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What is the Way? What is the Truth? What is the Life?continue at Cream City Catholic
What does it look like, smell like, sound like? These are the questions to which the heart seeks a definitive answer.
Where is the witness to the Mystery that once freed nations from bondage? Where is the Cornerstone that built a Church to withstand the sagacity of time? My, how far we have come! How far have we fallen from the foundation that built a Church on betrayal and fear, transformed into Love, Beauty, Truth, and Life. By the will of God, Jesus chose the lesser, the downtrodden, the shamed, to be witness to His Truth and to build His Church.
The Catholic Church, and much of Christianity, is experiencing Lent once again. Lent, a period of conversion fulfilled through prayer, fasting, and alms giving, ought to bring a believer closer to God, to deepen the relationship one has with Christ, whose one and only purpose was to bring about salvation for a broken and sinful mankind. Christ is the New Covenant. Man no longer needs to sacrifice his own; God sacrificed His Only Begotten Son so we didn’t have to.
In a recent article from the Milwaukee Catholic Herald published on February 11, 2016, we are subjected to a breakdown of ideas that were offered up from the recent Archdiocesan Synod which, in part, was called to determine the causes of and solutions for low Mass attendance across the Archdiocese.
There's lots of ways to justify less Mass times.... I hear it talked about often, priests that want less Mass times. It is comical that cramming people into pews somehow solves the problem of low Mass attendance.... I literally laughed out loud thinking about it. If a movie is tanking at the box office, only show it once a day, since it will appear like the theater is packed and the movie is very popular, despite the fact successful movies fill the theaters for reasons other than the fact that the theater is not full.
For ordinary form parishes, there simply must be a "JPII parish" if we can call it that, in high population areas. Among other things, one where liturgy matters. It doesn't necessarily have to be the Traditional Latin Mass, just a parish where the priest at least understands the TLM so he can understand the modern form. There's going to be no convincing the smile police that reverent liturgies produce Catholics who keep coming to Mass throughout their life. But the powers that be will tell one they are wrong with a smile on their face, and that's the sign of a True Believer.