Daily Archives: March 12, 2009

Sometimes, it’s not the speech that’s important

Mother Angelica used to tell a story, before her miraculous healing in 1998, about a lady who came to one of her talks. The lady came up afterwards and said, “Mother your talk changed my life!” Mother said, “Wow! Glad to know that. What did I say that so moved you?”
“I didn’t hear a word you said.”
Mother was like, “Huh?” “If you didn’t hear what I said, how did it change your life?”
“Well, you see, I need leg braces to walk. And my friends tell me it’s because I don’t have enough faith. And I was sitting in the audience today, and I saw you come out on stage, and I saw that you wear braces. You’re a woman of great faith, and you have to wear braces. So that proves my friends are wrong!”

Well, I had a similar moment today. As I reported last night, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, is giving a series of talks here in Columbia at St. John Neumann Church. They had a noon Mass today. I took the kids. We got there just after the homily, so I didn’t hear Fr. Benedict’s homily.

Allie sat with one of the families from our homeschool group. I had Gigi, Joe and Clare in the cry room, and I was in my motorized wheelchair.

At Communion, I came up with all three kids in my lap. After Mass, I went over to where Allie was. I had never met the husband in that family before, and I asked him, “How was she?”
He said, “I’d trade her for one of mine any day!”
That was nice.

There were only about 30 people at Mass, and Father was in the vestibule, shaking hands. Allie, Joe and Gigi went up to him. They came back. I said, “Did you do it?” Allie said, “All he did was ask our names, and I told him, and he blessed us.”

I was waiting for the people to disperse a bit, so I could get the chair through. Father came back through, on his way to the sacristy. He walked up to me and said, “You’re Amazing! I can’t believe how you had all those three kids in your lap in that thing, and they were all so well-behaved!”

I thanked him.

A few other people made nice comments. The kids were playing in the grass outside church, and one lady said, “Wow! Doesn’t that just warm your heart? They’re so adorable!”

Then Father came out to go to his car, smiling, and he said again, “I can’t believe you, bringing all those kids to Mass! That is so wonderful!” His assistant, Fr. Terrence, said something similar. I told him how Allie used to insist on watching Mass on EWTN every day when she was little, and how she knew all her responses in both Latin and English when she was 2.

Mary said, “We’ll have to watch _Sunday Night Live_ this week to see if he talks about you! . . . ‘I met this guy this week who has a brain aneurysm, and he’s in a wheelchair, and he has four kids and brings them all to Mass. What’s your excuse?”

B16 Bomber takes fire at his critics

On both ends, but mainly on those who claim to be defenders of the Church and of the Second Vatican Council, yet refuse to acknowledge that acceptance of Vatican II means acceptance of everything the Church taught *before* Vatican II.

He says that the Society of St. Pius X bishops were excommunicated because illicit ordination is a sign of defiance against the Holy Father. Since the SSPX has sworn loyalty to the Holy Father as such–although it insists on defying certain teachings–the reason for the excommunication is no longer there. Furthermore, as others have noted, the Holy Father says that excommunication is a penalty meant to scare the person into repentance. After 20 years, no progress has been made, so the gesture of charity is now also meant to incite penitence.

He speaks of the positive reactions he has received from many in the SSPX, as well as the many SSPX members who have been reconciled to the Church since 1988 through the Ecclesia Dei Commission.

He also says he will be putting the Ecclesia Dei Commission strictly under the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, since the main division with the SSPX is now doctrinal.

While His Holiness acknowledges the controversial and arrogant opinions of many in the Society, he argues that a community with their numbers and devotion should not be “cut off” from dialogue with the Church, and that reconciliatoin has often proven to be the best way to soften many of these extremist attitudes.

Demonocrats around the country take aim at the Church

Now that the Democrats have majorities in both houses of the New York state legislature, along with a Democratic governor, they are confident to pass a bill–attempted and defeated several times over the last several years–that will extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse suits against ministers. This bill specifically targets the Catholic Church, though it applies to any religious organization. It will open up the doors to bankrupt the Catholic Church and other religious organizations from lawsuits over old cases of sex abuse–cases which may be too old to properly investigate. The law does *not* extend the statute of limitations for accusations against public school teachers.

Fr. Groeschel: the only time St. Paul quotes Jesus

I attended a talk tonight by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Columbia.

He made an observation I’ve never heard or thought of before.

St. Paul is, of course, the first Christian theologian, with the possible exception of St. John. St. Paul’s letters do not discuss the life of Christ but reflect on the obligations of Christian living, eschatology, and the meaning of the Paschal Mystery.

St. Paul usually only discusses Christ’s life in terms of its meaning: the meaning of the incarnation, the meaning of the crucifixion, the meaning of the resurrection. . . .

EXCEPT

There is one case where St. Paul quotes the words of Christ directly:

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus,
on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in
remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper,
saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as
you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this
bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he
comes. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord
unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. (1 Cor
11:23-27).

That is how important the Eucharist was in the minds of the Apostles themselves.

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