Saturday, April 30, 2011


As some of you may know, shortly after Vatican II all shorts of popular devotions and devotional music were considered passe. All we needed was the Mass. We didn't even need art work in the Church that might distract us from the Mass and its main art, the ambo and altar/table.

Even when priests made home visits, instead of some simple devotional prayer, like the Holy Rosary, prayed with the family, Mass was celebrated on the dinning room table or the coffee table in a very casual way.

Mass was trotted out for everything.

So you can only imagine how progressive theologians, liturgists and others swayed by the iconoclasm of the 1960's felt when Pope John Paul II brought his Polish piety to the Universal Church. He was unabashedly pro-Marian piety, the Holy Rosary, and had a profound devotion to the cult of the saints and canonized more new saints than any other pope.

And then he changed the name of the Second Sunday of Easter and made it Divine Mercy Sunday, based upon the private revelations of a Polish nun named St. Faustina.

Oh the humanity of it all. Aren't iconoclasts sad creatures.

Last year we had a church full for our Divine Mercy Sunday confessions that began at 2:00 PM and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and devotions at 3:00 PM followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Iconoclasts would prefer that the Church be empty on the afternoon of the Second Sunday of Easter rather than people filling the Church because of some Polish nun's private revelation where our Lord told her to promote Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter.

How odd! But you know how iconoclasts are! They're sad.


Robert Kumpel said...

Could it be that the progressives and "expert liturgists" have actually held the people in the pews in contempt all along?

After all, we don't have the advanced degrees they have in modernism, oops--I meant theology. In their minds, we needed them to "set us straight" about how outdated our notions of the faith were.

There seems to be another private revelation that is equally despised by these types: Three children without advanced degrees who in 1917 were given serious warnings and promises from the Blessed Mother, as well as a glimpse of the horrors of hell. Yet somehow, they can't explain away how 70,000 people witnessed a miracle in the presence of these children having their "private revelation". In fact, a year ago, the Holy Father said that what was given in "private revelation" to those children is unfolding before us in our time.

Is it any wonder so many of these "Professional Catholics" despise the pope too?

Anonymous said...

"Despise" is too strong a word, I would suggest.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (April 30, 2011 7:33 PM) Are you who I think you are?

If not "despise," what word would you suggest that demonstrates their disdain?

Anonymous said...

Well... our pastor is on vacation this Divine Mercy Sunday - that is about as iconoclastic as it gets! -pgal

Anonymous said...

We have confessions at 2 and Holy Hour at 3. About 150 or so come. Last year and this year the pastor doesn't want to "encourage" Divine Mercy so he had all mention of confessions taken away because "we did the confession thing all of Holy Week--now it's Easter." But the young curate by himself will sit in his confessional at 2 and hear about 50 or 100 confessions before and after the Holy Hour.