Nazaret

Gioia  o tristezza, guerra o pace, amore o odio, purezza o immoralità, carità o cupidigia sono tremende realtà che fanno il loro spartiacque sul crinale dell’interiorità dell’uomo.  Vivere le cose comuni, i rapporti con gli uomini, il lavoro quotidiano, l’amore dei nostri in un determinato modo può generare santi – in un determinato altro modo, può generare demoni.

Millais - carpenter's workshop

Gesù a Nazaret ci ha insegnato a vivere da santi tutte le ore del giorno. Tutte le ore del giorno sono valide e capaci di contenere l’ispirazione divina, la volontà del Padre, la contemplazione della preghiera: la santità, insomma. Tutte le ore del giorno sono sante – basta viverle come Gesù ci ha insegnato a viverle.

E per questo non è nemmeno indispensabile chiudersi in un convento o stabilire alla nostra vita orari strani e qualche volta disumani. No. Basta accettare la realtà che viene dalla vita. Il lavoro è una di queste realtà, la maternità, l’educazione dei figli, la famiglia con tutti i suoi impegni, la cura della casa è un’altra di queste realtà.

Driscoll - The WasherwomanQueste realtà devono essere santificate, e non dobbiamo pensare che si è santi solo se si prendono i voti.

Questa strana mentalità di considerare come sola materia di vita spirituale le ore di lettura o di preghiera e di non tenere in nessun conto le ore di lavoro e di rapporti sociali, quindi le ore più numerose, è motivo di gravi deformazioni, di vere storture, e, nel migliore dei casi, di personalità religiose anemiche o rachitiche.

Tutto l’uomo deve essere trasformato dal messaggio evangelico – non c’è azione in lui che possa essere indifferente all’esempio di Cristo – tutto contribuisce a santificarlo o a dannarlo.

Velazquez - old woman cookingNazaret è la vita d’un uomo, d’una famiglia in tutta l’ampiezza dell’at-tività umana – è la maniera di vivere per trent’anni, quindi per il più lungo tempo a disposizione per realtà umane destinate a passare nel crogiolo della fede, della speranza e della carità.

Pochi hanno così bene riassunto la santità delle cose comuni come Gandi nei suoi scritti – ecco cosa dice il grande mistico indiano: “Se quando s’immerge la mano nel catino dell’acqua, se quando si attizza il fuoco con il soffietto, se quando si allineano interminabili colonne di numeri al proprio tavolo di contabile, se quando, scottati dal sole, si è immersi nella melma della risaia, se quando si è in piedi davanti alla fornace del fonditore … non si realizza la stessa vita religiosa proprio come se si fosse in preghiera in un monastero, il mondo non sarà mai salvo”.

Il più efficace metodo di apostolato è il vivere da cristiano. Il modo migliore di divulgare la nostra fede è vivere ogni momento della nostra vita sull’esempio della vita di Gesù a Nazaret. Specialmente oggi, in cui la gente, diventata scaltra, non vuole più ascoltare sermoni – vuole vedere! 

L’imitazione di Nazaret non è piccola cosa.

Quando pensiamo che a fianco di una famiglia santa che vive come quella di Gesù ci può essere una che, pur vivendo con lo stesso ritmo, la stessa fatica, la stessa giornata, gli stessi problemi, ne è agli antipodi come tristezza, odio, impurità, cupidigia, e a volte disperazione, non possiamo non essere convinti della immensa ricchezza interiore portata dal messaggio evangelico. Le stesse azioni, compiute sotto la luce di Dio, trasformano radicalmente la vita d’un uomo, d’una famiglia, d’una società.

Viviamo con la gioia di Cristo nel cuore. In questo modo il nostro lavoro, la normalità della nostra vita, manifesteranno ciò che siamo: cittadini cristiani che vogliono essere all’altezza, con gioia, delle stupende esigenze della nostra fede, nella sua pienezza.    

37 Responses to “Nazaret”


  1. 1 OsteriaVolante November 5, 2009 at 17:37

    Questo bel post mi riporta alla mente delle bellissime pagine de “La storia di Cristo” di Papini, quando descrive Gesù che lavora nella bottega vive la vita quotidiana.

    L’oste

  2. 2 Andrea November 5, 2009 at 19:33

    Una ventata di aria fresca e ossigenata. Thank you

  3. 3 Lorenzo November 5, 2009 at 19:47

    Modestia, purezza. Dove sono oggi le persone che le praticano? Per non parlare di vita di famiglia, lavoro,educazione dei figli, maternità, che sfacelo sociale, dove sono finiti questi valori ? Sembra di vedere il riaffiorarsi di un nuovo mondo pagano. Vita spirituale non di certo, materiale si’, sempre di più. E in tutto questo marasma, confusione, quanto c’è di colpevolezza da parte dei nostri Don e Monsignori vestiti da play boys? Ci sarà un altro San Francesco o altra Santa Caterina che verranno ad urlare a queste genti quanto è sbagliato il loro insegnamento. Prego tanto che Dio si decida a mandarli tra di noi.

  4. 4 Laura November 5, 2009 at 19:55

    Ke bella riflessione. Si, proprio una ventata d’aria fresca🙂

    Xchè è così difficile vivere come Gesù? Studiare e lavorare sereni e tranquilli, pulire la casa, aiutarci a vicenda, pregare insieme in famiglia, accogliere la sofferenza e le difficoltà serenamente, evitare gli sprechi, faticare per vivere e vivere bene con gli altri, aiutare ki ha bisogno, rispettare gli altri, sorridere e piangere insieme e xdonare, sempre xdonare – xchè è così difficile?

  5. 5 Giampì November 5, 2009 at 19:56

    Entrando nel vivo della famiglia di Nazaret emergono situazioni e virtù non dissimili da quelle che siamo chiamati a vivere e praticare tutti noi nel contesto di una qualsiasi umana normale famiglia. La vita di Gesù è stata una vita travagliata sin dalla sua nascita e della sua prima infanzia. Non l’hanno risparmiato né prove né persecuzioni e sappiamo bene come si è conclusa la sua esperienza terrena. La madre sua Maria ha condiviso in tutto e con rara intensità le sofferenze del figlio suo. Ha sperimentato i dubbi di Giuseppe, la persecuzione di Erode, l’esilio in Egitto, il misterioso silenzio di lunghi anni e poi le contestazioni e le trame contro il suo Gesù. Una mamma vera come tante altre, che contempliamo, nel momento finale, ai piedi della croce con il suo figlio morente tra le braccia.. Giuseppe ha svolto il suo ruolo oscuro ed umile da uomo giusto, saggio ed operoso, nell’esercizio di un umile mestiere, nella consapevolezza che le grandi opere di Dio passano anche attraverso gli umili gesti di un povero falegname.
    Quanti esempi abbiamo da assumere, quanta luce emana da quell’umile casetta di Nazaret, quante grazie possiamo attenderci da una famiglia così speciale, ma anche così esperta di vita vera.

  6. 6 Asmarina November 6, 2009 at 06:17

    MI viene in mente un libro che ho letto : “Brother Lawrence” un monk that did everything as if he was doing it for God….even peeling potatoes…lots of pockets of them….as he lived and worked in the kitchens in a monastery.
    He said that even when he picked up a pencil that had fallen on the floor….he gave thanks and picked it up for God without ever complaining……….that is an example to follow !
    Unfortunately I fail dismally on a daily basis……this post on Nazareth makes me reflect and think about my bad habits and strive one day at a time especially not to moan……thank you Gabriella……..gosh do I need reminders constantly !!

    • 7 Asmarina November 6, 2009 at 07:20

      Oh I remember the name of the Book : The practice of the presence of God – Brother Lawrence. His whole life was a conscious awareness and pray to God.

  7. 8 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 07:01

    Magnifico questo post Gabriella! Senza dubbio e’ lo Spirito Santo che ti guida … non puo’ non essere altrimenti – ogni nuovo post che scrivi sembra migliore di quello precedente che era gia’ un capolavoro!!

    Mi sembra quasi umanamente impossibile tirar fuori sempre e invariabilmente le parole giuste, pensieri sensati e intelligenti, e tanto giudizio e parole sempre meravigliose senza mai un errore o un pensiero dubbio … e per di piu’ il tutto adornato con figure e fotografie ottime e di rilevanza!!

    Io rimango sempre a bocca aperta!! 🙂 Qual’e’ il segreto? Io dico che di sicuro e’ lo Spirito Santo.

    Now, please tell me something that really troubled me today. I went to Mass to a church near where I work, in the city. I walked in 10 minutes beforehand and noticed on the altar the Monstrance with the Holy Presence in it, lit candles, and incense burning nearby – several people were in the pews singing an anglicised version of “Tantum Ergo.” No priest. So I thought, this must be benediction without a priest, or just adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

    But no, it was indeed Benediction. Because suddenly a lay person gets up and goes to the back of the altar, facing the people (like a priest does). She genuflects, then lifts up the Monstrance while another lay person in the front pew rings the bells.

    Well! I was just so stunned I started to shake. I was so shocked. A lay person, a WOMAN lay person, acting like a priest and lifting the Monstrance at the altar. Wow. I thought I’d seen all the abominations …. but this was just too much!

    When “benediction” ended I went straight up to this lady and asked her if she was aware of the sacrilege she had just committed. She simply said that it was fine, I shouldn’t be upset, ’cause the priest had given her “permission.” I told her I wanted to see the priest and that he was disobeying the pope and so on ….. anyhow, the priest never came to talk to me, even though I waited for him after Mass, and the lady in question also disappeared.

    What do you think? Did I over-react? Should I be writing to the Archbishop (yet again?) …. I am really dumbfounded.

    Sorry to digress from the topic in question. It seems these days all the negativity is happening in my neck of the woods!!!

    • 9 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 09:04

      Cinzia — No, you didn’t overreact and, yes, you might wish to write to the Archbishop again. Do save copies of your letters so you have a dossier of all the offenses they are committing against Our Lord.

      I thought only a priest was to handle the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament inside. And, from what I know, he is the only one who can conduct this rite (apologies if I am using the wrong terminology here).

      I feel so bad that you are making every effort to find a proper Mass to attend — going to various churches in your city and suburbs during the week and on Sundays — and keep finding these situations. God bless you in your search.

  8. 10 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 09:30

    Thank you Churchmouse, I appreciate your response and your support. To me, this act would be the same as if a lay person lifted the host and the chalice at the time of Consecration at Holy Mass.

    A lay woman lifting the Monstrance at the altar, facing the people while someone rings the bells …… gosh! Utterly unbelievable. I would love it if a priest or bishop would answer my questions right here and tell me what he thinks and what I should do.

    I am not finished with the parish priest of today … he might have disappeared today, but I’ll catch him sooner or later🙂

    Sorry folks, I seem to be the bearer of bad news all of the time.
    But where else better than here to exchange information, suggestions and what is right and wrong?

    Thanks again Churchmouse.

    • 11 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 09:40

      You’re welcome, Cinzia!🙂

      ‘I would love it if a priest or bishop would answer my questions right here and tell me what he thinks and what I should do.’

      Probably not from your own archdiocese, though! There are so many good priests and bishops but also many who are indifferent. They will be called to account for their actions in the next life.

      Sadly, laypeople are less catechised than before. I reckon few thought anything was wrong with a layperson conducting Benediction or with the Mass you described in the thread of Nov. 3 (my jaw is still dropping — was that valid??).

  9. 12 Orsobruno November 6, 2009 at 09:59

    La vita quotidiana, soprattutto in alcune circostanze, sembra talmente prosaica, talmente terra-terra, che sembra impossibile trasformarla in materia di santificazione…
    In un certo senso è vero: noi non trasformiamo un bel niente. Ma lo Spirito Santo, per la Misericordia di Dio, unisce la nostra giornata alla Croce Santa di Gesù, e così giungerà a Dio Padre carica di un valore inimmaginabile. Però questo non è automatico, bisogna volerlo; perlomeno, dico, con l’offerta delle azioni.
    Quindi anche quando converso senza troppo impegno con mia moglie, quando faccio il buffone con i miei figli, quando schiaccio il tasto “mi piace” su facebook, quando guardo un video di Laura Pausini, quando i miei 6/7 invasati al giorno mi suonano dietro con la macchina, posso farmi santo?
    Posso… e devo!
    Ma ho bisogno di costruire su adeguate fondamenta: la Santa Eucaristia, seguita da un ringraziamento non frettoloso.
    Aurelio

  10. 13 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 10:12

    Churchmouse, I have no idea whether certain masses are valid or not. Couldn’t say. All over the place I read of sacrilegious acts such as giving Communion in the hand … and yet one sees this practice everywhere except in the Tridentine Mass. Are all those Masses invalid then?

    Someone who knows a lot more than me can answer that question perhaps.

    • 14 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 10:22

      I was thinking not of Communion in the hand so much as all the parts of the Mass the priest omitted, like the Creed. Something wrong there. Maybe ‘invalid’ was the wrong term — sorry for any confusion.

      Maybe someone can say what can be omitted (heaven forbid) from the Order of the Mass and retain its validity/completeness. I can’t imagine any priest wanting to omit any part of the Order of the Mass. Did your celebrant ask everyone to give each other the Sign of Peace? Can’t omit that!😉

  11. 15 Asmarina November 6, 2009 at 10:25

    If all those Masses are invalid….then what have I done for the past 50 years of my life ?!!!!!!!!! attending a N.O. Mass !!
    Would love a priest to explain matters clearly and not just from the Tridentine Mass………..Gabriella please assist and ask a N.O. priest from Italy to comment. Many thanks

    • 16 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 10:38

      Hi, Asmarina — No, not all NO Masses are invalid, but the one Cinzia described in Gabriella’s post of Nov. 3 sounded weird. Who omits the Creed, for example?

      • 17 Asmarina November 6, 2009 at 10:55

        Thank you Churchmouse
        In the daily Masses which are shorter…sometimes certain prayers are omitted and also sometimes the “homily” on the day’s Gospel.
        I am sure it is all valid and good.
        Oh how I wish for UNITY in the Catholic Church and also UNITY of all Chritians………maybe then we wouldn’t be in such a mess. Just got an sms from a friend of mine in Italy who said that a danish woman married to an italian sued the government because of the cross hung in all classrooms and the judges fined the italian govt Euros 5000 for moral damages as it infringes on parents sensitivity. They also told to have all crosses removed from classrooms in schools. Government is appealing and everyone protesting.
        Must be two very ignorant judges who passed the sentence. There you are…in a catholic country…..world gone mad…

  12. 18 Annachiara November 6, 2009 at 10:30

    Mi piace quello che dici Orsobruno – noi possiamo … e dobbiamo .. con adeguate fondamenta: la Santa Eucaristia, seguita da un ringraziamento non frettoloso.
    Teniamolo sempre presente e, Laura, no non è difficile, con l’aiuto dei sacramenti e della preghiera non è difficile.

    Purtroppo l’esperienza che abbiamo fatto del sacrificio giornaliero è legata a esperienze negative e di sofferenza, abbiamo cambiato il significato a questa importante parola che in realtà sta ad indicare una scelta dettata dalla più alta consapevolezza. La parola “Sacrificio” deriva dal latino “Sacrificium”, ovvero “Rendere Sacro”. Sacrificarsi è una azione compiuta con la consapevolezza e l’attitudine di servire e donare a Dio. Tutto quello che noi facciamo, qualsiasi azione con l’attitudine di dono e servizio a Dio rende l’azione stessa sacra.

  13. 19 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 10:40

    Churchmouse, I believe the Gloria is in fact omitted during weekly and low Masses, but as for the Confiteor and Credo, I am not sure …

    Personally I would definitely be a lot more delighted if the Credo (such a magnificent and meaningful prayer) was recited than the stupid shaking of hands (many of which sweaty and not so clean) just before going up to receive Communion in all those very same hands !! 😦

    And yes, the priest did not forget to omit the shaking of hands bit !! That was probably the longest part of the whole mass.
    What a sad sad situation …😦

    • 20 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 11:00

      Ugh! Why they think those germy handshakes are so necessary, I’ll never understand!

      But — you mentioned the Confiteor — I would have thought that was essential in preparation for receiving the Eucharist. So, IMHO and from what I learned growing up, that and the Creed would be necessary parts of every Mass.

      • 21 Don83 November 6, 2009 at 11:11

        The rubrics should be followed to the word!
        The Credo, the Confiteor, etc. are all part of the Mass and should not, must not, be cut, eliminated, etc.
        That would be a personal action, like informing the faithful about parish goings-on during Mass, clapping, waving arms in the air, saying: “for you and for all” during elevation rather than the true words of the gospel and the rubrics: “for you and for many”, and so on..

        A benediction done by lay people.. that’s sacrilege!
        No wonder the priest didn’t come out and anyways, if the priest was there somewhere why didn’t he celebrate benediction?!

  14. 22 Don83 November 6, 2009 at 10:47

    Both the ordinary and the extraordinary form of the Mass are valid.

    Unfortunately, the new mass’ fatal flaw is that it simply has the door kicked wide open for the possibility of error. Think of it this way… would you have your family eat at a restaurant with a 100% health code rating, or one with a 50%? Hey… both are legit… legal… technically good to go.

    Just remember, you need 3 things to make a Mass valid or invalid (as the case may be). Form, Matter, Intent.

    Form is how the Mass is celebrated. Mass in Latin is pretty much set in stone on the FORM being error free. The New Mass is built on a foundation of quicksand from the “form” perspective (excluding prayers, personal additions, and so on).

    Matter is what the Eucharist consists of prior to the Consecration. How many Latin Masses have you seen that have a tortilla or a honey wafer as the Sacred Species? Zip, zero, zilch. Can the same be said of the New Mass? Sadly, no.

    Now here is where a Latin Mass… ANY MASS can be invalid. Intent. What lies in the heart of the Celebrant? Only he and God know the answer to that. Here’s the scarey part… with the Latin Mass, you only have one category that the Mass can be invalid (if the priest goes nut-job in his mind), whereas in the New Mass, in all three categories, always, you are flirtin’ with disaster!

  15. 23 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 10:49

    Two separate conversations going on here, one in Italian about the topic, and one in English about the validity or otherwise of Masses. Sorry, Churchmouse, I meant to say the priest DID NOT forget the shaking of hands bit …. getting my phrases mixed up here ….

    apologies to Gabriella and the others for talking about something else …

  16. 24 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 10:54

    Don83 – thank you for the answer. May I ask, are you a priest?

    And if the answer to all three aspects is a bad one, then the mass would be invalid right? Seems like “flirting with disaster” means many NO masses are indeed invalid!

  17. 25 Don83 November 6, 2009 at 11:05

    No I’m not a priest – can’t you see my yellow and orange hair😉

    Yes, I truly believe that many NO masses are invalid if one considers all three: Form, Matter and Intent.

  18. 26 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 11:15

    Don83: If I had noticed your yellow and orange hair, I might have thought you were indeed a post-modern, liberal priest😉

    Asmarina: Yes, the world has gone mad. It’s called moral-relativism, cowardice and godlessness. I bet in Christian countries they care more about what Muslims want and their sensitivities than what Christians have a right to in their own countries.

    Just try going to a Muslim country and see how they accommodate people of other religions (in Somalia, for example, they chop off your head).

    Churchmouse: There are no answers I guess with regards to NO Masses – it seems the only answer is that “anything goes.”

    Thanks everyone.

    • 27 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 11:30

      ‘I bet in Christian countries they care more about what Muslims want and their sensitivities than what Christians have a right to in their own countries.’

      EU courts have ruled that Italy must take down its crucifixes in schools. The case was brought by a Finnish lady, Soile Lautsi, living in Italy who wants her children educated in a secular manner (uh, she knew the rules beforehand, IMO). She could end up being the Italian equivalent of Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

      The EU said:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8340411.stm

      “The compulsory display of a symbol of a given confession in premises used by the public authorities… restricted the right of parents to educate their children in conformity with their convictions.”

      I read in another report that Strasbourg said children could find the crucifixes ‘disturbing’. Only someone allergic to God and His Son could react that way. Pathetic.

      Anyway, the article goes on to say:

      ‘Many politicians in Italy have reacted angrily.

      ‘Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the crucifix was a “symbol of our tradition”, and not a mark of Catholicism.

      ‘One government minister called the ruling “shameful”, while another said that Europe was forgetting its Christian heritage.

      ‘The government says it will appeal against the decision.’

      Prayers for Italy that they win an appeal. Meanwhile, Ms Lautsi is receiving ‘5,000 euros ($7,400; £4,500) in damages’.

      Ciao for now!

      • 28 Asmarina November 6, 2009 at 11:53

        Thank you Churchmouse for this information. I am sure that “lady” did it for the money…….she knew when she enrolled her child in that school that it was a catholic school and had crucifixes…..why didnt she send her/him away to boarding school in Finland then ?!
        The cheek of it !
        She is another Madalyn O’Hare for sure,…wanting a Godless society and God out of the picture and comes to the heart of Christianity – Italy to cause trouble. Glad some politicians reacted angrily.
        I get so worked up when I hear things like this !! Not good for my heart !

  19. 29 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 11:26

    Don83 – the priest was there, in the “reconciliation room” I was told (what I thought was called the confessional) just before Mass, while this sacrilegious benediction was going on.

  20. 30 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 11:58

    Ms Lautsi doesn’t know it yet, but she might be receiving a lot more damages in the next life …

  21. 31 Jacopo P. November 6, 2009 at 12:24

    Santi non si nasce, si può diventarlo con la grazia di Dio. E si diventa santi nella vita di ogni giorno, quando si cerca di ascoltare e vivere la Parola di Dio dove ci troviamo e con le persone che incontriamo. Non si tratta di fare miracoli: è questa anche l’intuizione del Beato Giuseppe Allamano quando dice che “i santi sono tali non perché abbiano fatto miracoli, ma perché hanno fatto bene tutte le cose” e chiede ai suoi missionari che facciano “non cose straordinarie”, ma che siano “straordinari nell’ordinario”. Fare bene tutte le cose significa portare la santità nel quotidiano e fare del vissuto di tutti i giorni il criterio di misura della propria santità.

    Il segreto dei santi è ricominciare, confidare più nella misericordia di Dio che nell’evidenza delle proprie debolezze: i santi non sono coloro che non cadono, ma coloro che si rialzano continuamente afferrando la mano tesa di Dio. È come se camminassero per mano a Dio e rendessero così visibile la sua presenza nella loro vita e il loro essere figli.
    Noi dobbiamo raccontare Dio con la nostra vita. Non c’è miglior testimonianza.

  22. 32 Raman Chakravorthy November 6, 2009 at 15:34

    The NO Mass is valid but this does not exclude its possibility of being harmful to the faith of the faithful.
    Papa Ratzinger’s views on the subject are clearly and consistently expressed in his past writings and talks.(Ratzinger insists that these ARE NOT his views, but they are the mandate of Jesus Christ himself.) He insists that the rich liturgical heritage of the Church should appear as continuity rather than rupture. And this is not just talk: in 1991, Benedict XVI celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass in Weimar, Germany, in a crowded church, which included many priests and seminarians. In 2001, while at the Fontgombault conference, Cardinal Ratzinger sang the Tridentine Latin Mass.

    In his preface to Franz Brieds Die heilige Liturgie, Benedict XVI wrote that, ‘The Church stands and falls with the Liturgy.’ The way Holy Mass is celebrated is clearly of paramount importance to our Holy Father. In his homily given during the Tridentine Mass he celebrated in the Abbey at Fontgombault, he stated: ‘Let us pray to the Lord to help us to help the Church to celebrate the Liturgy well, to be truly at the feet of the Lord, to receive the gift of true life, the essential and necessary reality, for the salvation of all, the salvation of the world. Amen.’ It is a prayer for all Catholics, regardless of the particular rite and Mass they participate in.

    The Novus Ordo has unfortunately been abused – Papa would like for the last portion of the NO to be spoke/sung in Latin as was the original intention: That primarily only the readings, Homily and Intercessions should be exclusively in the native dialect …Even the Psalm should be sung (no more “Pop” or “Rock” or Nursery Rhymes), if possible in Latin! Is this done in your church?

    Parishes must provide misselettes, if they cannot understand the Latin, with which to follow along.
    The Priest must face East during the Consecration of the Host and NOT give his back to the Tabernacle. Is this done?
    And Papa has “put his foot down” demanding that the Holy Liturgy’s abuse, and the misinterpretation of Vatican II, be stopped NOW, pronto!
    The “Novus ordo” was NEVER intended to be celebrated in the vernacular. That was one of the major liturgical abuses of the post concilar period, which Papa plans to re-reform.

    In “Feast of Faith” Ratzinger wrote:
    “The original meaning of what nowadays is called the priest turning his back to the people is, in fact . . . the priest and people together facing the same way in a common act of Trinitarian worship. . . Priest and people were united in facing eastward. . . . Because of the rising sun, the East oriens was naturally both a symbol of the Resurrection . . . and a presentation of the hope of the parousia (Second Coming).
    He adds that the venerable and ancient practice of having a crucifix on the altar is a ‘tradition of praying to Lord who is to come under the sign of the cross.’ ” Is this done in your church? Is there a crucifix placed on the center of your altar?
    The NO Mass is valid if the priest is in full obedience to the Pope.

    • 33 churchmouse November 6, 2009 at 21:19

      Hello, Raman — Our parish priest does not know ecclesiastical Latin so … any form of LM is out of the question. He came to the Church as a mature adult, so his seminary training was strictly V-II. And, he has absolutely NO interest in learning ecclesiastical Latin — has told me so personally. I would say he is hostile to it, as are most English bishops. But — the Holy Father will be paying our green and pleasant land a visit next year, so we’ll see what happens then!

      As to whether our altar faces east — yes, it does.

      Thanks for the outstanding explanation — I wonder how many priests know that? I bet not many nowadays.

      Your opening sentence is so sadly prescient: ‘The NO Mass is valid but this does not exclude its possibility of being harmful to the faith of the faithful.’

      Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  23. 34 Cinzia November 6, 2009 at 22:15

    Raman – I am going to speak or write to several priests in the next few days, as well as to the archdiocese of Melbourne, because NONE of the things you mention that should be done, are done in any of the numerous churches I have been to around here.

    There is a lot of disobedience by priests and an even bigger lot of indifference and ignorance by the faithful.

    What I witnessed yesterday was the absolute pits by way of desecration. I am determined to make a big song and dance until I receive some proper answers.

    Thank you and I wish you all a great weekend.

  24. 35 Philip Pierson November 6, 2009 at 22:38

    My spirit soars when I read comments such as those by Churchmouse, Raman, Cinzia and Don – truly the Church is militant🙂 Praise the Lord!

    Asmarina, you ask whether the Novus Ordo Mass is valid or not. If it were not valid, then the whole ceremony would be a parody, or rather, a series of parodies. We would be dealing with a problem of theater vs. doctrine, a circus vs. crisis in the Church. I don’t believe that is the case.

    My opinion is that when there is proper form, matter and intention, it is valid, but it has the worst possible spirit. Of course, in many cases (where there is not proper matter, form, and intent) I’m sure the Consecrations are not valid.

    What is evident is that it is a quite a confusing situation, and that the Church is suffering a great internal crisis, caused by authorities who have abused their power.

    The Mass of All our Saints is the only solution.

  25. 36 prediksi bola November 23, 2011 at 08:41

    This makes great sense.

  26. 37 Native American December 15, 2011 at 20:06

    That is very scholarly piece!


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