It is a paradox that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a great Mystery that demands our whole self to be captured by so that our whole self might be set free. Yet, how difficult it is to always be offering the full self at all of the Mass?
The sinful woman doesn’t have a bowl of water, a wet cloth, or even a dry cloth, but she gives Jesus everything of value that she believes she does have. She brings to Him all that she has of value; her whole self and an alabaster flask of ointment and gives it all to Jesus. Her tears, hair, and ointment become her hospitality.
“My Daughter LOVED Mr. Gray’s class. He found a way to make the class fun and interactive. Sometimes he would wear a costume or silly hat that fit the topic. He is an excellent teacher, perfect for Kolbe. I love how Mr. Gray found a way to make the class fun and interactive. My daughter learned so much and always had a story to tell from his lessons.”
If the best Fr. Longenecker can do is a longnecking of the line at Krispy Kreme and close with echoing “We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!” he’s nothing better than those who wonder how in the heck is the country this close to electing Donald J. Trump as POTUS.
Using sacred Scripture, writings from the fathers, councils, popes, doctors, Catholic theologians and those who are opposed to the Catholic teaching on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I intend to communicate the history of the Catholic idea of marriage and then offer a series of propositions on the role that grace and sacrificial love plays in husband and wife becoming one flesh through the Sacrament made specifically for it.
I’m not angry with God. That is some significant maturity from twelve years ago. I mean, I prayed for what I wanted and asked that His will be done. Obviously, this wasn’t His will, so I should be happy, but I’m not. I should be rejoicing for my will not being done, but I’m suffering.
In regards to the kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayers, which isn’t the norm in Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Latin/Roman Rite Catholics have found four unique ways to fall down before the Lord. I’ll list them here below.
It is easy to tell a faithful Catholic conservative that they shouldn’t feel that way, but how has that ever worked out for you when you told someone that they shouldn’t ‘feel’ that way?
That being said, I honestly don’t think this document will have any substantive impact, unless Pope Francis reigns for another seven plus years or the next Pope is a Progressive like him. The reason why I say that is because if you just look around, you’ll see that the dye has already been cast.
I admit that I struggle with this at every Mass. I’m not Westernized at all. My interior disposition is one of complete joy. When I see the priest elevates the Host I want to dance like David danced. Oftentimes my hands that are in a prayer positions start silently clapping.