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Of Rabble Rousers, Crystal Gazers and the Internet

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Steve Kellmeyer ruffles some feathers  here and here.

I am not sure how far he is to be taken literally in terms of the faithful’s right to lodge their concerns to their pastors.  On the other hand, he makes a simple and valid point that most of us have come to give way too much importance to the way we think the Church ought to be instead of fostering the unity of the Church by not habitually and publicly contradicting our pastors and undermining their authority.  Catholic orthodoxy/traditionalism has pretty effectively aped the rabble rousing progressives and felt banner wavers of the 60’s and 70’s.

The internet and social media, now a part of the fabric of our lives, seems to carry with it the assumption that somehow all of our opinions are important all the time.  The digital age also validates the idea that we can say anything we want and then slough off responsibility for having said it.

The internet is a quicksand of cultural exibitionism and voyeurism.  We Catholics have been suckered into it in the name of all that is holy.

In the comments on the post at the second link, Steve makes the observation that the real reason why the postconcilar crisis occurred was because the preconciliar Church was actually quite weak.  One of Steve’s objectors say this appears to be post hoc ergo propter hoc, but the same can be said of the opposite argument—the more frequent one—that the preconciliar Church was strong and that the Council simply wrecked everything.  

A more complex answer is probably the a more accurate one: there were preconciliar weaknesses, as well as the unrealistic optimism of the 60’s concurring with the sexual revolution, and the consequent disastrous implementation of the Council under the influence of ideologues who were able to throw off the fetters.  These created a perfect storm.

A theology professor of mine made the astute remark that within the Church, the simple answers sound the best, but are usually wrong.  A theological example of this is the doctrine of the hypostatic union.  Nestorianism is simple and easy to understand: two persons, two natures, one indwells in the other.  The Council of Ephesus is far more complex and difficult to understand: two distinct natures (one fully divine, the other fully human), but only one divine person, with no human person whatsoever.  

Ephesus was right.  Nestorius was wrong.  The truth is not always simple.

Historical narratives are probably even more susceptible to such oversimplification, because they describe the particular and concrete, which are quasi-infinite.  A historical cause and effect creates a ripple, which multiplies causes and effects exponentially.

Furthermore, we do not even know what we do not know.  This is also a endemic problem on the Internet.  Bloggers treat a few facts that they cobbled together like these were a compendium on the nature of everything.

Simple answers are appealing and convincing, especially in the wonderful world of search engines, viral causes and comboxes.  We effectively sell our Catholic pontifications in sound bites, tweets, instagrams and blog posts, because that is the way contraception, abortion, same sex marriage and gender relativism has been foisted so successfully on the public.

Today evangelical genius consists in the ice bucket challenge.

I would suggest that we try to resolve our difficulties by having recourse to the living magisterium, but that would be too ultramontane.

There is one simple idea in the Church, a mystical one, which resolves all the complexities and anomalies.  

But what do I know? Never mind.

 

 

 

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Religion, Spirituality
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Aug 27 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. Monica, Patron of Mothers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Homily #140827 ( 06min) Play - St. Monica teaches us the value of praying not just for ourselves but especially for the conversion and sanctification of others.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Monica – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st:  sir 26:1-4, 13-16
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:27-32

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Aug 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St Monica, Prayers and Patience

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Homily #140827b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St Monica that was so focused on the conversion of her pagan family including her son Augustine. All of them converted and Augustine went on to be a Bishop, a major force for Christianity and a saint and Father of the Church. Father relates this to modern family situations in our pluralized society and exhorts us to follow her example of prayer and patience.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Monica – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 3:6-10, 16-18
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:27-32

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Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Angelo: What is Perfect Joy?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Homily #140826 ( 14min) Play - Jesus speaks to us of supernatural charity and that the fruit of this love is joy. On this feast of the Seven Joys of Our Lady, Father Angelo explains what perfect joy is.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:1-14
2nd: eph 0:00
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Rosary of the 7 Joys of Mary

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Homily #140826n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias speaks of the history of the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary, also called the Franciscan Crown, focusing on its origin and on its recent developments such as the renewal of the indulgence at the request of the FI and the slightly different form it was given by the Church with the new indulgence. Father tells us that Mary is, as we call her, the Cause of Our Joy, but She wants us to be a cause of joy to Her by imitating Her, sharing in Her Joy, turning from sin, and loving her Son and Lord, Jesus, as She did.

NB: The FI publish a book with information and meditations on the Rosaries of the 7 Joys, 7 Sorrows, and 7 Glories of the Blessed Virgin: http://bit.ly/ThreeCrownsBook

Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM (Alt) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:1-14
Resp: 1sa 2:1-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Dedication of the Church

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825 ( 07min) Play - Upon entering the church, we should sense that we are in the consoling presence of Our Lady, in Her embrace, in Her womb with Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Common of the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church - Form: OF
Readings:
1st: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Resp: 1 Chron 29:10, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd
2nd:  Heb 12:18-19, 22-24
Alleluia: 2 Chron 7:16
Gsp: John 2:13-22

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Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: First the Soul

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian contrasts the Pharisees condemned by Our Lord in today’s reading with today’s Saint, the great King St. Louis IX, who didn’t stop at appearances, but first considered his soul and the souls of his people, allowing the Gospel to transform his entire life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis IX – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 1:1-5, 11-12
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:13-22

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Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Elias: Louis IX, King and Saint

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Louis, King of France and patron saint of the Franciscan Third Order. He is a great example of how to combine holiness with worldly authority.
Ave Maria!a
Mass: St. Louis IX – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 1:1-5, 11-12
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:13-22

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Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Anointed and His Minister

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Homily #140824n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian goes over some of the themes present in today’s Gospel reading, focusing particularly on Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One, and His appointment of Peter as the “Rock” upon which the Church stands. Let us look to the Holy Father for guidance and keep Him constantly in our prayers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 22:15, 19-23
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:33-36
Gsp: mat 16:13-20

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Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Providence & the Church

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Homily #140824 ( 09min) Play – We must accept God’s inscrutable ways with Faith, humility and loving resignation, within the bosom of Holy Mother Church, who alone can guarantee us true biblical doctrine.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 22:15, 19-23
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:33-36
Gsp: mat 16:13-20

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Aug 23 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Good and Bad Example

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140823n ( 12min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian takes two points from today’s Gospel. First is the need for good example, both to ourselves (i.e. a sincere and consistent life) and to others. If we don’t have this, not only will we not sweeten the message of the Gospel with our deeds, but we will embitter it. Second is how to react to bad example, especially by those in authority over us.  We are not excused from living the faith, rather we can look to the teaching of the Holy Father as a dependable guide even in murky times. We also must not be quick to condemn, but seek first the Kingdom of God, even if it feels like we are alone. Let us imitate the Blessed Virgin, ponder the Word of God, and be docile to the inspirations of the Spirit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rose of Lima – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 43:1-7
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Aug 23 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Trials, Patience & Grace

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140823 ( 08min) Play - Jesus and St. Rose of Lima teach us about the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price, i.e., of the Kingdom of Heaven in the soul, in the world, and in the next life
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rose of Lima – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 43:1-7
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Aug 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Rose of Pennance

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140823b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Rose of Lima, Peru, who was the first saint from the new world and lived a very penitential life. Father points out that penance and suffering are the wings by which we fly to God and everlasting happiness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rose of Lima – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 43:1-7
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Singular Grace = Singular Glory

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822 ( 09min) Play - To say Our Lady’s glory in Heaven is unimaginable, is an understatement.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Queenship in the Annunciation

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian asks us why most Marian feasts have the Gospel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)? He tells us that it is because those few verses contain a reference to many of the mysteries of Our Lady. Father walks us through this Gospel and points them out, especially dwelling on the role of Mary as Queen-Mother. Father concludes by encouraging us to realize that Mary is not just a Queen, but She is also Our Mother!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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