So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MMA vs the Mass

MMA—modern materialist anthropology.

Dr. Kwasniewski at 1Peter5——identifies an invasive ideology choking out the seed of faith in the Liturgy.
In my life, I have often encountered people who say something like the following to Catholics who love the traditional liturgy—or, for that matter, who wish to see the modern liturgy celebrated in a manner manifestly in continuity with its predecessor:
“You’re making too much of incidental things. No matter what form or style, it’s the Eucharist, isn’t it? Whether Latin or vernacular, Tridentine or Novus Ordo, sung or spoken, in an American auditorium or a European cathedral, the Eucharist is still present, and we are still nourished by it. Compared to this, nothing else really matters, does it? The rest is accidental, external, debatable, changeable. In fact, someone who gets caught up in ceremonies, rubrics, music, and so on, just shows that he’s been distracted from what is essential. After all, the Mass is the Mass.”
The problem I have with this all-too-common line is that it radically underestimates how the way we worship influences what exactly it is that we believe (lex orandi, lex credendi) as well as how prepared we will be to receive our Lord in the right spirit of adoration and humility when He does come to us. It reflects a modern materialist anthropology where nothing matters except “getting the job done”; whether the job is done nobly or poorly seems to matter a great deal less. It displays a breathtaking naivete about the subtle intersection of the sacramental economy with human psychology. It represents a break with twenty centuries of Catholic thought and practice.
Click HERE to read the entire essay.
A new hymn for the MMA hymnal:
Massmaker, Massmaker,
Make us a Mass,
Fake us a faith,
patch up a patch.
Massmaker, Massmaker
Redo its look,
And make us a perfect Mass.
It is frustrating to say the least when self-proclaimed and even lettered liturgists of the lay and/or ordained kind so easily find opportunities in dioceses to reinvent the Mass in their own image.

May the Lord have mercy on those who have done so much to defile the sacred Liturgy.

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