.

This, I hasten to add, is not new. In fact, the Old Testament gives us many foreshadowings.

This is why I always rejoice for those who come into full communion from other sectors of Christianity. They show us the idealized self of the Church. Sometimes that is a harsh reflection given all those "Halloween Mass" and all the sorts of things we have to endure from the recent goings on in Anaheim.

But the actual proves the possible. The fact is that the vision of the Church as she is called to be still moves the hearts of those who are moved to seek ever greater closeness with God. It's one thing to not have the cure to some awful disease and therefore dying. It's another to have the cure in the medicine cabinet and either not knowing about it or not wanting to get up and reach for it. It means that we, the individual faithful, must make an extraordinary effort to seek out parishes where the church looks like a church and the Mass looks like a Mass. Those places which have struck out in different directions will, inevitably, fall by the wayside.

Choked, as Christ said, by the thorns that grow among them.




  • At 11:50 PM, July 28, 2007 , Blogger Hidden One said...

    Mr. Blosser nailed it. I count myself as a convert-in-progress in just the position you outline. It hasn't stopped me, and it won't.


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