Deep End of the Theological Pool

I am not a member of the SSPX but I do have a brother who is.  We have gone round and round on issues concerning the Catholic church and ultimately I don’t think either one of us has budge much from our initial positions.  I think we have both left things up to prayer and the Holy Spirit.  I believe my brother to be a poor apologist for the SSPX although that doesn’t mean he’s not willing to have a spirited debate, his arguments just haven’t moved me nor have mine really moved him.  I’d say for more than the past year we have both dropped the “debating”, which my wife probably more accurately describes as arguing.  My best get under his skin line was telling him to “stop following excommunicated Bishops”.  Well eventually he did that since Pope Benedict XVI removed their excommunication’s.  How ever they are still not in full communion with the Pope from Rome’s standpoint.

Recently I saw a link in one of the comments on Fr. Z’s blog for a book from the Society of St. Pius X.  The book is called “The Problem of the Liturgical Reform” which can be found here

I’m not through reading it yet but I would say they have a pretty decent beef with how things were handled back in the 1960s.  The book is at the theologically deep end of the pool.  But I think any reader familiar with the Catholic Mass can pick up a few things and learn a thing or two about the prayers of the Mass prior to the Vatican II Council.

In the end I’m pretty sure the book is not going to change where I stand, but I will have an additional lens to look at my faith with and without stressing the relationship with my brother.  I feel I am sympathetic to those who want to worship in what is now called the Extraordinary form of the Mass.  I buy the line that the core worship of the Catholic Church for more than 500 years couldn’t be a bad thing, which is how it seems some priests and bishops today view the Extraordinary form of the Mass.  I believe Pope Benedict XVI did the right thing to allow priests publicly to say that Mass without the approval of their Bishops.  I believe the greater use of the old Mass will only have positive effects on our Catholic faith. 

But from what I’ve ready so far I believe the SSPX’s beef goes beyond the issue of the allowing the old Mass to be said freely.  Their beef is with the theology of the new Mass.  They’re not buying into the “Paschal Mystery”, as the “Paschal Mystery” is not what was used to create the old Mass.  The theology of the “Paschal Mystery” is basically in it’s infancy if you look at the history of the Catholic Church as a whole.  This is very weighty stuff but then shouldn’t we know some of this anyway?  This is our faith after all, we are talking about our eternal salvation.

So when things get deep or heavy, I think thats a sign we should pray.  May we pray to the Holy Spirit for unity among all Christians while remaining true to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Men Under Construction

Today I was at Men Under Construction 14 here in KC.  Once again it was another great event with great speakers.  I highly suggest if you get the chance to hear Richard Lane Jr. and Michael Franzese.  Their bio’s can be read here

 To all men and women out there who read this blog I think it wise to fine at least one yearly event to go to.  As Richard Lane said don’t be  part of the “frozen chosen” on Sunday.  We need to take our faith out into the world and live it seven days a week.  Something I found very interesting as part of one of the breakout sessions on Evangelism was that Richard took the first half of the session having us focus on ourselves.  Encouraging us to regularly receiving the sacraments, especially confession, praying, meditating on scripture and constantly learning about our faith, because if aren’t in a state of grace, and have a first hand knowledge of our faith, how can we expect to be succesful evangelizing.

Auto Tweets

Added a new plugin to my blog that supposedly automatically does a twitter post for me.  We’ll see if it works.

Update: What do you know it worded the first time.  I love WordPress.

Protests at Mass

Get ready folks this is a scene that I think will be coming to the US very soon if it hasn’t already.

……Protesters, led by town council member Dick Boonman and Gay Krant editor Henk Krol, distributed pink triangles with the word “Homo,” to be worn on the chest at Mass. The protest was held at the parish after Fr. Buyens chose to deny Communion to homosexual Gijs Vermeulen, 24, on February 13th.

Vermeulen was the “prince” of the town’s annual Carnival, a traditional pre-Lenten celebration. At the customary Carnival Mass, the prince addresses the congregation and then leads them forward in receiving Communion.

But, because Vermeulen had been public about his active homosexuality leading up to the festivities, Fr. Buyens contacted him the week before the Carnival Mass to advise him that he would not be able to receive Communion. The priest offered to give him a blessing, and allowed him to address the congregation. Vermeulen attended the Mass, stating that he did not want to “spoil the party,” but did not go up for a blessing.

In response to this week’s protest, Fr. Buyens decided not to distribute Communion at the Mass after consulting his bishop in Den Bosch……

 Read the full article here

Fr. Buyens needs our prayer.

On the Nightstand

I just finished up reading two books.  Jesus-Shock & Fire Within.  If you want to go to the deep end of the pool as it relates to contemplative prayer read Fire Within.  It was way past where I’m from a pray life perspective but I did learn a few things.  Jesus-Shock is a very quick read by Peter Kreeft.  Chapters 2 & 4 were so good I’ve read them 3 or 4 times and I plan to write a few posts on tidbits from the book.  Next I hope to finish You Can Understand the Bible which I have picking up and putting down for a few months now and I’m going to read another of Michael O’Brien’s books Sophia House for a little fiction.  O’Brien’s Fr. Elijah was very good, probably the only book, thats not a children’s book, that I’ve read cover to cover twice.

Communion in the Hand

Communion in the hand did not cause this particular atrocity, but decades of communion in the hand allowed the mindset for it to occur.  Not everyone is oblivious to what they are receiving but many have no clue, here is such an example.  The woman is the girl friend of a Costa Rican Presidential candidate.  She obviously does not know what she is doing but that does not make it any less offensive. As I understand it the candidate lost.

Lenten Update

We’ll we are 4 days into Lent so I thought I’d give an update on my Lenten Penance.  First let me say that the Gospel on Ash Wednesday humbled me a bit for posting my list of items in the first place.

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

 So since I’ve already received my reward I figured I might as well give an update on the list.

1. 1 hour of TV per Week
This hasn’t been an issue, but I did catch myself Thursday morning grabbing for the remote.

2. No Coke 
I’ve been in meetings all week with free Coke sitting on the table so the temptation is there but I’ve held strong.

3. Coffee only 1 day per Week
Had my coffee this morning, I’ve been a bit tired and aggitated until today.  It appears that between coke & coffee, I was a bit more tied to caffine than I thought.

4. No reading news articles on my Blackberry
This was tough on Wednesday but I’ve been able to settle into a groove of not looking to my Blackberry.  Changing my home page helped too.

5. Restart a Morning Rosary
Going Great

I hope your Lent is going well and I will say a prayer for all my readers today.  God Bless.

Showing Up For The Dirt

You know what’s amazing about Ash Wednesday?  Even though it’s not a holy day of obligation Ash Wednesday Masses always seems to be packed.  I went at 6:30am Mass and the church was 70% full and the Masses after that were jam packed.  This doesn’t seem to be the case for other weekday Masses even those on days where Catholics are required to attend.

Most Catholics in the United States have daily Mass available to them, they can receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ any day of the week but, as a whole, rarely do.   Yet on Ash Wednesday a large number of Catholics come out of the wood work to get some dirt rubbed on their head.  The whole thought of it is just something to ponder.  I would love to hear peoples thoughts and comments on this.

Google Images & George Bush

Okay I just found out the other day that my George Bush picture is the top image on Google Images when you search on “george bush”

It actually brings a lot of vistors to my page.  I’m not sure how it got to be #1 but I might suggest that “W” convert and


UPDATE: 2/19/2010 1:05pm
Google giveth and Google taketh away.  The picture is no longer in the #1 spot or even on the 1st page although it was on Tuesday night.

A Little Black Spot