I came across two articles this morning that are worthy of your attention.
Anytime Cardinal Sarah speaks up, it’s worth noting. LifeSiteNews published part of his speech at a conference in Milan this week wherein he speaks of both JPII and Mother Theresa’s love for the Eucharist.
The cardinal recounted Mother Teresa’s own words: “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.”
Have you ever heard of One Mad Mom? (Hey, look! I’m not the only one.) For any of you struggling with anger right now, she’s got a great piece about sticking to the facts and not jumping into the deep. I needed to hear it, especially with the death of Bishop Morlino. (May he rest in peace! And may God send another holy bishop to that diocese!)
This last week my family and I moved to a new home. Deo gratias.
As you can imagine, I am busy unpacking.
So today I offer 3 articles that you should read. They all come from New Liturgical Movement. And if you have a spare minute, do yourself a favor and read one of them right now.
Here they are:
I’m sick of ugly buildings. Are you? David Clayton spells it out for us HERE. And I’ve added two photos for your contemplation.
2. Do you have sons? If they are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, what kind of seminary would you have them attend? Dr. Kwasniewski writes about this by showing different vocational videos. One is demanding and requires sacrifice; the other is wishy-washy and features happy-go-lucky seminarians and cardinals. Click HERE for it.
3. Why, oh why, can’t we get this right at Mass? Music matters. Music becomes a part of us, and if we continually fill ourselves with emotional schmaltzy jingles, then that’s what we’ll become.
Cardinal Sarah gets it. You should just read what he writes HERE about Gregorian Chant. My husband has been reading this article out loud to the children (well, and me too) at supper.
You might also consider buying both of Sarah’s books.
And one more thing. An invite.
If you happen to be in the Bismarck/Mandan area, and would like to experience the Mass of the Ages, come to Christ the King Catholic Church this Sunday, October 28, at 11:30am.
Fr. Nick Schneider will offer the Extraordinary Form the Mass. You know, the Mass that St. Maximillian Kolbe celebrated. The Mass that St. Thomas Aquinas wrote about. The Mass that St. Therese the Little Flower loved.
And there’s a potluck afterwards, if you want to stay and visit. I’d love to meet you.
As we’re now in the middle of Holy Week and most of us are trying to step it up a notch, I want to strongly encourage all of you to sign yourselves up for a silent retreat this year. Yep, just look at your spring and summer calendars, and do it.
Unfortunately for me, I’ll have to wait until my latest baby is done nursing before I can go, but for the rest of you, just do it!
You all know how important it is to step back in silence from time to time to be with God. I’m sure I don’t need to convince you. The hardest part, however, is actually going. Of course Satan hates silent retreats. He’ll do anything to prevent you from spending time with God. In fact, retreat masters will tell you to expect all kinds of obstacles to appear, especially at the last minute.
Let me give you an example. Last year I was signed up to attend a private silent retreat with a small group of mothers, but just hours before the retreat was to begin, our Retreat Master was forced to cancel. So we were left wondering if we should still go, without a Retreat Master? Well, we decided yes. After all, what harm could come from spending time alone with God for a weekend, even if it wasn’t directed? And I am so glad we did! For God always provides, and He sent an excellent priest at the last minute to replace the previous one. We had a Shepherd and the Sacraments.
As an aside, It should also be noted that we had coffee available all day too. This is important because during day two or three, when you’ve already put in a few holy hours, read your Bible, prayed a rosary, walked a few miles, and spent an hour sitting on a rock pile at the end of a tree row, you will need coffee.
In any case, you all need to go on retreat, or into the desert, if you like. And since I can’t get enough of Cardinal Sarah lately, I’ll leave you with a small quotation from his latest book The Power of Silence. (Click HERE for it on Amazon.)
“It is vitally important to withdraw to the desert in order to combat the dictatorship of a world filled with idols that gorge themselves on technology and material goods, a world dominated and manipulated by the media, a world that flees God by taking refuge in noise.”
By the way, have you ever read anything by Cardinal Sarah? He’s got two of the greatest books ever written out now – God or Nothing and The Power of Silence. Buy a copy for yourself and your priest. You won’t regret it.