Friday, June 29, 2007

More Motu Madness: The Wisdom of Fr. Z.

Fr. Z. of What Does the Prayer Really Say has this gem which is especially pertinent if you have been pining for the Motu Proprio:

Fr. Z’s 5 Rules of Engagement for after the Motu Proprio is

1) Rejoice because our liturgical life has been enriched, not because "we win". Everyone wins when the Church’s life is enriched. This is not a "zero sum game".

2) Do not strut. Let us be gracious to those who have in the past not been gracious in regard to our "legitimate aspirations".

3) Show genuine Christian joy. If you want to attract people to what gives you so much consolation and happiness, be inviting and be joyful. Avoid the sourness some of the more traditional stamp have sadly worn for so long.

4) Be engaged in the whole life of your parishes, especially in works of mercy organized by the same. If you want the whole Church to benefit from the use of the older liturgy, then you who are shaped by the older form of Mass should be of benefit to the whole Church in concrete terms.

5) If the document doesn’t say everything we might hope for, don’t bitch about it like a whiner. Speak less of our rights and what we deserve, or what it ought to have been, as if we were our own little popes, and more about our gratitude, gratitude, gratitude for what God gives us.


KTOvox said...

HELP ... HELP ... HELP ...

Attack of a catholic comunity in the village of Niafles in France.

The anarchist anti-catholics attack the church before the sunday Mass.

Diffuse this video ... to know what's happend to a catholic comunity who celebrate the Mass of Pie V until 40 years without broching the bound with the local bishop and the Holy Father.

Before the publication of the MOTU PROPRIO of Benedict XVI, many anti-catholic groups try to clean the place before before the publication of Motu Proprio.

HELP ... HELP ... HELP ...

Anonymous said...

Check out Archbishop Burke in the picture in Cardinal O'Malley's blog. You have to scroll down to the picture with the bishops and cardinals standing next to the Holy Father. Archbishop Burke is on the far left.