Daily Prayer for Priests

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church ... give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness.

O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of Your Mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priest, for You can do all things. - St. Faustina (Diary, 1052)

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Catholics Are Born For Combat!

archangel-michael Spiritual Warfare Is Not For The Faint Of Heart!

Father Richard Heilman - “The time is now to prepare an elite fighting force, surrendering to God and then allowing His grace to invade every aspect of our lives.” Admission into Christ’s elite fighting force begins by knowing that by your baptism you have been commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is the mission of saving souls. This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle.

“Holiness,” wrote Benedict XVI, “has its deepest root in the grace of baptism, in being grafted on to the Paschal Mystery of Christ, by which His Spirit is communicated to us, His very life as the Risen One.” Jesus Christ is the one Whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king. The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them. (CCC 783).

From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. In other words, the power of the Holy Spirit to combat evil and rescue souls proceeds precisely through the three offices of Christ: Priest, Prophet, and King.

Office Of Priest

The first office we receive in baptism is that of priest (the priesthood of the laity). Fr. Robert Barron says, “A priest prays for others, intercedes, and performs sacrifices. Priests are border walkers. They walk the border between heaven and earth. They are mediators as friends of God and friends of the human race. They bring divinity and humanity together. It means you must be a person of prayer — intercessory prayer — prayer on behalf of others. It pleases God to channel His providential care precisely through us and through the instrumentality of our prayer.”

Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a Saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” — those who are totally dedicated to the mission. In the military, this dedication is revealed in the “Warrior Ethos,” four simple lines embedded in the Soldier’s Creed:

  • I will always place the mission first.
  • I will never accept defeat.
  • I will never quit.
  • I will never leave a fallen comrade.

The last line of the Warrior Ethos, “I will never leave a fallen comrade,” is really striking. When I read this, I think of recent Medal of Honor recipients who reportedly ran through a hail of bullets to rescue their comrades from the clutches of the enemy. It is very similar in the spiritual realm.

When our loved ones are “dead in sin,” they are not only separated from God, but they lose their desire to seek God. Some become so far removed from God that they find repulsive all things spiritual. So, prayer, Holy Mass, spiritual reading, etc. all become boring and, to some, even detestable when they are dead inside: no Divine Life. They are, quite literally, caught behind enemy lines (imprisoned in their worldliness) with no way out unless some campaign of search and rescue is launched.

Pope Francis refers to the Church as a “field hospital after the battle.” Does our love, care, and concern for them extend to their eternal salvation? Pray unceasingly for them!

Remember the Warrior Ethos: “I will never leave a fallen comrade!”

Office of Prophet

The second office we receive in baptism is that of prophet. Fr. Robert Barron says, “A prophet is someone who speaks for God. Their task is to speak God’s word, in season and out (whether that word is popular or not). It means you should be a reader of theology and spirituality so that you might, as St. Peter put it, ‘give a reason for the hope that is in you.’ We’re living in a time when religion is under attack. If someone challenged you, could you give a reason for the hope that is in you?”

For Pope Leo XIII, to be a prophet means we are “born for combat”:

“To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. The only ones who win when Christians stay quiet” he says, “are the enemies of truth. The silence of Catholics is particularly disturbing because frequently a few bold words would have vanquished the false ideas.”

The element of surprise often catches us off-guard when faced with an opportunity to defend the faith from attacks or admit why our faith is so important to us. Those moments often come and go rather quickly. This is why it is essential for us to make the necessary preparations by developing short but powerful statements or quotes that really leave, in a brief moment, a spiritual mark on the recipients. In the public relations world, these are called “talking points.” Or, as Pope Leo XIII called them, “a few bold words.”

A talking point in a debate or discourse is a succinct statement designed to persuasively support one side taken on an issue. Such statements can either be free-standing or created as retorts to the opposition’s talking points. Yes, you should study theology and spirituality but, like arrows in your quiver, you must have these talking points prepared and memorized, ready to fire. More than anything else, before ever opening your mouth, take a deep breath and ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you in love.

Office of King

The third office we receive in baptism is that of king. A king is someone who leads others to God. A good king is someone who leads by example. A good king is someone who puts those in his charge ahead of himself. Christ the King said, “I have not come to be served, but to serve.” And then He got down on His hands and knees and washed the dirty feet of His disciples. He told them, “You want to be great? Then be the slave of the rest.” (Mt 20:27-28, Jn 13:4-5)

As Jean-Baptiste Chautard recounts in his book “The Soul of The Apostolate”, Pope St. Pius X was conversing with a group of his cardinals one day. The pope asked them: 
“What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?”

“Build Catholic schools,” said one.
“No.”
“More churches,” said another.
“Still no.”
“Speed up the recruiting of priests,” said a third.
“No, no,” said the pope. “The most necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen who will be at the same time virtuous, enlightened, resolute, and truly apostolic.”

Chautard continues, “Further details enable us to assert that this holy pope at the end of his life saw no hope for the salvation of the world unless the clergy could use their zeal to form faithful Christians full of apostolic ardor, preaching by word and example, but especially by example. In the diocese where he served before being elevated to the papacy, he attached less importance to the (count) of parishioners than to the list of Christians capable of radiating an apostolate. It was his opinion that shock troops could be formed in any environment.”

“Shock troops” (or assault troops) is actually a military term that refers to infantry formations, along with supporting units, created to lead an attack. Consider the Allied Forces of World War II moving toward the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. That first wave of men knew full well that their chances were extremely poor of ever leaving that beach alive, but they knew somebody needed to go first. It is no less than profound that the holy Pope St. Pius X would use a military term, shock troops, to describe the most necessary need of our times. The pope was resolute in acknowledging that we are in spiritual warfare as he calls for an uncommon valor willing to be the tip of the spear, the vanguard.

In other words, we need warrior saints unafraid “to lead.”

Originally posted at: One Peter Five.com

 

But Father, They Love Each Other

Homosexuality, Celibacy and Marriage

by Father Chris Pietraszko:
If two people love each other, and the Church doesn’t allow them to get married, is this wrong?

You know what is wrong with this question? “Love” is used without a definition and without proper understanding. I love my friends, I love my parents, I love my sisters, I love my brother priests. I have no desire to marry them. What we actually mean when we ask the question is:

If two people have erotic (eros) love for each other, is it wrong if the Church doesn’t allow them to get married.

What this tells us is that married love has a sexual component to it as part of its definition. And so sexuality has to be examined as well. Does sexual love have a definition beyond mere attraction and consent?

The view for same-sex marriage really is not intellectual . .

Let’s examine the biology of the human body, the spirituality of being feminine and masculine. You see, at this point most people check out. The view for same-sex marriage really is not intellectual, it is about stubbornly adhering to leaving things general and vague so that one can fulfill the profoundly deep desire for sexual union.

One can love someone you do not marry, and so we get into the trickery of language when the term “love” is so generally used. One does not need to get married to another to prove their love for that person, otherwise, we would all hate our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and friends.

 

 We do need to be sensitive . . .

However we do need to be sensitive to the fact that asking a person to not have sexual expression with another whom they find attraction to is undoubtedly not an easy burden to carry. We cannot be flippant about the self-denial that such an individual has to make. Nor can we simply demand that such individuals find their way through life without any sort of friendship or support from a community.

This is why the Catechism insists that those struggling with same-sex attractions should have “disinterested friendships.” This doesn’t mean friendships lacking deep love, but rather friendships that are not expressed through erotic love.

Furthermore the issue goes beyond same-sex relationships because some are also called by God to live a celibate life for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In this case, men or women attracted to the opposite sex are called to sacrifice marriage. This is a challenging calling as well, and it really involves a life of grace, unity with a community, and support from others.
Recently I attended a wedding, and I watched the joy experienced by so many members of the family. Many celebrated their own marriage, and danced, demonstrating intimacy. My heart was pierced by this joy, not in an envious way, but in a way that reminded me that this was a type of love my own flesh and blood has been denied by virtue of my priestly-calling.

 

See the Church/God oppresses you  . . .

Now to many, they would stop here, and think: “See the Church/God oppresses you. It doesn’t allow you to be happy.” But this is a spiritually immature and telling statement from such an individual. The mystics, such as St. Theresa of Avila often speak of a wounding type of love that comes from God, where we experience a deep longing in the heart. When we do not have God or the Church as the groom of our soul, this longing cannot be sustained and is crushing.

But with God it becomes an utterly joyful pain to bear, because it bears such an incredible fruit within our spiritual lives. My guardian angel and my own spirit responded to this wound of longing by simply saying, “The Church is worth the sacrifice.” Meaning that I am incredibly blessed to be exclusively married to the Church, and to devote my life to serve her as my wife. This is a blessing, and incredible gift, and while it stings the sting becomes a tremendous way to enter into the sacrificial love that Christ has for His Church.
If married couples cannot understand the deep and profound gift of celibacy, they will likely not understand the deep and profound gift of marriage. Because to understand them both, we must understand the meaning of sacrificial love, love that is willing to commit in both good-times and bad. Without this married life is nothing more than a fleeting, superficial choice based upon emotions, arousal and some vague terminology: “love.”

When I hear priests resentfully criticize unmarried clergy, I consider them spiritually sick. How can they resent their own call so boldly to offer up their lives for the Church? The Bride should be insulted by this. Of course, I do not regard this an unchangeable reality in the Church nor do I imply that clergy who are justifiably married in the Church to have any hatred towards their wife. But to seek to obliterate that call of celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom in general, and not recognize its value especially in the priesthood is to deny your own vocation, your own wife.

The Definition of Marriage CANNOT Change: Think About It

If You Change Marriage, Then  You Change EVERYTHING

by Fr. John Hollowell:

As I’ve admitted on here elsewhere, I was a math major.

Euclid’s Geometry is based on five axioms. These axioms are used to build the whole system. If you change one of the axioms (i.e. you say “two parallel lines CAN intersect”) then the ENTIRE system changes, and it looks COMPLETELY different than Euclidean Geometry.Fr. John Hollowell

You can change one of the axioms, but the change echoes throughout the system, producing a completely new system.

Marriage between a man and a woman is an axiom of our society. It is assumed to be true and everything hinges on that as a foundational principle. There are a few other “axiomatic” principles that our society is founded on. The Church notes that a just society is one in which:

1) the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death, is honored
2) religious freedom is granted
3) the right to work is respected
4) marriage is between a man and a woman

IF YOU STOP UPHOLDING THESE VALUES…THE SYSTEM CRASHES…DEMOCRACY EXISTS NO MORE

Some people think the Church is against same-sex “marriage” because the Bible and the Church are against same-sex sex. The Church is against same-sex “marriage” because the Church knows the types of decisions that bring societies crashing down – and one of those would be a redefinition of what marriage is.

That’s why the Church says:

“If, from a legal standpoint, marriage between a man and a woman were to be considered just one possible form of marriage, the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation, with grave detriment to the common good.” (Compendium of Social Teaching, paragraph 228).

Here’s the point – we’re not saying, as Catholics, that society needs to listen to us because God is great and “you all need to do what God says”…

The Catholic Church says, as a political advisor, IF YOU CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE, YOUR SOCIETY WILL NOT ENDURE

If you change one of the foundational axioms, you change EVERYTHING…and when you change an axiom, what you soon have is a system that looks NOTHING like what you had before

Public Black Mass: Bishop Calls for Eucharistic Adoration and Processions

by Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery

A letter from Bishop Slattery
Countering with Prayer the proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City

Bishop Edward J. Slattery

Bishop Edward J. Slattery

 

Courageous Priest Note:  Will You Charitably Call The Oklahma City’s Music Civic Center at (405) 297-2584 to voice your concern for the intolerance being shown to the Catholic Church. Well, while we are at it,  we just as well call the entire staff. Don’t you think that would be a good idea?  Here is their Facebook Page and Twitter Page.  You can leave comments.

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My Dear People:

As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center.     As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue, I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting:

1. Please keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as an extraordinary period of prayer and penance. I am asking every Catholic to abstain from all meat and meat products from August 6 through the 14th. I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael. Printed copies of these prayers are available in the bulletin and at the entrances of the church. Be strong and encourage your friends to also be strong.

2. On Assumption Day, August 15th, we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us. On that day I in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.

3. Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the Diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21 at the same time (7:00 p.m.) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City. Wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa

 

 

Hell is for Real!

9 Sins That Can Send You To Hell
And 5 Simple Tools to Combat Them

by Father Ed Broom, OMV

Our life is very short and the stakes are very high: salvation or condemnation! It is for eternity—forever and ever and ever! We will either be with God the angels and saints and Mary the Queen of the angels and saints in heaven forever! Or we will be lost forever in hell with the devil and his minions in the fire that is never extinguished, and the worm never dies.

These are eternal truths that we should meditate upon day and night so as to attain the crown of eternal life in heaven.

MAYOR OBSTACLE: THE BATTLE FOR PURITY OF LIFE!

Our Lady of Fatima made the sad but all too true comment that most souls are lost for all eternity in the fire of hell due to the sins of the flesh or the sins against the virtue of purity. Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children—Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia in 1917.

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima showing the children hell.

9 Sins That Can Send You To Hell

Since then the world has descended into an almost endless swamp of immorality and impurity. Young people cohabiting, the legalization and promotion of homosexuality, adultery spreading like the wildfires of California, movies almost always portraying indecent scenes, immodest dress that provokes to no limits, addictions to pornography and masturbation, the sins against the sixth and ninth Commandments go on and on almost like an endless abyss. St. Teresa of Avila, woman Doctor of the Church made this wry comment: “Those who live in sin, we should not be surprised what they do but surprised what they do not do.” In other words this saint asserts that the ability to sin and its malicious creativity has no limits—like the infinite abyss!

However, in the midst of the world inundated by materialism, sensuality, hedonism and worse yet—moral relativism, which really means nothing is really wrong, but all is permissible—we should always have hope. Why? By nature we are the epitome of fragility and weakness. However, God is a strong, immovable Rock! The Archangel Gabriel said to Mary in the account of the Annunciation—“All is possible for God!”

To attain this virtue of purity, that all of us must strive for on a daily basis mastery is demanded, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church so clearly teaches. (CCC) I would like to suggest one simple practice: a loving, tender and growing devotion to Our Lady, consecrating our whole being to her, especially our purity! This love for Our Lady we should discover and cultivate and try to plant this deeply in the very heart of our families, our children and especially our youth who are assaulted constantly every day (almost every hour) with temptations against purity!

What can we do? I would like to suggest five simple but very powerful devotions directed to Mary. A side note! Never forget that the more we love Mary then the more we will love Jesus and the Blessed Trinity. Mary is the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son and the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is also the Mother of the Church and our dear Mother in the order of grace!

5 Simple Devotions to Combat Satan

St. Maximilian Kolbe and Mary

  1. CONSECRATION TO MARY. As soon as you hear the alarm clock, out of bed, on your knees and consecrate your whole being to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Cure of Ars said that those who begin well will end well. The Founder of Opus Dei, St. Jose Maria Escriva Balaguer, calls the first moment of the day “the heroic moment”. If at first we conquer the flesh and give ourselves to Jesus through Mary then it will be easier to win the subsequent battles in the course of the day.
  2. ANGELUS. Get in the habit of praying that beautiful Marian prayer that the Holy Father prays publically at noon every Sunday that is called the Angelus. If possible pray the Angelus three times a day: 9:00. A.m. to sanctify the morning hours through the aroma of Mary. Noon, to sanctify the afternoon through the breath of Mary; then 6:00 p.m. to sanctify the evening hours through the beautiful memory and fragrance of Mary!
  3. TEMPTED? When tempted, especially against the virtue of purity, quickly but calmly, pray the HAIL MARY! By doing this, the most pure and Immaculate heart of Mary will expel the bad image or temptation. The devil has a mortal fear of the Holy Name of Mary and especially the prayer the HAIL MARY! Never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection was left unaided. (The Memorare)
  4. LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS, MARY, AND ST. JOSEPH. St. Teresa of Avila asserts that we sin especially because we forget about the Presence of God. If we can strive to be constantly living in the Presence of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph then the enemy and sin cannot get into our lives. It is highly recommended the reading of “Brother Lawrence and the Presence of God”. This humble lay brother achieved holiness by this one simple practice: living constantly in the Presence of God!
  5. DAILY ROSARY! David had to confront a formidable enemy: Goliath! According to any military standards, David would have never been able to conquer this giant in battle. The odds were all against him, to say the least! Goliath was bigger; he had sword and spear and armour-bearer. Goliath had experience and age on his side. However, David went trusting God and with one launching of a small stone grounded the giant and finishes Goliath off by cutting off his head, with Goliath’s own sword(what irony!!!) With regard to sexuality and purity, on a daily basis we are surrounded not by one Goliath but by a huge army of Goliaths! Humanly speaking from all external appearances it seems as if we and our young ones are doomed! But no! If we can lift our minds, our hearts, our souls and trust to Our Lady by praying the most Holy Rosary on a daily basis, the victory will be ours! The Rosary is the sling shot and the stones the Hail Marys!

In conclusion, friends in Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph, if we want to conquer the world, the flesh and the devil and attain the virtue of purity let us lift up our heart, mind, soul, and bodies to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the victory will be ours through her powerful intercession!

Archbishop Sample: Christians are Marginalized and Pushed Out

Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland

We are so blessed! Many in our world today continue to experience religious oppression and persecution. Not the least of these are our Christian brothers and sisters who, in some parts of the world today, are persecuted and even killed for their faith and witness to Jesus Christ. Unthinkable as it may seem, it is true. In some parts of the world, many of our brothers and sisters are threatened with death for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Religious Liberty is Threatened and Under Siege

Archbishop Alexander Sample

Archbishop Alexander Sample

But even in our own land — this land of liberty — our religious liberty is threatened and under siege. Some people call such a statement “alarmist” or “unfounded,” but an honest and objective analysis can come to no other conclusion. Believers, especially Christians, are becoming more and more marginalized and pushed out of the public square. There are clearly those who wish to deny us a rightful place at the table in the great debate that goes on to shape the moral fabric of our society according to values of human dignity taught us by the Gospel. Some wish to silence us.

Recent examples are the HHS mandate forcing private persons of faith and even religious institutions to provide insurance coverage that includes means of contraception that can abort a newly conceived human life. Also, in the debate over the nature of marriage, some of those who seek to redefine marriage as something other than a permanent union between one man and one woman label those who seek to defend traditional marriage as “bigoted,” “homophobic” and/or “hateful” people. Worse yet, some defenders of traditional marriage are driven out of business or lose their jobs. This is an attempt to silence and discredit us.

Believers today are in danger of finding themselves in the same situation as those early Christians we read about in the New Testament — living our lives as disciples of Jesus in a society which does not understand us and with a government that is even at times hostile to us and our religious and moral values.

Our first, greatest and most cherished liberty, given to us by God and guaranteed by our Constitution, is our religious liberty: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

We must defend and fight for religious liberty, not just for ourselves, but for all persons of faith and good will. Many have made tremendous sacrifices to gain for us this freedom and to defend it. Many of our ancestors gave their very lives to gain for us this freedom, and many have died to defend it.

There must be a wakeup call all across America to defend religious liberty. Not just the freedom to “worship” within our churches, but the liberty to freely live and witness to our faith in the public square, unhindered by the restrictions some seek to impose.

We must be clear.

We are not seeking to impose our religious belief or practice on others. We are dealing with human moral issues that transcend any particular religious system of belief, but which are written on every human heart by the Creator, from whose hand each of has come into this world.

Therefore, let us entrust ourselves and our liberty to Almighty. May our religious and human liberty always be protected, and may we have the courage to take action to defend that liberty as have so many who have gone before us.

“The Spirit of Vatican II:” A Crock of Bulloney

Re-claiming the Sacred Music

by Fr. Jay Finelli:

I received the following eMail today:

Dear Fr. Jay Finelli,

In the spirit of the new evangelization we are celebrating our 44th year in guitar music ministry. It has been a long journey from those original “guitar masses”. Today’s worshippers demand a musical sophistication that is liturgical, relevant, contemporary. Please enjoy this sample of our work (link removed) and if you have a need for music ministry in your parish please contact us.

I have no doubt that the person who sent me the eMail is very sincere. However, let’s take a look at this.

“In the spirit of the new evangelization” And what is that? Haven’t we had enough with the “Spirit of Vatican II”. It just time to give up the ghost! Let’s leave aside all this nonsense of the “spirit” of this and that and get to the essence and the root of something.

A Crock of Bulloney

First, the “spirit of Vatican II” is a crock of bulloney (Yes, I purposely misspelled baloney. You get my drift). If people would only read what the documents are and stop making them up as they go along. The REAL Vatican II had noting to do with eliminating Latin, the priest facing the people, the introduction of “folk Masses” and every kind of music, except for that desired by the Most Holy Council.

Guitar Mass

Yes, this is a real Mass.

And the “New Evangelization” is not a re-making of the Catholic Church and Her worship. It is a living who we are and what we have been given with zeal and fidelity. So in reality, it is not a “new” evangelization. It is a continuation of the same evangelization that began with our Lord and His Apostles 2000 years ago. The only difference is in how we present these sacred truths and institutions. There is much more that we could say about that, but let’s move on.

Let’s take a look at the “un-spirit” of Vatican II, or should I say, the real thing. Yes, let us see what Sacrosanctum Concilium really has to say about music in the Sacred Liturgy.

“In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 120.)

Acoustic, electric guitars should never be part of the Sacred Liturgy.

The fathers of Vatican II clearly wanted the “pipe organ” to be the ordinary instrument used in the Roman Rite of the Latin Church. Ordinary means that this is the instrument used above all others, and all other musical instruments are to be used in support of the pipe organ, not the other way around. I can foresee the use of a classical guitar to augment the pipe organ on special Feast Days, or when the organ is not functioning properly, but it may not replace the “ordinary” instrument of the Liturgy. Acoustic, electric guitars should never be part of the Sacred Liturgy.

“But other instruments also may be admitted for use in divine worship, with the knowledge and consent of the competent territorial authority, as laid down in Art. 22, 52, 37, and 40. This may be done, however, only on condition that the instruments are suitable, or can be made suitable, for sacred use, accord with the dignity of the temple, and truly contribute to the edification of the faithful.” SC 120)

Guitars, drums, tambourines, electronic keyboards and a number of other musical instruments and I would dear say, the piano, smack of the secular. These are instruments that take the mind to a rock concert or your local watering hole. The pipe organ would surely not be heard in a pub or rock concert.

The same goes for the style of music admitted to the Liturgy.

To the extent that the new sacred music is to serve the liturgical celebrations of the various churches, it can and must draw from earlier forms — especially from Gregorian chant — a higher inspiration, a uniquely sacred quality, a genuine sense of what is religious. (St. John Paul II, 1980)

So, does this mean that we are to admit contemporary “praise and worship music”? I think that would be a gross misunderstanding of the Council. The fathers of the Council were not thinking in terms of allowing a style of music that one might heard in a secular venue. they recognized that the music of the Church IS Gregorian chant. However, there are other legitimate forms of sacred music. There is a caveat. They did not leave this up to the imagination or whim and fancies of the musician. They went on to write:

“other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations, so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action.” (SC 116)

Pope Paul VI saw the dam that broke in the Church music situation. In 1974, he tried to plug the hole and set the Church back on course when he wrote to all the Bishops of the world. He sent all the Bishops a book called Jubilate Deo. This document contains all of the basic chants that should be familiar to every practicing Catholic.

Over 50 years after the the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium and it is still probably one of the most debated documents of the Church. It’s time for every musician and every Catholic to slowly and prayerfully read the source to see what the Father’s of the Second Vatican Council really said and what they did not so as to stop making it up as we go along.

- See more at: http://www.ipadre.net/2014/07/in-the-spirit-of-the-new-evangelization/#sthash.mE3WRIga.dpuf

Pope Francis: No Church, No Jesus!

pope-francis-2-300Pope Francis discussed three main points in connection with the theme of belonging: that it is impossible to be a Christian “by oneself”; that belonging to the Church means being formed by members who have in their own turn received the faith – that is to say – to be part of a living tradition; that the Church – the community of faith – is the essential and necessary mediator of grace, including the grace of knowledge of and relationship with the Lord.

“There are those who believe you can have a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside of the communion and the mediation of the Church,” said Pope Francis. “These are,” he went on to say, “dangerous and harmful temptations.” It was a theme to which he returned in the English-language summary that was read out after his main catechesis in Italian. “Our relationship with Christ is personal but not private; it is born of, and enriched by, the communion of the Church.”

The Holy Father went on to say, “Our shared pilgrimage is not always easy: at times we encounter human weakness, limitations and even scandal in the life of the Church.” Nevertheless, he continued, “God has called us to know him and to love him precisely by loving our brothers and sisters, by persevering in the fellowship of the Church and by seeking in all things to grow in faith and holiness as members of the one body of Christ.”

Originally posted at:  Vatican Radio (Edited for Length and Content)