Q:Do you not think that the crisis in morals is deeply involved with the crisis in liturgy? A:Certainly.In the post-conciliar period a collapse of the life of faith and of ecclesiastical discipline has taken place, seen especially in the liturgical crisis.The liturgy has become an anthropocentric activity. It has ended up by being a reflection of the idea of man instead of the right of God to be adored as He himself asks.From here, in the moral sphere attention is focused almost exclusively on the needs and wants of men, instead of on what the Creator has written in the hearts of his creatures.The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi.If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well.When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children.I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them.This has to say something.The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed. Q:What can a pastor say to a Catholic who feels bewildered by these winds of change? A:The faithful should take courage, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.We should think about how the Lord calmed the sea in the storm and his words to his disciples:“Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Mt. 8:26).If this time of confusion seems to put their faith at risk, they have to only work even harder to live a life that is truly Catholic.But I am aware that to live in these times is a source of great suffering. Q:It is becoming difficult not to think of this as a time of chastisement. A:I think about this first of all concerning myself.If I am suffering at this time because of the situation in the Church, I think that the Lord is telling me that I have need of purification.And I also think that, if the suffering is so widespread, this means that the whole Church is in need of purification.But this is not because of a God who is waiting only to punish us.This is because of our own sins.If in some way we have betrayed doctrine, moral teaching or the liturgy, it follows inevitably that we will undergo a suffering that purifies us to put us back again on the narrow way.
In the midst of so much suffering and confusion it is, at least, comforting to know that we are not alone.
With the condition of affairs in the cultural, political and physical world in a state of disarray we enter Lent - Ash Wednesday - February 25th - 2004 - more compelled then ever to pursue, diligently and faithfully, our personal road to holiness. It is a long, difficult path each of us treads, however, we do know the journey can be sweeter and more blessed if we travel it with others. Jesus has told us: "Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am with you." And there are many other biblical passages, as well, that urge us to love and help one another.
A 'Thirty Day Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary ' was said by many Catholics during troubled times in their lives up until Vatican II. While looking through old stored away boxes, I came across a small white prayer book of the kind give…
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum ... I got banned ...
For those readers who are not aware of it, the SSPX is undergoing an internal crisis brought about by Bishop Fellay traversing the cultural assumptions of some of its members.
Rorate has learned that, at the current state of the text, Catholics
should remain positive regarding the most controversial points of the
post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Querida Amazonia”, to be published
We cannot say anything, unfortunately, but we refer readers to the first paragraph of this post we published last week:
La Fede Quotidiana has
learned of an important fact relating to the coming papal document on
the subject of the Amazon. And this fact, unless modified at the last
moment, contradicts what has been recently reported concerning a text in
which ‘a yes’ is given to viri probati and the married priesthood.…