Saturday, December 01, 2012

Plain talk from two popes and random thoughts

*Pope St. Pius X once said that “All evil in the world is due to lukewarm Catholics.”




* "What thou hast done for the poor man, thou has done for Me,"....Christ's words to St. Martin, the soldier who gave half his uniform cloack to a beggar.

When a homeless person gets to the point where they are blistered, freezing and shoeless they probably have mental illness. Most of us don't have the nerve to deal with that. At my old parish, St. Matthew's Cathedral in DC they have a huge homeless ministry and it takes patience, courage and caution to deal with the regulars. Some-- the crack and heroin users really would stab you in a heartbeat if they thought they could get away with it. Some are hustlers with the warmth of a rattlesnake. Some are severely ill with schizophrenia and other mental conditions. They will come get a sandwich or they'll come to the alley and accept a meal but are too timid to engage any more than that. The monsters in their brains are so horrible that they are terrified most of the time.  The only thing that seems to help is the Mass and being in front of the Blessed Sacrament. This officer did a beautiful act of kindness. St. Martin of Tours, pray for us.

 
 
 
 
*Father Z got a question about whether it’s okay to listen to the hymns at Mass or are we all required to sing. Father says no which is nice for me because I rarely sing at Mass. It irritates my own terrific young pastor, Fr. Eagle who has mentioned the lack of singing from the pews during one of his homilies but I can’t help it. I don’t want to sing. I want ----no---I need to concentrate on Christ at the altar. I know St. Augustine said singing is praying twice but was the saint talking about hymns or was he talking about chanting parts of the Mass? 
 



* I've noticed that a lot of people seem really angry lately. Maybe it's the election results, maybe it's the horror of joblessness, maybe it's just the feeling that's hanging in the air that the good times are over in this country. A while back, Rocky and I took a day trip to Baltimore and visited the Cathedral of Our Lady the Queen.  I was standing in the nave looking at artwork when a family walked in and headed to the pews. The father paused, looked at me with such an expression of malevolence that I just stared back at him wide eyed.  He half nodded, sharply turned his head away and followed his wife and kids. I really don't want to know what made him so angry and for his family's sake I hope he doesn't pull that stunt again with a man. St. Julian the Hospitaler, who suffered from rage fits, pray for us.



* Fr. Rutler   rocks. Plus, I always learn new words when I read his parish letters. HT to Mary Anne of Les Femmes.

 

*I've said it before and I'll say it again. Be very careful of professional laymen who go around giving speeches, writing books and setting themselves up as Catholic experts. If you find yourself saying, "Well, So and So says----  so Father Stuffy (who is quoting the catechism, popes, and giving examples from the lives of cannonized saints)is wrong," then you have a problem.  Again, BE CAREFUL. The guy who pays his mortgage with the proceeds of his talks, and media empire is not going to say anything that doesn't appeal to or excite you.
 
 
*Many women ... give in to the tyranny of fashion, be it even immodest, in such a way as to appear not even to suspect that it is unbecoming. They have lost the very concept of danger; they have lost the instinct of modesty.' Pope Pius XII.
 


 

8 comments:

Joe Potillor said...

Hymns at Mass during St Augustine's time would have been unheard of for the Roman Rite of the Mass...so I'm sure he was talking about the propers of the Mass.

Lola said...

The man who gave you a look...

I don't want to assume, but, I've seen an aquaintance who's home was 'haunted'. Once I caught his eyes and I was frightened. I really think we have demons running rampent through our country. Last night I saw a show on EWTN about Euthanasia, and shuddered.

Since you are a friend of Jesus, you are spared most of the time. Maybe this man is dealing with real demons. In his life and in his mind.
Also, he might have caught a glimpse of your angel and it settled him down. You are very kind to think to pray for him.

Lola said...

Also, I prefer to listen to the hymns unless it's the closing hymn. If it's an easy to sing like "Let there be peace on earth..." I'll sing with my simple voice. My husband says I sing well, but I know better. Otherwise I'm trying to focus on the mass and leave the singing to those that have talent.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

I have no problems with laymen teaching, providing they are educated enough to understand what they are talking about, and don't try to interject personal opinions and biases as the word of God. They also must be mature individuals who's behavior doesn't reflect badly on the Church, especially in regard to money and sex.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"When a homeless person gets to the point where they are blistered, freezing and shoeless they probably have mental illness."

No, they have probably been treated AS having a "mental illness"!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

As for the officer, I agree.

He offered leather boots.

How many are barefoot because they are offered sneakers they don't want?

Have you ever tried to stay in sneakers that are wet from rain where you have been wearing them because you had no shelter?

And yet, sneakers are cheaper than leather boots.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"It irritates my own terrific young pastor, Fr. Eagle who has mentioned the lack of singing from the pews during one of his homilies but I can’t help it. I don’t want to sing. I want ----no---I need to concentrate on Christ at the altar."

You would like to read Fr Bryan Houghton's Unwanted Priest. He is a man of your and my heart.

"I know St. Augustine said singing is praying twice but was the saint talking about hymns or was he talking about chanting parts of the Mass?"

He was probably talking about music which was prayerful enough to help you concentrate! To people who knew how to execute it.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"The guy who pays his mortgage with the proceeds of his talks, and media empire is not going to say anything that doesn't appeal to or excite you."

So far I have not been paying mortgages with my own Apologetics, and looking at this blog I have offended some, sometimes even Catholics.

However, if man was such that all of sound doctrine were sure to offend everyone and never live off giving sound words, well, I suppose priests would not be able to survive either (except as beggars, sometimes blistered and frozen and shoeless).