Formerly the Thinking Catholic Strategic Center
Biorseth, Sunday, August 25, 2019
Thank God for the FSSP.
We Catholics who were born in the '40s, formed in the '50s and came of age in the '60s learned our faith in the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass years. The Post Vatican II changes in the Divine Liturgy were a shock to us, to put it as mildly as it can be put. But, we thought, as time went on, it was "only" Liturgy. We could and we would adapt; the faith itself had not changed. That's what we thought; that's what we were led to believe; and that was before we became aware of what we were being lead away from, and toward, and who was really doing the leading.
For some of us, Truth dawns too slowly, and we grow old before wise.
For us, the slowest dawning involved the vital importance of "only" Liturgy to true, correct, divinely revealed Theology. The old, Latin Liturgy is, in a way, living Theology. It is the study of God and the best understanding of God put into worldly action. There is nothing "only" about Latin Rite Liturgy. It is, at once, giving God His due, and, teaching God, through proper ritualized Theology.
Once we returned to our deep Catholic roots, after being non-practicing and weak-believing, Catholics-in-name-only (or CINOs), when we came back in a period of crisis, it was with a commitment and a determination to do it right, and to get right with God again. Almost with a vengeance. You might say we went overboard with it; For a couple of years we going on retreats, we were in multiple Catholic prayer groups and Catholicism occupied most all of our free time.
But the Liturgical dawning was slower to come. We really got into the Novus Ordo Mass, properly (we thought) offered. We didn't fully recognize the serious, serious problems of the Priest turning around, Communion in the hand, lay distrubutors, etc., etc., etc. All of these "little" things had a weakening effect on proper lay recognition of exactly Who Eucharist Is.
And that, very precisely, is what Catholicism is supposed to be about.
We could argue that it had the same weakening effect on Clerical recognition of exactly Who Eucharist Is. It had to. How could so many Parishes just rip out the altar railings, some of them rip out the kneelers, and everybody and his brother just start passing Consecrated Hosts around as if they were mere crackers, and still keep the absolute knowledge of Who Eucharist Is as it should be held by all?
Slowly, we re-discovered the Latin Mass, and on occasion "played Hookey" as they used to call students skipping school days, and went to a Latin Mass rather than the Novus Ordo Mass at the Church we belonged to. And, when visiting Michigan, we learned that Assumption Grotto Church still offered the Latin Mass whenever we had occasion to be up there. Eventually, we wrote the Traditional Tridentine Latin Mass page in this website.
And we began to yearn for it; to pray for it's return as the Ordinary form.
Our botched attempt at entering the Diaconate got stopped by the official homo-Liberal "Gate Keepers" in the Athenaeum of Ohio's LPMP program, who would not allow uncompromising Traditional Catholics, particularly if they were also, politically speaking, American patriots, male, heterosexual and proud of it. You can read about that disgusting story among the Cafeteria Catholic pages. We think they're still looking forward to one day ordaining lesbian Priestesses, ostensibly to solve the Priest shortage they secretly and purposely caused, fed and are feeding.
Then, over time, we learned of the devious ways in which the Novus Ordo was hijacked and twisted, as described in the New Liturgy page.
Still later we learned how Protestantism entered the picture early on, in Protestant "counseling" of Pope Paul VI on how to modify the Mass to attract Protestants. Protestant Ministers actually collaborated with the Pope and the Bishops on changing the Catholic Mass. Why? to attract Protestants.
Why on earth should the Catholic Mass be changed to attract Protestants?
That seems to us to have it backwards. Protestants are supposed to be taught the meaning and true identity of Eucharist; the Holy Eucharist is not supposed to be "modified" to suit the tastes of non-believers. You teach them and then bring them in; you don't bring them in by changing things to suit them, and then teach them. It's too late then, because by then you've already modified what you were supposed to teach them.
You've modified that which is not supposed to be modifiable.
This was the breaking point for us. The discovery that none of it, none of the Novus Ordo, none of the post-VCII Liturgical changes were even necessary. That's what led us to leaving our beloved old Parish and joining an FSSP Parish. To get back to what is real.
To get back to God, and to where He is recognized.
I'm telling you, there is a direct linkage between the Latin Rite Liturgy and proper Catholic Theology.
You can study the Catechism, you can study Canon Law, and you can study Theology, and you can learn Aquinas and Augustine, and you can study all of the Fathers, and you can study Scripture till you know it all, if you're the scholarly type.
Or, if you're just an ordinary layman like us, you can pick up the Latin Rite Liturgy, and, I'm telling you, it's all right there.
Again, thank God for the FSSP and for how they preserve and practice it.
Wherever you are, whatever kind of Parish you belong to, get yourself a 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal, learn your way around in it, and read it every day, for the rest of this life, and you will do well; better than most who do not.
Read all the readings for the specific day on that day, every day. Whether you can go to a Latin Mass or not, read the readings. All of them. All the prayers, all the Psalms, the prayers of the Priest and the responses, the Epistle and the Gospel. The Saints, on their days. The Holy Day readings.
That's a considerable amount of daily reading, but I'm telling you, it's all right there.
Unvarnished; uncompromising; unflinching; un-softened and unmodified.
This we heard today at an FSSP Mass, pertinent to today's readings:
It's that way every day. The inspired Words laid down almost two thousand years ago still apply to living life today, in today's situations. Every single day. You can't go through a whole year of Latin Liturgical readings in the Latin Missal (with Latin and English side by side) and not have read virtually the whole of the Church's teaching.
The real meat of it is all right there.
It's even better internalized when prayed together as part of the Mass.
We are given the same Grace Paul was given, after having his sight restored. Grace is Holiness; when Christ gives us Grace, He makes us Holy. It is by this Grace, this undeserved and unearned gift of God, that we are saved, if we will accept it and cooperate with it, all throughout this life.
That is what the Sacraments are; physical signs with spiritual meaning that give us Grace. It was by Grace that Paul said "I am what I am", and not by of any of his own doing.
It is by Grace that we are what we are. It is by loss of Grace that we are not what we should be, what we are called to be, and intended to be.
We are Catholic; we need to keep that distinct Identity.
Give thanks to God for the FSSP, and get yourself a Missal. Don't let it be your only source of Grace, but let it be a daily source of Grace.
The only thing Truth has going for Him in this world is us.
The restoration of Truth = Reality in the hearts and minds of men is now totally dependent upon you and me; if we don't do it, it won't get done.
Print, sign and send The Letter, and make our Church Catholic again.
Get behind President Trump, and make America Constitutional again.
With fear and trembling, work out your salvation--Phil 2:12
Seek the Truth; Find the Way; Live the Life.
Please God, and Live Forever.
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Date: Mon Aug 26 09:08:19 2019
From: RevDr W.R. Gardiner
Location: Montross, VA USA
I am a traditional Anglican Catholic priest. I can well relate to the writers words. We do not term ourselves "Protestant"as we maintain the traditional Anglican faith. We have communion rails, we face the altar, we have kneelers, we do not use Eucharistic ministers, we do not have "altar girls". Our prayer book dates back to 1549 and we use ONLY the King James Bible. The Roman Catholic Church is being divided by liberals, including the Pope, and the ancient faith is diluted and lost. Ora pro nobis!
Date: Tue Aug 27 2019
From: Vic Biorseth
It is good to see that even a Priest of Henry VIII's Church of Divorce and Remarriage can see that the continual splitting of the original Church Christ founded ought to end somewhere.
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
Get in the fight! Engage!
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life; please God, and live forever.
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