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).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Testimony. On becoming Catholic.

Whilst gathered around the fellowship table after daily (Said or Low) Mass last week, we took turns sharing something of our perspectives on how we each found our way to the Ordinariate community and the beautiful Ordinariate Liturgy called Divine Worship.

God converts hearts and minds through Ad Orientem worship.

One person's comment struck this blogger as particularly beautiful. She, a married mother of two, a cradle Catholic, said that since discovering and attending the Ordinariate "she has become Catholic". She has discovered what it means to be Catholic, to live the Faith and to become a committed disciple of the Lord. Her comment was delivered with utter sincerity and carried both warmth and strength, a gentle confidence that has its origin in genuine piety and openness to the Holy Spirit.

That gentle confidence has nurtured in her children and husband - who all attend the Ordinariate Mass - a deeper love of God. A beautiful heart spreads joy. Her witness epitomizes an intimate loving communion with Jesus Christ and His Church, a communion that is growing as she becomes even more docile to the Spirit and responsive to Christ's invitation to embrace holiness.


For those seeking the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2), you might consider locating an Ordinariate parish. They are scattered about North America. Compared to the number of diocesan parishes in the USA and Canada, there are not many Ordinariate communities, but they are there like leaven in a very large pan of dough. If you visit the Ordinariate website, you might just find an oasis of goodness near you that will bring out in you the conviction that you are loved by God and that fires up in you a desire to serve His Church. A visitor to an Ordinariate community will quickly discover that a confident embrace of the Truth and obedience to the Magisterium is not foreign to the Catholic Church these days.

Now, to be clear, there are many (Ordinary Form) Catholic parishes that are bastions of beauty and goodness no doubt populated by confident witnesses to the Faith. One of those Tradition-minded parishes in a see of goofiness, our diocese, nurtured in this unworthy servant an abiding love for Jesus Christ and the Mass. If you do not live within an hour of an Ordinariate parish, or a parish that celebrates the Extraordinary Form, seek out an Ordinary Form parish that hosts reverent liturgies and is entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.

Here's another thought: ask your parish priest to consider celebrating the Mass ad orientem, i.e., the priest celebrates Mass facing in the same direction as the congregation toward the liturgical East. Provide him with some of the resources you will find here at this blog:

Pray that God may use you to lead others to His Truth, Goodness and Beauty in the reverent celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. Proceed in peace committed to becoming a saint.

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