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).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Building by Beauty

H/T Liturgy Guy

If you have yet to visit the blog "Liturgy Guy", then you are enthusiastically encouraged to do so. A recent post — Latin Mass Attendance Soars in Charlotte — includes the following paragraph.
“If you build it, they will come.”
At St. Ann’s in Charlotte that’s exactly what has happened. A weekly Sunday Latin Mass was “built” with all of the foundational ingredients to succeed, and the faithful have indeed responded. And they continue to attend, in ever increasing numbers, because ultimately, beauty attracts and authenticity is appealing.
Pastors — pay attention to that last sentence. It is true. Beauty attracts and authenticity is appealing. Do not make excuses such as "No one is interested in [insert issue]."

I cannot tell you how many times I've heard priests who have barely exerted any real effort to offer, for example, Adoration/Benediction say, "Oh, we tried that a few times. No one came." Dear reverend Fathers, with all due respect, stop making excuses. Get back in the church and offer Adoration every week, same day, same time. You sit there and pray and trust in the Lord. You may be alone before the Lord. Keep praying. Even if you are alone with God, that certainly cannot hurt your own spiritual formation. Do numbers matter? If only one person came to Mass, would you stop offering Mass? Remember that saying of our Lord's? Something about "where two or three are gathered...".

If we are going to reclaim the culture for Christ, if we are going to be faithful stewards of the gifts God has given us, we must be tireless in the mission to save souls. We need to give people the opportunity to be interested, invested, and that requires a consistent and sustained approach to evangelization that is founded upon the worship of God in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2).
  1. Use homilies not to entertain but to form people in the Faith.
  2. Use newsletters and parish bulletins to inform and engage people.
  3. Offer parish missions which foster a deep understanding and appreciation of the True, the Good and the Beautiful, i.e., the transcendentals.
  4. Bring the Faith to the public square by promoting Corpus Christi Processions.
  5. Trust in the Lord.
Read the article in full and apply what you learn.

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