Applause. What's the point?
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Applause, Really??A new trend has hit my parish, heaven help me. Applause after mass. What the hell are these barking clapping seals going on about?
Ohhhh. I know, since the whole set up is for the congregation's entertainment we forgot what was really going on. THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS!
I unloaded my disgust a few days ago. I had some earnest prayer follow. Then decided I should just get over myself. What did I mean by that? I myself am not sure. I certainly didn't mean that I was willing to let myself get lulled into complacency while all the traditions of the Church crumple at my feet.
Some times anger is good, damn good. We should be angry at injustice. We shouldn't be forced to try and "get over ourselves" and accept the degradation of the mass. We should NEVER have to make a decision... do I leave this rite or Church or do I just shut my mouth and sit quietly in my pew.
The truth of the matter is, when I decided to get over myself my passion died. I have passion for the Church that is why I get so overwhelmed. I need to redirect my passion and anger into promoting change instead of feeding it into my despair. Now THAT is getting over myself and getting into the Church again.
The Church MILITANT! Too many martyrs and holy souls died for the Truths of the Church regardless of what heresy was popular at the time. That IS being a Catholic of the Sword. But I contend that is out of love that we feel these rages and injustices and take them as personal attacks. That LOVE is what breeds the warm & fuzzy trad. The two can be synonymous.
I decided to get back into the ring of things at church. I just can't throw up my hands in desperation and surrender my resolve to the aging hippies that dominate the lay ministries. Heaven help me.
I better look into getting some blood pressure medication prescribed. Pray for me.