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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Fr. Z's Rules of Engagement

Dear Internet,

The very estimable Fr. Z. has suggested the following for when the Holy Father releases the long-awaited Motu Proprio de-restricting the Traditional Latin Mass. I think Father is spot-on, and those of us on "this" side of the issue would be very well served to heed them:

Fr. Z’s 5 Rules of Engagement for after the Motu Proprio is released:

1) Rejoice because our liturgical life has been enriched, not because "we win." Everyone wins when the Church’s life is enriched. This is not a "zero sum game".

2) Do not strut. Let us be gracious to those who have, in the past, not been gracious in regard to our "legitimate aspirations."

3) Show genuine Christian joy. If you want to attract people to what gives you so much consolation and happiness, be inviting and be joyful. Avoid the sourness some of the more traditional stamp have, sadly, worn for so long.

4) Be engaged in the whole life of your parishes, especially in works of mercy organized by the same. If you want the whole Church to benefit from the use of the older liturgy, then you, who are shaped by the older form of Mass, should be of benefit to the whole Church in concrete terms.

5) If the document doesn’t say everything we might hope for, don’t bitch about it like a whiner. (Father is not one to pull punches.) Speak less of our rights and what we deserve, or what it ought to have been, as if we were our own little popes, and more about our gratitude, gratitude, gratitude for what God gives us.




  • At 11:43 AM, July 06, 2007 , Blogger Cathy said...


    I saw your prayer request on Fr. Z's blog regarding your son's autism treatment. I have two sons on the autism spectrum. Do you mind sharing what treatment your doing?

    God bless,
    Cathy Dawson


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