Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

The Catholic Church is often criticized for two contradictory flaws: On one side we are attacked for our refusal to change. On the hot-button issues of the day the Catholic Church refuses to alter its teaching or to bend to the cultural whims of society. Yet on the other side we are accused of changing too much. There are those who say that the Catholic Church has manipulated the Gospel message and added doctrines that were not a part of the original Good News proclaimed by Jesus Christ. So which is it? Is the Church an archaic, unbending relic from the past; or is the Church a fabricator of false doctrines that inventor of beliefs irregardless of the teachings of Jesus?

The reality is that the Catholic Church remains steadfast in Truth. But we should not be surprised to find enemies on all sides in this broken world. The world first hated Jesus, and now it hates His Church. We will always stand accused of whatever the world deems most threatening to its refusal to do God’s Will.

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Looking forward to the new Mass translation! Check out this link for sample texts and other resources.

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Today is Labor Day. Except for the fact that my wife and I both have the day off from work and our kids are home from school, it is kind of a non-holiday for us. Just another government-mandated excuse to spend time with the family – which is great, don’t get me wrong; I do love the family time. But as I check out websites of other Christian (non-Catholic) churches I have come to realize that on days like this some Christians seem to take their cues from the secular calendar as opposed to any ecclesial/liturgical calendar.

Labor Day and other national holidays have a prominent role in some Christian churches’ celebrations. There is a nationalistic flair to many American denominations. They have Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc. celebrations, and these sometimes seem to overshadow the strictly religious holidays and feast days. By stressing these secular, American holidays they often neglect the global reality of the Christian message (not everyone is American; not every Christian celebrates these holidays). But worse, these secular holidays have little or nothing to do with Christianity at all. Really, the Church has no business occupying its time with planning liturgical celebrations that elevate secular holidays to the level of religious holy days. So, while I do enjoy these days off and I do recognize their value for society, I attach little religious significance to them and I wonder why so many Protestants fail to see the error of placing Caesar on a par with God.

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