Saturday, April 30, 2011
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DISPISE DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY BECAUSE IT IS A PRIVATE REVELATION GONE OFFICIAL?
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.