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Do You Really Believe?

I’ve really been putting off writing this one for weeks, because  it’s been so depressing watching the response to, well, everything. To me, it seems most Catholics don’t really believe our prayers are efficacious in any way. What’s the latest thing to lead me to this theory? This:

I don’t know if Bishop Taylor noticed but Easter is FOUR weeks away. Why is he so trigger happy? You’d think he’d want to, maybe, wait at least a couple of weeks before making that call? A lot could happen between now and then. And, you know, we are praying for a speedy end, so there’s that. Maybe before going nuclear, he should get his rear outside and do a little Eucharistic procession, even if all by himself, around his city like the priest in Italy did.

Before that, there were a lot of troubling little things in the Church. I think the last one before the Corona Crazy hit was the dropping of the Amazon doc. No women deacons, no married priests, but, rather than cheer with glee, the response of many faithful was, “Oh, don’t worry, they’ll still get it in somehow.” My gosh! Didn’t many priests, bishops and cardinals ask us to pray and fast for that one? Didn’t we do just that? Can’t we, just maybe, think that our prayers were answered and give a “Thanks be to God!”? How about, at the very least, don’t jeer the people who believe their prayers were answered, even if only temporarily, or call them naive, as if you have sort of divine information connection?

Every time something positive happens, the Eeyores come out. I wonder why the heck every one of them ever bothers to suggest we pray, fast, etc. themselves, because they never seem to expect a positive outcome.  Some of us, however, are trying to have the faith of at least a mustard seed. So, in our present time of chaos, and whether you be a liberal or conservative, can we all put a little effort into having faith that our prayers will work?


11 thoughts on “Do You Really Believe?”

  1. This was posted on a popular Catholic blog on Sat 3/14:

    In other words, as chanceries have never been famous for their common sense, that doesn’t absolve you from using yours.

  2. Everywhere I hear recommendations that public Masses be canceled and churches closed because of this virus. In some areas of the world people are quarantined and the only places you are allowed to go to are supermarkets, hospitals or pharmacies. So quick are we to make accommodations to the body but are willing to toss aside our spiritual life by banning Mass like they did with canceling sporting events or other mass gatherings that are not essential. Non-essential? Since when is Mass non-essential?

    Before this virus raised its ugly head there were Catholics in the world who despite the risks of incarceration or even torture and death were willing to risk going to authentic Mass in a hostile country like CHINA! Have the Chinese Catholics who are faithful to Rome banned their own Masses because of these risks? No! They see the spiritual importance of participating in Mass and are willing to risk life and limb for their faith. There is a lot we can learn from such people of faith.

    We are told that we, in Christian charity, should think of our brothers and sisters in these times and forego Mass so as to not infect others or we ourselves not get infected. Fine. I get it. But to many of us and I include myself in this depend on being physically present at Mass. I get a hole in my stomach ever time I hear of banning Masses. We do not have to do this. I have an option that puts NO one in danger unless they choose to be.

    Do not ban Mass. Announce that Mass will be held as always but you do not have to be there if you feel at risk. If you go, it is of your own free will, you believe to the best of your ability you are NOT infected and all of us at Mass realize the hygienic precautions to take before going to Mass. Leave it up to the faithful to make the decision on whether or not to take the risk. I need the Mass. Yes I know of spiritual communion and have done that often in the past but I’ll tell you this. Being physically in the presence of someone you love beats out just having thoughts about them and wishing you were there. Don’t ban Mass

  3. Eeyores galore! Let this horribly stupid time be a time for us to shine with the light of Christ.
    I just emailed my dear priest saying I know he is pained by our bishops decision to cancel Holy Mass, but this would be a good time for him to practice Ad Orientem.

    I pray mightily that our faith will be strengthened by this and that Jesus will not return to find us without faith.

    God bless you OMM and keep writing!

  4. I am one of those who, while happy with Querida Amazonia not explicitly allowing married clergy and women deaconesses, did not see it as closing the door to these things. The pope affirmed the Synod final document with enthusiasm and urged everyone to read it. And the fact is that the German bishops and the the Amazon bishops continue to move toward married clergy. Not only that, but the papal document t was filled with the same pantheistic language that is so worrisome. There is a middle road between Eeyore and Tigger. Perhaps we are all called to be Christopher Robin kneeling in prayer. And here’s a song for this thought.

  5. After 7 years of pummeling, maybe we’re a group of cynics, I don’t know. I’m sure I am. I can’t help but see Querida Amazonia as a strategic move of some kind by Bergoglio, because he’s given us nothing good. I’ll be happy to be wrong, and we ought to thank and praise God in all things. The end result will be His, He will have the last word, this we know. I’m in total agreement for the need for some hope, and we have every reason to hope, we have Christ!
    Now is the best time to show some optimism, people need it, I know I do. We have some tough weeks ahead perhaps, but prayer and confidence in God will see us through. Tough times have always come, and we rely on God while we “gird up our loins” as best we can to meet it. We must find our inner Marine and do our best, no matter how frail our outside. If we go, we go to meet the Lord. A few years ago, I lost a beloved sister who had been ravaged by cancer. Always beautiful, but thin and wasted, this was how she left us. In my pain, I begged God to give me something to hold on to, I was not at all sure I could make it. In His great mercy, He did.
    I saw my sister in a dream like I had never had, as she was at 25, even her hair was the same (which I had forgotten). She looked at me directly, never said a word, but I understood her, she was radiant, and happier than I had ever seen her in life, and she was a very happy person. I know I saw heaven reflected in the face of my faithful Christian sister, and it is beyond what we can imagine, certainly. The last thing I saw my sister do on this earth was receive Viaticum, the Last Rites. That was her last act on earth. I can’t tell you what hope this gives me now. We need to remember that our home is not here, that we are always just pilgrims, passing through, even though of course we love it here and want to stay. We belong to a place that might as well be called “Love”.
    Anyway, while here, I live in a place called the past now, with a hope for the future, which is bright, because Christ is there. Prayer, litanies, rosary, stations of the cross, even if out in a field alone, delving into the Word of God, these are worthwhile. Read old classics, watch old programs that are familiar, soothing, avoid the news except local news you may need to know, but only a little.
    Right now we need muster up all the trust in God we can, and Our Lady.
    Sorry for the long post, but this seems a time for sharing some encouragement with friends.

    1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story about your sister. It brought years to my eyes. She is praying for us.

  6. Prudence is a cardinal virtue. Maybe you forgot about that. Virtue is never opposed to faith. Maybe you forgot about that too. There’s nothing opposed to faith in prudently canceling large gatherings in an effort to suppress a viral epidemic. There’s nothing opposed to faith in announcing those cancelations well ahead of time so people can prepare accordingly. Prayer doesn’t compensate for a lack of prudence.

  7. One Angry Mom, good piece, thank you.
    Where does one start in the face of all the cancellations? In the recent past, I noticed that clergy and bishops go to the US-Mexican border and offer an outdoors Mass. Can an outdoor celebration not be done in more hospitable climes in this country, urging all to give CDC Guidelines regarding social distancing?
    Going deeper, let’s be direct about this: in too many places, the Mass is not an end in itself, i.e., worship of the living God, but a vehicle to promote community, social awareness and all of the rest. There are all kinds of communities and non-believers promote social awareness.
    But make no mistake about it, even in these days of the dreaded virus, the real agenda of many bishops and others will continue unabated: funding and organizing groups and individuals who believe in social and cultural change more than the Gospel of Christ. In more theological terms they are “demythologizers” who redefine the Faith in largely secular terms. For them, God is dead, or, perhaps, god is us. If this seems harsh, so be it.

  8. Why the posture of antagonism and puerile animosity? Anyway, the displays of idiocy I see when I go to the supermarket do not inspire confidence that CDC guidelines will be observed at Mass. At the last Mass I attended, (a lenten weekday) with plenty of empty pews, a woman insisted on sitting right next to me. I moved, she followed. Then after Mass, she came right up to me and spoke into my face. I was so amazed, I froze. Ergo, I will accept the loss, offer it up and pray before the blessed sacrament daily until Mass resumes. A not angry, old granfather.

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