May 11, 2008

Broken Body

I propose the following: True Catholics perceive all Catholics as members of One Body. The Body of Christ. True Catholics are sad when individual members of the Body dissent, leave, or fall into sin. My hypothesis transcends any labels like: progressive or traditional, liberal or conservative. "That they all may be one" --a quote from John 17 that we just heard at Mass a few days ago is Jesus' prayer to His Father. If it was the prayer of The Christ than it is a desire that all true Catholics should want too. Not only want but strive for and help to make a reality.

Today, on Pentecost, a day when the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Advocate descends to bring us the ability to express and carry the Word to all Nations, we are so divided we can barely carry the Word to each other. The people whose ears were open to the Word could hear it preached in their own language. Today, there are so many with their ears closed that it doesn't matter what language it's in-they still can't, or will not, hear it. We'll see, today, division in many forms: the colors, the desecration, the anger, the sin, the misunderstanding, the judgement.

Today, for many, their ears will be closed. They will be too busy with their personal forms of protest against the Word to hear it. Our new Archbishop told us that he is here as a pastor, not as a politician. Yet, for some, Faith IS politics when it does not conform to their personal idea of what the faith should be. The Archbishop is not a politician, he is here to proclaim the Word of God and to teach the Sheep (US) to whom he has been entrusted. If some prefer to call that politics, rather than an expression of the Faith we profess, then we should be sad that a member of the Body is ill.

I believe that anyone who perceives the Body as individual parts consisting of "us" versus "them" has it all wrong. To think so is to believe the Body is diseased. As anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of medicine knows, a diseased Body will attack itself to survive then slowly wither and die. To see the Body as One, to desire that it be healthy, transcends any titles you may have that express your relation to the faith. There should only be one title: Catholic. There should not be any adjectives, other than: Roman in front of the title.

Yet, so many try to pull as many over into their "camp" as possible. They want all of us to live in the Land of Broken Toys. I have enough of a challenge living in my own broken body without joining you in yours.

At every Mass the priest breaks the Sacred Host in his hands with an audible snap. This is the moment that Jesus dies on the Cross before our eyes. It is a moment of sadness before the jubilation to come. Pray that it is so.


Blogger Lynne said...

How beautiful (and thought-provoking).

May 11, 2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

At every Mass the priest breaks the Sacred Host in his hands with an audible snap. This is the moment that Jesus dies on the Cross before our eyes. It is a moment of sadness before the jubilation to come.

I didn't know that!

I've always wondered why at the moment of Consecration when the celebrant says "...He blessed it, broke it and...." that the celebrant did not break the Sacred Host then.

He finally breaks it after the Agnus Dei, right before the "Behold, Jesus, the Lamb of God...." invocation, when first he partakes of the Consecrated Body (and Blood) and then distributes Communion to the congregation.

I asked Father Mitch Pacwa about that in a class I took from him at St Helena's last year, but I didn't really understand his answer.

Cathy, you should send an audition tape to EWTN!


May 11, 2008 2:46 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

That's right, it isn't called the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for nothing Amen, beautiful.

May 12, 2008 4:19 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

excellent post Cathy! well said!

May 13, 2008 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Georgette said...

Beautiful post Cathy! thank you :)

May 15, 2008 8:57 PM  

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