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.


18 comments:

Anonymous said...

And you miss the boorish behaviour of "traditional" Catholics toward progressives? Talk about the plank in your own eye....

John Nolan said...

Because it was a part of my childhood, I can't imagine what it's like for post-V2 Catholics to encounter the Roman Rite for the first time. As for the young priests who celebrate it, despite having no formation for it in the seminary, I can only take my hat off to them.

Joe Shlabotnick said...

No offense Father, but I can't stand Chick-Fil-A, at least I never could, and it's not because of their food. Their food I can take or leave. The problem is the almost oppressively evangelical Protestant feeling I get when I'm in their stores. I jokingly call the place, "Halleluia Chicken", but there's just something that doesn't feel right when I'm in there.

BUT...the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I am sickened to no end to see they way these self-righteous secularist heathens are demonizing Chick-Fil-A just because they exercise their right to religious freedom and common sense. For that reason alone, I am considering swallowing my anti-evangelical Protestant sensibilities and eating at CFA once in a while.

Now we need to ask ourselves, why aren't we Catholics being more actively demonized and persecuted by the likes of Rahm Emanuel? Seems to me we're not doing enough yet. Our salt needs a bit more flavor.

ytc said...

Progressive Catholicism is simply an enormous oxymoron, Anonymous. Progressive Catholics are, every single time, either malicious in intent or ignorant. "Traditional Catholicism" might be redundant, I'll grant that as well.

John Nolan said...

Anonymous, if by 'progressives' you mean heretics, boorishness towards them is too lenient. How do you like your stake?

rcg said...

I like Chi-fil-A and never noticed the evangelical nature of the place. They are expensive, so I don't eat there often. That sort of thing never bothers me as long as they let me eat and leave. I sorta like it if the owner has the guts to put that out knowing it will cost him business.

Of course Catholics ought to support the right of the Chic-fil-A guy to say what he wants without getting oppressed (not just attacked: the governments are aiming to hurt his business) . I also noticed that Chic-fil-A does not discriminate in who it hires or serves, unlike the governments of Boston and Chicago.

So the way I would do it is to get a bussload of liberal Catholics to go to a Halal deli in Chi-town and invite a news crew. Then I would ask the owner what he thinks of gay marriage and wonder aloud what Rahm is gonna do about that.

Marc said...

John Nolan got to say what I was going to say, except he said it in a much funnier way...

Dan Z said...

Don't have Chik-Fil-A in my state. Never even heard of it until now. We have KFC, Popeyes, Church's, and Chicken Shack.

Carol H. said...

August 1st is Chick-Fil-A appreciation day in support of their stance for traditional one man-one woman marriage. I hope CFA is packed this wednesday!

Joe Shlabotnick said...

Don't get me wrong, I think Chick-Fil-A is nice, but I just get this weird feeling, kinda like being in a Mormon church, when I go there. It's a sort of artificiality. I keep expecting my server to ask me if "Y'all gawt sived yay-et?" But like I said, I'm gonna look the other way and give them some business. Heck it's better than buying Dr. Suess products, where Ted Geisel's widow is giving huge donations to Planned Parenthood.

Joseph Johnson said...

Joe Shlabotnick,
It's also better than buying products from Starbucks as well! 'Don't know what I am talking about? Just do a search for Starbucks and gay marriage and you will see the references to their January 12th memo supporting gay marriage as "core" to who "we" are.

Anonymous said...

If I had know that about Ted Geisels' widow, I would never have allowed my child to participate in Suessical the Musical.
God have mercy on me, I was ignorant.

rcg said...

Anon, don't sweat it. Remember who made you license plates.

Anonymous said...

Audrey Geisel was married to another man, a physician. She and her husband were friends with Geisel and his first wife, Helen. Audrey had an affair with Ted, which many believe led to the suicide of his first wife. Less than a year after the suicide, Audrey married Ted Geisel, 18 years her senior. Ted didn't really like kids, so, after their marriage she sent her two daughters off to boarding school. Since his death, she has milked his legacy for every dollar she can, "finding" supposed lost manuscripts and licensing film rights that her late husband never would have agreed to. She has been a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood, as was her late husband, "Dr. Suess", who was seen with her at Planned Parenthood fundraisers. The public image doesn't quite match reality.

Gene said...

Anonymous, Progressives are not Catholic...and it is a beam, not a plank.

Anonymous said...

Chick-fil-A work-free on Sundays. I often see work going on there on Sundays, obviously contracted work on the buildings and grounds, but still they are paying folks to work on their property when they are "closed."

Anonymous said...

Do a lot of Catholics work at Chick Fil-A? Do any Catholics work for Chic Fil-A?

Gene said...

No, all the Catholics work for Fish Filet or Mackerel Donald's...