November 17, 2008

Signs on the Door: Reason #1 Why Everyone Is On Your Case

To My Friends of a Certain Parish on 45th and 3rd Ave S in Minneapolis:

I know you read this blog! Yes, I see you. You read this blog because you think that I'm a traitor to the "Spirit of Vatican II". You read this blog because you can't believe how far I've fallen. You read this blog because you are afraid I may blow you out of the water. Maybe you read this blog because you are starting to agree with me but you think you can't get out.

You know if I can leave you can too!

If I used to be one of the people putting the sign on the gym door, which is where two of the Sunday Masses are held saying "No food or drink in the gym" and now I think it's ridiculous that people, who are supposedly Catholics, even need to be TOLD not to eat or drink before receiving the LORD in Holy Eucharist you need to ask yourself why?

Here, my friend, is the core reason why so many people are persecuting you because I know that's what you think: YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA THAT WHEN YOU RECEIVE COMMUNION IT IS ACTUALLY THE LORD!

If you think about that and accept that as TRUTH then you know why so many get upset that you put the Lord in a garbage dump. Yes, that's what happens when you receive Him in an unworthy manner. For a few moments after you receive Him in Communion you ARE a Tabernacle of the Lord. Would you put the Lord in trash? When you receive the Lord in a state of sin without receiving Absolution via the Sacrament of Confession (Only in situations of EXTREME urgency should it be General Absolution or Form 3!) you've just thrown Him in slime and you have not done your soul any favors either.

Does the Lord want to drown in the coffee sloshing around in your gullet? NO. Or taste the chewed up cookie in your gut? NO. How would YOU like eating and drinking someone's backwash and already chewed food anyway? Yet, you treat the Lord like a dog when you do that-just treating Him to your crumbs. The crumbs of your food are almost nothing to the crumbs of Faith you deign to toss him only when you feel like it, but neither of it is right.

We are asked to do so little. You only need to fast one HOUR before receiving Communion. It's not like the OLD days (oh, the horror!) when you were charged with fasting after midnight.

If you KNEW and BELIEVED with the entire fibre of your soul that it was JESUS in the wafer and the wine you would approach him with reverence. You would receive him with reverence. You would stick around to meditate on his presence in prayer rather then fleeing to the parking lot immediately after Communion. You would submit to Him. Yes, submit. None of us are ever fully worthy to receive Him, but we must strive to make it so as much as possible.

If you accept your smallness in relation to Him, if you receive Him with the obedience required, then it all falls into place. Scripture. Tradition. Magisterium.

People ask me, often, what brought me around. This is it. Right here. It is THE LORD. Communion is not just some communal parish meal like having coffee and cookies before or after Mass. Holy Communion is receiving THE LORD. You are not a Protestant! Quit believing like one! Protestants refuse to believe the Bread and Wine really truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Why accept only part of The Truth? You've accepted the Whole Lord in Communion. Why not accept ALL OF IT!? The whole package: Scripture. Tradition. Magisterium.

Why is your hard heart holding you back? Come home.

But, but, but, my sexuality...blah, blah, this, that, my freedom, I was hurt, whatever...you don't understand. I DO understand and I'm still inviting you home and so is He.

17 Comments:

Blogger Vincenzo said...

Great post (you are perhaps the most brilliant blog writer on the net). Thanks!

November 17, 2008 10:27 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

St. Catherine of Siena had a powerful image:

Each of us is a candle, and the size of our candle denotes the amount of light we can convey; larger candle, larger light.

They receive greater light according to their disposition.

Those who have denied Christ and have mortally sinned through their immoral sexual acts, through their self-love, seeking their own opinions and abosrbances over that of Christ and His Vicar and resulting authority in the Bishops and Priests....have extinguished that light. They are but a smoking wick.

When they go forward to receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ at Holy Communion, it is as if water is thrown on the smoking wick and the are COMPLETELY extinguished, for they have heaped BLASPHEMY upon their mortal sin, and have completely severed Grace in their soul, not from one sinful act, but from several...and reinforced their disobedience.

Those who like to use St. Catherine of Siena as a heroine to modern feminist causes should read her works...it's all about humility and obedience to authority outside of ourselves.

She is harsh. Her book has changed my life. I doubt your subersive readers would even take on the challenge of reading her actual words. They haven't the gumption to face what she has to say.

To read her is to leave our local SJA. It's much easier to remain in a place of comfort. Just ask a coma patient.

November 17, 2008 11:11 PM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

Step away from the blog! Cathy is out of estrogen and has a hand gun!!

Actually, THIS IS A GREAT POST! I like it when you get fiesty!

November 18, 2008 1:34 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I read about this somewhere else and was shocked!!

November 18, 2008 1:43 AM  
Blogger Andreas said...

And in the final analysis, you believe not because you came up with a better argument or some superior point of view: you believe, simply because you were given the gratuitous gift of Faith. Because someone at some point in your life challenged you to believe. How I wish that the Church would always act so as to challenge those present at its liturgy to confront Her teaching, to face Her mystery. But often we choose to be accomodating ...

November 18, 2008 6:36 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Hopefully you've opened some eyes to the incredible mystery of the Real Presence...that Jesus humbles Himself repeatedly for us and constantly is calling us to conversion.

November 18, 2008 7:17 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Cathy, you always make me think about things! Here's a tangential comment from a former Protestant:

Some of you lucky been-Catholic-forever folks may not be aware that there are many, many Protestants have never *heard* of the concept that the Bread and Wine are REALLY Our Lord. Or if they have, it's been such a fuzzy idea that it's never really struck home.

Don't you want to make your Protestants' friends day? Go ahead. Tell 'em.

But don't be surprised if you get a glazed look in reply, or even a look of mild horror. Tell the truth simply and calmly and say you'll be glad to talk about it whenever they want.

Bede (aka Chris)

November 18, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

The prots I know would always argue that when the priest says "do this in MEMORY of me" that they took it to mean Communion was symbolic. In fact, I could not refute the claim until only a few years ago when Father explained it during a Holy Thursday homily.

We need more teachings on the Eucharist!

November 18, 2008 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

"The Collected Rants and Posts of Catherine of Alexandria, unabridged with comments"

It's too late for this Christmas, but we can shoot for Holy Week. A great meditative tome!

(I think it's OK to laugh during Lent).

November 18, 2008 1:10 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Hey - how about another sign that says "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

These loons were actully taking their donuts and coffee to Mass with them.

I know the priest there now was sent to wipe up after the last loose screw, but I'm not sure why they all feel they have to be so damned polite.....

November 18, 2008 4:02 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Vincenzo: You are too kind-no way!

Good comments here! I'll reply to a few...

Angela: Re your first comment-LOL! No estrogen or lack thereof,I'm usually cranky. No excuses.

Bede: You would know! :-) God bless you.

All: We must pray for Father DeBruckyer. I know what he's up against. He is not always his own man. Honestly, I know it seems small but he has displayed, what I see, as courage in even posting this in their bulletin. I'm sure he got a lot of, er, input.

November 18, 2008 7:53 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Good for you Cathy, from the MN branch of the Cave.

November 19, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Cathy--

I.O.U. one cyber-beer! Great Post!

November 19, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Vincenzo is right Cath.

Now I'm going to sing "You're beautiful" over and over on your answering machine.

November 19, 2008 5:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Cavey: Deep curtsy, bro.

Redneck: Thanks! I'll provide the Jack chaser! Cheers!

Ter: I'd prefer "Rainbow Connection" in your special voice. You know. Like you did that other time! ;-)

November 19, 2008 9:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Neutron said...

Great post! If that isn't a whack upside the head I don't know what is.

November 20, 2008 11:05 PM  
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