We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Obvious Thing. Liturgical riffs.

Let those in the blogosphere who care about matters liturgical relentlessly state the obvious until enough people stumble upon the truth about the cancer which plagues the Church so that they, convicted of their complicity with those who have actively sought to rob the Church of her theological and spiritual patrimony, then begin seeking a remedy which leads to the full enactment of the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, a renewal begun under Pope Benedict XVI.

What is or should be that 'obvious' thing mentioned above? The Roman Catholic West has become decadent. Liturgical abuses are the norm. The fact that so many supposedly educated Catholics cannot or will not see the reality of widespread abuse confirms a spiritual and moral blindness of epic proportions.

Letting the catechesis out of the bag.

Catechesis—especially liturgical catechesis—for the past 40+ years has been a dismal failure. Many, many, many souls have very likely been lost due to weak and/or false teaching proffered by catechists and priests who have cared little for transmitting the full teaching of Christ and His Church.

A comparison of the exceptions (communion in the hand; versus populum worship; vernacular Proper and Ordinary chants; etc.) to the liturgical norms affirmed by the Council (i.e., a retention of Latin and Greek; communion on the tongue; etc.) merely confirms that we are a long way away from implementing the intentions and the legitimate reforms mandated by the Council.

The word 'hijacked' has been used innumerable times to refer to the actions by dishonest prelates and people who, having derailed the renewal, have proven how little they care for the Tradition of the Church. The ideological children of those who robbed generations-to-come of the Catholic heritage received from the Apostles have been emboldened recently by what they think they see in the example of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Those who have little obedience to the authority of the Church are always quick to extend to themselves authority beyond that even of a pope. Rebellion proceeds from the darkened recesses of rebellious minds and corrupt hearts.

The liturgical renewal has definitely been set back, but perhaps not as far back as some might think.

The regressive liberal thinks himself master of the Liturgy instead of its servant. We live in an age when everyone thinks he or she is a crowned head of state to whom the Liturgy should bow. The liturgical celebrations of Holy Week tend to reveal just how desperate certain regressive elements in the Church have recently become.

Abuse, distortion or manipulation.

In the West, a younger generation is not satisfied with the inventions of their older brethren who have, as a generation, largely failed to be reliable elders for the young. The relatively few wise elders who have bequeathed to the Church a faithful witness to the Apostolic Faith, and those young people who search the internet for that which their parents and pastors have failed to communicate, are the seed of renewal that will pick up only after the regressive 1970s anarchists in suits and pantsuits have left this world. The next generation must contend with the political and economic, ecological and spiritual damage done by a "me-first" generation, a generation which bought into the lie of the "Enlightenment", of a hyper-individualism that is leading to a complete inversion of inalienable rights.


The regressive liberal uses terms such as 'table' (instead of altar) and 'bread and wine' (instead of Body and Blood of Christ) because such terms can be manipulated to fit the schema of the regressive mind. Whereas, words such as those in the previous sentence within the parentheses speak of immutable realities which demand respect.

The language we use in worship, depending on its orientation, reflects conformity to Tradition or a rejection of Tradition. Once upon a time, Christians took very seriously the language used within the theological precincts of the Church. One iota can make all the difference!
One of the more fundamental and earliest controversies within the Christian Church centered around the ideas identified by two Greek words: homoiousios (ηομοιουσιος), meaning “of a similar substance,” and homoousios (ηομοουσιος), meaning “of the same substance”; two words that differ by a single letter: iota. [...] Christianity was nearly split by the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet.
In Alexandria around the year 319, the previously obscure presbyter Arius attempted to rationalize the mystery that Christians find in the relationship between Jesus and God. He attracted a large following preaching the neoplatonist idea of the absolute oneness of the divinity. He felt that this was a unity that could not be shared, and therefore Jesus was a lesser deity who had been called into existence by God. Jesus was “homoiousian,” that is, of a similar nature to God, but not the same as, God.
Opponents, led most prominently by Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, preached that Jesus was in fact “homoousian,” the same as God. This caused such conflict that Emperor Constantine demanded they work out their differences at what became the Council of Nicaea in 325.
The homoosians won the debate and codified the (orthodox teaching of the Church) in a set of statements known as the [...] Nicene Creed, which states that Jesus is consubstantial with the Father.—from an article at xefer (corrections by IJ).
Modern so-called 'enlightened' minds may think the language wars of the early centuries were somewhat trite. Those same modern minds may wish to rethink their assumptions. Those heated contests have helped the Church weather later storms which, had there not been the orthodox theological anchor provided, surely would have led to more defections from the Church to some heretical sect.

My god has fleas.

To state that the language we use in worship is important is a massive understatement. We've seen the damage done by revisionist language imposed on the secular sphere. Political correctness has damaged human relationships to a degree that can only be described as devastating to authentic intimacy and courtesy. Feminist language in worship has reduced God either to a neutered entity that neatly fits into relativists' pagan conceptions or some pantheistic deity who is as capricious as the people using said deity's label.

But seriously folks... .

The change of the word 'cup' to 'chalice' in the renewed Missal (3rd Edition) makes clear the point that the Mass is not a common meal. A cup is a common thing; a chalice is something extraordinary. The Mass is, indeed, something extra-extraordinary! The regressive individual, however, selects a vocabulary that misrepresents the teaching of the Church and which permits revisionism. The language of regressive liberal religion is a trojan horse which has been used to great effect in a way far far more destructive than the horse within the walls of Troy was used to bring down a once mighty city.

A teenage wasteland.

With perhaps one or two exceptions, Sunday celebrations of the Mass in the parishes in our diocese are noisy, marred by frequent awkward improvisations and cheap music, if one can actually call the stuff offered during the Mass to be music.

Roman priests, with too few exceptions, are liturgically illiterate and willfully disinterested in beautiful and reverent liturgy. People in the pew are, for the most part, worse. Sunday after Sunday, before, during and after Mass, people are more engaged in prolonged idle chatter than taking a moment to be present to God Who, in the tabernacle before them (if He hasn't been shunted off to some invisible "adoration chapel"), is routinely ignored.

If you haven't already discovered from reading this blog even after a brief encounter, yours truly is far from perfect. That said, this same blogger knows the difference between sacrilege and sanctity, and most of what attempts to pass for Catholic worship simply shouldn't. White washed sepulchers reinventing the Liturgy every single week, year after year, parish priests and their fluffy flocks of rapidly aging hippies do real damage to the faith of young people by promoting cheap spiritualities and theological platitudes that are as far from the Gospel as margarine is from butter. Accept no substitutes!

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