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01 August 2014

Vatican announces desire for more restrained 'sign of peace' at Mass

Catholic News Agency Story "Vatican announces desire for more restrained 'sign of peace' at Mass" reads in part:

First, while confirming the importance of the rite, it emphasized that “it is completely legitimate to affirm that it is not necessary to invite 'mechanistically' to exchange (the sign of) peace.” The rite is optional, the congregation reminded, and there certainly are times and places where it is not fitting.

Its second recommendation was that as translations are made of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, bishops' conference should consider “changing the way in which the exchange of peace is made.” It suggested in particular that “familiar and worldly gestures of greeting” should be substituted with “other, more appropriate gestures.”

The congregation for worship also noted that there are several abuses of the rite which are to be stopped: the introduction of a “song of peace,” which does not exist in the Roman rite; the faithful moving from their place to exchange the sign; the priest leaving the altar to exchange the sign with the faithful; and when, at occasions such as weddings or funerals, it becomes an occasion for congratulations or condolences.

The Congregation for Divine Worship's final exhortation was that episcopal conferences prepare liturgical catechesis on the significance of the rite of peace, and its correct observation.

31 July 2014

Why do you ring the bells 3 times at Mass?


       Why do you ring the bells 3 times?

The bells tell us to “pay attention” Jesus is here.  The ringing of bells during Mass is an ancient tradition that calls the attention of the person at Mass to the central reason for being there, that is, the making present of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.    Because there are people who do not know their faith very well, or there may be non-Catholic visitors at Mass, or because people get distracted during Mass, the bells tell us that something very important and holy is happening. When the Mass was in Latin, the bells were important to let the people in church know that they were at the holiest part of the Mass.  The use of the bells, at one time universal in the Latin Rite, fell into disuse after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  The current directions that Church gives us for celebrating the Mass, called the “General Instruction of the Roman Missal,” says in #150 ‘A little before the consecration, when appropriate, the server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful. According to local custom, the server also rings the bell as the priest shows the host then the chalice.”  We ring the bells three times because those are the rules the Church gives us for offering the Mass.  The first time, they are rung at the “epiclesis” when the priest calls down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine.  Then they are rung when the priest shows the people the Body of Christ and then when he shows them the Blood of Christ. Sometimes, each time the bells are rung, they are rung three distinct times in quick succession.  The reason for this set of three is to remind us of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

28 July 2014

Sacrilege, Heresy, and Blasphemy

What is the difference between something being sacrilegious, a heresy, and blasphemous?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him."

2120 Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us.

2148 Blasphemy is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God - inwardly or outwardly - words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one's speech; in misusing God's name. St. James condemns those "who blaspheme that honorable name [of Jesus] by which you are called." The prohibition of blasphemy extends to language against Christ's Church, the saints, and sacred things. It is also blasphemous to make use of God's name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God's name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion.
Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.

Heresy is OBSTINATE post-baptismal denial of the Truth of the faith.
You cannot be a heretic if:
1.) You are not baptized.
2.) You say something once or perhaps twice.
3.) You are talking about something that is not part of the divinely revealed faith of the Church
         ---You cannot be a heretic by teaching against the apparitions of Fatima
         ---You cannot be a heretic by teaching in favor of married clergy
         ---You CAN be a heretic by continually supporting women's ordination
         ---You can be a heretic by continually supporting abortion or same sex unions.

Sacrilege is disrespecting the sacraments or sacred things.
 for example:  disrespecting the Eucharist, vandalizing a Church or Bible, seriously harming a priest or religious

Blasphemy is speaking ill of God or misusing His name:

The casual use of the Lord's name, as an expletive of surprise, disgust, or cursing.

Call No Man "Father"

                  Jesus says that we should not call anyone on earth our father.  We only have one father; our Father in heaven, so why do we refer to as priests as “Father”?  Isn’t that in direct violation of Jesus’ teaching?

You are talking about Matthew 23:9.   It is very dangerous to pluck Scripture quotations out of context.  While there are those who say we should call no man “father,” yet that same passage says that we should call no one “teacher.” These same people have no problem saying they are a “Sunday School teacher.”  Furthermore, Psalm 53:2 says “There is no God.”  In order, to understand that statement, we need to read it in context. The full context says, “Fools in their heart say, ‘There is no God.’”  Jesus here is using a literary device called hyperbole, or exaggeration; like Matthew 5:29, where Jesus says, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.”  Jesus does NOT want us to do bodily harm to ourselves but rather is making a point by the use of exaggeration.  If we are not to call anyone on earth our father than the New Testament is violating Jesus’ command several times over; for example: John 8:56, Luke 15, Mark 15:21, Matthew 10:21, etc.  For example, In Luke 12:53, Jesus talk about a family being divided over belief in Him and says “a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father.”  Is Jesus contradicting His own commandment? In 1John 2:13-14, it reads “I write to you, fathers,” was St. John disobeying the Lord’s command? And what about St. Paul, who wrote in Romans 4: 16, “follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us.”  Was St. Paul disobeying the teaching of Christ?  Or what about 1Thess 2:11  “As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children.”  In Phil1:9 and 1Cor 4:15, St. Paul talks about begetting spiritual children. Because it is often the priest that baptizes new Christians, priests are called ‘father” because, like St. Paul, they have become the spiritual father of those reborn in Christ.

20 July 2014

Fr. Larry and Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia are back

After a long hiatus, Fr. Larry, Ubi Petrus Ibi Ecclesia and Roman Catholic Homilies are back.  Please tell your friends.
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