Sunday, January 11, 2015
Catholics and Protestants
There is no room in the new economy of God for Arrogant Catholics.
We are arrogant about our faith with Protestants, and even arrogant among our selves as we have the Latin Mass click who thinks there's is the only Holy Mass. Somehow their Mass is 'better' than any other.
Catholics who are arrogant have no clue what it means to truly be a Catholic.
The demon LOVES to see these squabbles!
The Catholic is for the OTHER, not for themselves, that mean's everyone. There is no Holy Mass greater than another, for it is the same Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and the same Jesus offered to God. Is the Latin Mass beautiful, yes. Is it awesome to kneel and receive Holy Communion, yes, but these are gifts, we have no "rights" to them.
I had a friend of mine see that I wear a chapel veil to Holy Mass, (New Mass, not in Latin), and she said, "Oh, I wear one of those when I go to Latin Mass." I truly wondered if she knew why a woman wore a chapel veil. A woman in this life has been given so many graces by God, sometimes a chapel veil is needed to place over the head in submission and say to God, "I submit to you my God and my King." The chapel veil is not a uniform, it is an act of love and submission before God, no matter if the Holy Mass is in Latin or in the vernacular.
The Holy Mass, Latin or New, is an opportunity for the Catholic to plead before the throne of God for the salvation of our brethren. Also, this is a unique opportunity to even take Holy Communion for those who are not in attendance.
If our hearts truly love, than we know what wonderful gift we have in the Holy Eucharist, and want to share it with others. But how do we share this with our Protestant brethren?
The answer is Mary. Like the Virgin Mary, the graces that a Catholic has are to pass through them to those who would never receive such graces in this life.
If we receive the Holy Eucharist, the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ at Mass, then the piece of the Sacred Heart we have received longs to not only purify us but to be poured out through us for others.
I have been to many Churches of my Protestant brethren, and at all of them I felt unwelcome, or somehow 'dirty' for being Catholic. Some of this is obvious demeaning statements, sometimes it is a look or other subtle means of communication. In all of these Churches the message was obvious, that I needed conversion from my faith to theirs and quick. I kept silent and endured this, but I came to realize that in very few Protestant Churches is the overt Catholic (I wear a Rosary and a Miraculous Medal) going to be welcomed.
We should go anyway.
A Catholic, confessed, having gone to Holy Mass and taken Holy Communion for the Protestants they are visiting are then called to take the Jesus they received to the midst of their Protestant brethren. Not in competition, but in love and service.
We are Catholic, we are responsible for our brothers, and we are called to go get them. Not even overtly, but sometimes silently. Sometimes wearing the Rosary and Miraculous Medal is all I needed to do to be the witness that He wanted me to be.
Now is the time for them to come home.