Another Sunday. I received the Lord at Mass. The image at right I think well reflects the simplicity and extremity of proper Eucharistic devotion. And yet it is definitely a work of modern art both in departure from past styles and its recent composition. If only the Church would reject all the bland, quasi-Greek art shown these days in Catholic churches and literature, the eye would be spared much pain.
Unfortunately, the Diocese of Springfield recently completed the Mullin report on the health of the diocese and the individual parishes. As we were told of how there is scarcely one priest for every two churches, Father encouraged us not to worry. We will do what we must- we can survive this after all right?
Maybe not, at least in New England. After taking about solving the crisis [and not encouraging us to try to win converts for Holy Mother Church], Father added to the problem in his homily. He gave this example:
Suppose a high-paying physician's job is open. The first applicant, a Christian [here I knew something was wrong] , goes home after his interview and prays, 'God, please let me have this job, so that I may provide for my family'. The next applicant, a Jew, goes home after the interview, puts on his prayer shawl and prays, 'Yahweh, please let me have this job, so that I may provide for my family'. The third applicant, a Muslim, goes home after his interview, rolls out his prayer rug and prays, 'Allah, please let me have this job, so that I may provide for my family'...Now first of all, there's a smokescreen [or a similar phrase]- God doesn't care if they're Jews or Muslims [in this situation].
The heresy of indifferentism, ladies and gentleman. The only way that God would allow the Jew or Muslim to get the physician's job would be if He had a reason to refuse the Christian's prayers. Islam and its practices were inspired by the devil, and despite judaism's roots, the same fallen angel has guided that religious communion since its rejection of the Messiah and Savior from its own prophecies. As such, their manners of prayer will never please God. And so I prayed after communion for their conversion to the One True Faith, outside of which no one at all can be saved.