John Senior writes:
What is Christian culture? It is essentially the Mass. That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of 2,000 years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature ― all these things, when they are right, are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
To enact a sacrifice, there must be an altar, an altar has to have a roof over it in case it rains; to reserve the Blessed Sacrament, we build a little House of Gold and over it a Tower of Ivory with a bell and a garden round it with the roses and lilies of purity, emblems of the Virgin Mary ― Rosa Mystica, Turris Davidica, Turris Eburnea, Domus Aurea, who carried His Body and His Blood in her womb, Body of her body, Blood of her blood. And around the church and garden, where we bury the faithful dead, the caretakers live, the priests and religious whose work is prayer, who keep the Mystery of Faith in its tabernacle of music and words in the Office of the Church; and around them, the faithful who gather to worship and divide the other work that must be done in order to make the perpetuation of the Sacrifice possible — to raise the food and make the clothes and build and keep the peace so that generations to come may live for Him, so that the Sacrifice goes on even until the consummation of the world.
Also read this by Peter Kwasniewski
An ugly “church” represents the loss of this fundamental contemplative insight into the beauty of the world and the need to bring all things in sacrifice before the God who is Beauty itself.
Catholics have a sacred right, owing to their baptism into the glorified Jesus Christ, to the full expression of their faith within the liturgy and through all the arts that embellish and support it; they have a right to free access to the glories of Tradition, which have been cherished and handed down for centuries and must be cherished and handed down until the end of time.
Corresponding to this right is, as always, a duty. Catholics have a duty to preserve, cherish, and perpetuate this Tradition; they have a responsibility to come to know it and love it more and more over their lifetimes. We are not to sit back and wait until someone brings us beauty on a platter; we are to work on beautifying our interior life through prayer, our external life through manners, ongoing education, and cultural pursuits; we are to support the Church’s ministers with our prayers, our resources, our petitions, so that the riches of Tradition may flourish again in our times.
What God gives us is not just the “here and now,” but the faith and love of generations who have come before us, embodied in countless treasures of music, painting, sculpture, architecture, and writing, destined for the edification of souls until the end of time.
All of this has been given to us, in proportion to our capacities, positions, opportunities for action. We are the path by which tradition will reach, or not reach, our descendants. Much today depends on lay involvement, as Vatican II predicted. This can go in a good direction, as when Catholics respectfully ask their pastors to provide the traditional Latin Mass; or it can go in a bad direction, as when laity attempt to run the show, taking over responsibilities that belong to the clergy. Lay people who are humbly, cheerfully, and generously devoted to the spread of Christian culture, centered on the Mass and surrounded on all sides with the beauty that befits it, have been and will continue to be a major factor in the longed-for renewal of the Church.
Every Catholic who enters a church should be able to find figures of Christ and the Saints, as well as an elevated sanctuary, set apart and beautifully furnished, with the altar and the tabernacle in a prominent place and suitably decorated. Catholics have a right to the full, authentic expression of their faith, both in the liturgy and in the arts that embellish it, especially sacred music. And as I never tire of saying, Catholics have a duty to embrace this fullness, to become acquainted with it, and to cherish it.
Are we nearing the END? How long will the END be? I wonder!
“For they are the spirits of devils working signs, and they go forth unto the kings of the whole earth, to gather them to battle against the great day of the Almighty God.” [Apocalypse (Revelation) 16:14]
Looking at the condition of the world we live in; so-called Christians calling for abortion and now infanticide, both are evil. A person who should be our role models defending evil as Pelosi does when she objects, and to make it worse, in the name of Go, to groups such as MS 13 being called for what they are “evil.” Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” [Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20]
Yes, we are at WAR, a Spiritual War, the battle for good or evil! It is time for those whose consciences are speaking; stand up and fight for what you believe!
One factor for sure is, His Church, One, Holy, and Apostolic has adapted to the world. We were warned this would happen and it did with Vatican II. The infiltration of the Vatican that wrought the dumbing down of religion, the adaption to the world.
When God has had enough, I hope He finds you on the right side of this Spiritual War, the winning team. It is said, through His Saints prophesies that God will, for a while, let evil have its day. In the end, we know the end of the story. That will be a delicious time to be alive.
You don’t believe in God, you say! YOU WILL!
Too long for some!
Living hour by hour; day by day; year by year in grave sin heavy upon your soul would be the most horrible and one would be in jeopardy of losing their immortal soul forever.
Catholic belief is that one can not judge the condition of another’s soul because there are too many particulars involved; only God knows the opportunities He gave you to understand the Truths of His teachings.
Don’t jeopardize your eternity for this world; short is time; long is an eternity.
If you won’t go to Him
pray He will come to you!
The shadow of the moon danced on the lake.
Morphing of the shadow as the light of the moon penetrated through branches; the reaching arms gracefully unveiling its ballet to a full moon.
A moon suspended high beyond its genius of design, a living greeting card.
The priest that morning at the sacrifice of the Mass, held the host high above his head, again a change; the bread of earth-penetrating God’s enlightenment is unveiling bread from heaven.
Of the Supernatural
Morphing night and day
Learning something as I go along — i.e. what is “found poetry?”
Plus an added bonus in that dVerse wants poetry regarding Privileges.
Reading here on WordPress from other knowledgeable bloggers aroused my interest. I did what any other person does these days, search google.
Wanting to try it, I decided to go for the Bible and see what poetry I could find. After researching “found poetry” and the rules, there were none — changing, switching words, cutting, pasting adding or subtracting anything is permitted as part of the creativeness.
I was at a disadvantage searching the Bible because, well you know the Bible is the Word of God; therefore having to be careful not to change the context was a must.
Taken from the Book of Luke; Chapter 1
Title of my “found” poem
The PRIVILEGE of Mary
(verse 26) Angel Gabriel
(29) His word
(30) Hast found grace
(35) Power of the Most High
(38) The angel departed
(42) Blessed art thou among women
(46) Mary said
(48) All generations shall call me BLESSED
With the exception of seeking into the Bible for God’s Words.
Otherwise the art of FOUND POETRY, in my opinion, the art is in the montaging of words.
Click here to see what I mean:
The Challenge or suggestion today is in the form of a question, today the question is physician-assisted suicide, yes or no!
I love questions that cause me to think. I also realize that my way of thinking is not according to the direction of the world is moving today.
It is as though we are being pulled like a magnet to believe that this life is all we have therefore we should live it according to our convenience.
God really and truly speaks to all of us, and especially to us when we are near to our end. Suicide is evil because it removes our soul from the last chance we will have to hear His voice embedded within. If you don’t believe me, ask any physician or Hospice caretakers to tell you the stories they have witnessed sitting at the bedside of the dying.
Time to eternity is our journey like being born; leaving the womb of your mother entering this life. Now coming into our eternity, a new life of our choosing, a life of happiness or a life of absence of joy depending on how we ended.
Suicide is cheating yourself of that final vital conscious or coma state moment while still in the state of TIME. The time to review; the most critical moment allowed us.
The dying persons hearing the voice of God while pondering any regrets, feelings for contrition/repentance, and most importantly forgiveness from He who has created you.