O my people, what have I done to you?

Yesterday, at the Good Friday service, our parish choir sang what is known the Reproaches. It is our dear Savior speaking to his people, asking them what he did to deserve crucifixion and death. We have all crucified Christ with our sins, and so this speaks directly to us.

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O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

O my people, what have I done to you?
How have I hurt you? Answer me.

I led you out of Egypt,
From slavery I set you free.
I brought you into a land of promise:
You have prepared a cross for me.

I led you as a shepherd,
I brought you dryshod through the sea;
I fed you manna in the desert
You have prepared a cross for me.

I fought for you in battles,
I won you strength and victory;
Gave you a royal crown and sceptre:
You have prepared a cross for me.

I planted you, my vineyard,
And cared for you most tenderly;
Looked for abundant fruit and found none:
Only the cross you made for me.

Then listen to my pleading
And do not turn away from me.
You are my people: will you reject me?
For you I suffer bitterly.



The Creator Groaning and Travailing with His Creation

BOO73046No one says it like Chesterton. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

“In every century, in this century, in the next century, the Passion is what it was in the first century, when it occurred; a thing stared at by a crowd. It remains a tragedy of the people; a crime of the people; a consolation of the people; but never merely a thing of the period. And its vitality comes from the very things that its foes find a scandal and a stumbling block; from its dogmatism and from its dreadfulness. It lives, because it involves the staggering story of the Creator truly groaning and travailing with his Creation; and the highest thing thinkable passing through some nadir of the lowest curve of the cosmos. And it lives, because the very blast from this black cloud of death comes upon the world as a wind of everlasting life; by which all things wake and are alive.”

-G.K. Chesterton: ‘The Way of the Cross.’

“No one in the world can change truth.”

st_maximiliansm“No one in the world can change Truth.  What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”

-St. Maximilian Kolbe (d.Auschwitz 1941).

Papal Fashion Watch: A Good Perspective

Dr. Taylor Marshall, of the excellent Canterbury Tales blog, has written a thought provoking post on traditionalists criticizing Pope Francis’ papal attire.

We should recall how Our Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the Pharisees for rebuking Him for not washing his hands ceremonially before meals. The Pharisees accused Christ of sin, because He did not obey the traditions of the elders. Christ sternly rebuked them for raising “breaking custom” to “breaking God’s law.”

I think we can revere the papal customs (and even privately hope for their return), but we should not assume that black shoes on a Pope means that He has a black sole, I mean, black soul.

Read the rest of the post here.

Reviving the Blog

I have not written anything on a blog in almost a year. I have decided to change that, and I am resurrecting this blog. If you see posts with missing images and some broken text, please be aware that these are imported posts from my old blog. There are a large number of broken posts, and I don’t have time to clean them all up.

When will the Church change its moral teachings? Never.

This past Wednesday, the world was shocked by the announcement of a relatively unknown cardinal from Argentina elected as our new pope—Pope Francis.

The media is completely confused by the election of Pope Francis. They fully expected a “progressive” pope that would change the Church’s moral teachings on issues like contraception, gay marriage, and abortion.

This is evidenced by laughably biased headlines, such as the one from MSNBC: “Same sex marriage, abortion unlikely under Pope Francis.”

As if the new pope would suddenly say, “Violently destroying innocent and vulnerable human life is no longer gravely evil! Have at it,” or “Fundamentally disordered sexual acts are no longer disordered and are in fact good. Let’s celebrate them!”

It is also humorous to note the key word “unlikely” in the headline. It implies they are still possible under his pontificate. But they are not and never will be possible for the Church of Jesus Christ or its chief shepherd, the Pope.

The world does not understand the Church. They look at it as just another political organization that can be changed through activism and disruption—just like virtually every other organization has been. They see that Church as merely human, and therefore subject to human whims and fads. Put enough pressure on the Church, and it will cave to our demands, the world thinks.

But as Catholics, we know this is not true. The Church will always proclaim the Truth without wavering because the truth does not change from day to day. Something that is evil yesterday does not become good tomorrow simply because the date has change. Both the Church and our new pope understand this.

No pope has the right or the power to change unchanging moral truths. No pope can do so and no pope will.

So the reporters at MSNBC, and all those who expect the Church to change its moral teachings any moment now, can keep hoping that someday a pope will embrace evil. But they will be waiting, well, forever.