Last weekend my husband and I flew out to La Crosse to buy a house. His Eminence the Most Reverend Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke just happened to be there too. He was celebrating a Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As neither of us had ever attended a Solemn Pontifical Mass, we hiked up that hill with glee and anticipation.
We were not disappointed.
Thankfully we were about an hour and half early, as it was a packed house. There were men in suits, women in veils, babies in slings, and young people everywhere. The Choir from St. Mary’s Oratory in Wausau was practicing Anton Bruckner’s Ave Maria, and I was overcome with emotion. By the time the men sang the third Jesu, I had goosebumps from my head to my foot. After being starved for liturgical beauty nearly all my life, I could no longer check my tears. Here, here was the way one ought to experience the Mass!
Dear Readers, if you ever have an opportunity to attend such a Mass, jump at it!
In any case, Cardinal Burke didn’t hold anything back in his homily either. He used such terms as “Brood of Vipers” and “Accursed” to describe those in the Church who are allowing such evils to happen as pachamama worship and widespread doctrinal confusion. He was quiet, solemn, and clear. And I wanted to stand up and cheer.
May God bless Cardinal Burke!
And just for fun…
Here are the children, busy at work two days ago. They built the biggest snow fort I’ve ever been in. Gotta love Christmas break.