There is No Other Way
Gentle Reader: In the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, His Excellency, Archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, armed his priests with material they WOULD present during homilies at today's Masses in the Archdiocese. I hope your pastor delivered a squirm-inducing sermon. I wonder: shouldn't ALL sermons, in a way, be squirm-inducing? Shouldn't we all feel uncomfortable? After all, there is always room for personal improvement isn't there? Should a sign of homiletic sucess be if several people get up and walk out? There's a part of me that thinks homilies have been soft-pedelled for FAR too long. Bring it ON, Father!
Our pastor is out of the country at the moment. However, he left us an instructive bulletin column about the TRUE expression of family: husband, wife, children. He also said, and I as a singleton always like to hear this, that singles and widowed are family too. We are ALL of us, no matter our state, called to uphold, affirm and assist the traditional family where and when we can. If that means speaking up when we see a disordered family relationship so be it.
We had a visiting priest today and he delivered a squirm-inducing homily about how: cohabitation, same-sex relationships, adultery, sex outside marriage, relations with yourself, divorce, all damage and undermine the family unit that we, as professed Catholics, are called to uphold. I know this homily was squirm-inducing because the guy behind me was literally squirming, I heard a couple people muttering, and one women got up and took her young child, who was not fussing or crying, out about 5 minutes into the homily. She came back when it was over.
Praised Be Jesus Christ!
I'm not happy that people mutter and walk out but it's about time that we are forced to examine ourselves thru the glass of authentic teaching. It's PAST time that really strong no-nonsense, Jesus loves you no matter what you do, homiles are coming to an end.
It's a dangerous thing isn't it? I am in a small parish and we have faced a threat of closure before. It's scary to think that authentic teaching may reduce our numbers further to the point where we have to close and merge with another parish, but I'd rather see our parish closed and reborn again somewhere else, and stronger, than hear the lukewarm wishy-washy dreck that is, all too often in many parishes, the norm.
Our current pastor and our last one are very solid. We lost members when our last pastor had the audacity to actually follow the GIRM. There were parishioners who wanted him removed because of that. They failed in their efforts and they left.
However, we have many new members, young families, who are attracted to the strong preaching on life that we have. I see hope in the orthodoxy.
We may be small but we are strong.
Same with the Church. We may lose members who will not hang on and they will be swept away by the current tide of Catholic Reformation, but the remnant will be stronger.
Some people, who find the teachings are hard and think they are following their "conscience" by going somewhere else, must know that there is no other way. An Angel will not tell us to go home by another way, the Catholic Church IS home. For those of us, single like me, the Church, in many ways, must be MY Holy Family.
I must work to uphold, affirm and defend it.