I went to a Mass on a retreat this past weekend that involved:
an iPad instead of a missal
a very long homily with several extra bible readings from the congregation
the priest asking people to respond during the homily
people clapping during and after the homily
the priest instructing people to hold hands during the Our Father
the priest speaking during the elevation of the host and chalice
singing the song “God is so good” after the Our Father.
he also had moments in between prayers where he would sometimes start talking about something else not explicitly related to the part of the Mass he was at.
I have to admit….it felt like several abuses
I have met several Vocation Wrecks, who can never manage to get close to deciding what to do with what God has given.
Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him, as you desire to imitate Him.
Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal. Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world which passes like a shadow. Do not let the false delights of a deceptive world deceive you.
St. Clare of Assisi
Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.
Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.
Western media have been so lax about reporting the very real, and torturous persecution Christians are facing in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and others. For example, a 14yr old Altar boy was taken from serving Mass and Crucified against the front door of the Church not very long ago in Mosul/Ninevah. Elsewhere, a Priest was decapitated and his head left on the front steps of his Church.
But you won’t find out about it on the Internet, or in the newspapers, because Western Media doesn’t care. The only reason I happen to know this is because my (Benedictine) Priest has (Religious Order) friends that escaped from Iraq recently, and this was their lived experience.
Oh and by the by, when ISIS say that “they will have nothing but the sword”, it’s worth being aware that in parts of ISIS controlled territory, crucifixion is the preferred treatment for Christians. A dozen men were crucified in a town square just a couple of months ago, because they refused to recant or pay the jizya - that was in Syria, but the belief that ‘the sword is too good’ for Christians is strong in certain areas. (Rather like the Roman Empire - St Paul wasn’t crucified because he was a Roman Citizen, and crucifixion was kept for non Romans, as “lesser” human beings.
Signal boost the heck out of this, and please, please pray.
(and it shouldn’t need said, but please, do also remember that this is not the will of the majority of Muslims, who are just as horrified - if not more so - as we are at this reckless, awful treatment of other human beings.)
This is a 30 minute documentary about a Church in Nebraska. The Parish was dying but their young pastor saved it by restoring the sacred.
You can watch the full film by clicking on the video underneath the trailer called “Full film”