Friday, July 27, 2012
CHICK-FIL-A; LUKEWARM ORDINARY FORM CATHOLICS AND ALL STAR SOCCER ATHLETE AND THE SPIRITUAL FIGHT AGAINST THE WORLD AND ITS HATRED OF TRUTH
Okay, I admit it, I love Chic-fil-a and I eat there often. I had it for lunch today and usually every Monday. I especially admire the owners of it and their Christian beliefs that have led them to keep their stores closed on Sunday out of respect for the 3rd Commandment, to keep holy the Lord's Day. I wonder how much money that has lost them over the years. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946 and renamed in the 1960's, Mr. Truitt Kathy has kept his store closed on Sunday. That's admirable!
And now those who oppose the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches and other religions which believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, have labeled Mr. Kathy's Christian publicly professed faith about marriage between a man and a women as "anti-gay" and "anti-marriage equality." They have labeled him and his business as bigoted. The mayors of Boston and Chicago, two ultra liberal cities who tout tolerance as the hallmark of their communities, will work hard to prevent Chic-Fil-a from entering their market. So much for tolerance.
I have to say that progressives in the Church act in the same boorish way toward conservative Catholics.
Well, if the world is labeling a businessman and his business as anti-gay and anti-marriage equality and thus bigoted, then you can only imagine how the Catholic Church and her adherents will be labeled now and in the future.
The question that remains is how well will post-Vatican II Catholics whether this mockery of Catholicism and our core sacramental beleifs and how many will deny Christ over these conservative beliefs?
Will the majority of Catholics formed by our Ordinary Form Mass stand up for the faith or deny it?
I am not too confident that the majority of post-Vatican II Catholics will side with the Church. Like Peter and others, they may well deny Christ and His teachings when confronted by the cruel, intolerant world, especially Catholics in the northeast and the mid west and the northwest, but I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
I believe that Major League Soccer All-Star Eddie Gaven who Rediscovered the beauty of Catholic Faith through the Extraordinary Form Mass will be more than equipped to be a martyr for the faith in the spiritual battle over marriage.
What is your favorite aspect of Catholicism?
Well, three aspects really stand out. The first one is the Rosary, which is an incredible prayer or series of prayers. It has had a deep impact on my life and has renewed the faith in my heart. It’s a very calming experience to pray the Rosary because you’ve come into Christ’s presence through the heart of Our Lady.
The second one — Eucharistic adoration — is closely related to the first. You go from one type of Christ’s presence that you can experience anywhere into another type that you can only experience in a sacramental way. That is, you’ve placed yourself before the tabernacle or monstrance in the church where Our Lord resides under the appearance of bread.
We usually go as a family to adoration once a week. This is in addition to attending Sunday Mass and then daily Mass as often as possible. Eucharistic adoration is an extension of the worship we give to Our Lord in the Mass.
That brings me to the third aspect of Catholicism that I appreciate so much: holy Mass. No tongue can express the power of the Mass because it’s the same sacrifice as Calvary. We should see it that way and act accordingly, but, oftentimes, there’s irreverence.
I grew up with the Novus Ordo Mass, unaware of the Latin Mass. However, when I started looking into the faith more seriously, I came across the Latin Mass, which was quite an experience to see for the first time. It was beyond anything I’d ever dreamed of. There’s so much reverence in the Latin Mass, which I attend regularly now.
I’m very thankful to Pope Benedict for making the “extraordinary form” more widely available through his motu proprio five years ago. I enjoy sharing the Latin Mass with others and often invite teammates to attend with me. It truly is, as many have said before, the most beautiful thing outside of heaven.
Register correspondent Trent Beattie writes from Seattle.