Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rescue Saint Francis!
Serendipity strikes again

First I run across Hammerbrecher's hilarious "motivational poster", then I bump head-on into Roman Sacristan's essay about St Francis NOT being some medieval version of some unwashed, Grateful Dead followin', tie-dye wearin', dope smokin', LSD droppin' hippy puke on his way to pour blood on the doorway at the local catapult factory.

I find it amazing how many young people there are out there "discovering" traditional Catholicism.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

There are no coincidences.

One of the great priests at the TLM chapel gave a sermon last Sunday about St. Francis (a great spin-off from the day's Introit) and told us 2006 is the 500th anniversary of Francis' conversion. He noted where other saints' time is marked from their birth or their death, Francis is the only one marked from his conversion.

We learned he is also known as the Seraphic Saint because St. Margaret Mary had a vision that Francis was awarded the place in heaven vacated by the fall of Lucifer.

Father also pointed out that despite all the other things people, including non-Catholics, have tried to turn Francis into, his greatest work was obeying the Lord's command to "Rebuild My Church." (A timely directive in this day and age, and how appropriate to hear it from a TLM priest who is trying to do just that.)

8:16 PM  
Blogger Hammerbrecher said...

Preach it Marine! St. Francis wrote some awesome stuff about the Most Blessed Sacrament!! He spent so much time in adoration! He is probably calling out to all of us and I think I hear him saying "I want to be holding a monstrance and my statues in view of the tabernacle and out of the dang garden"

10:25 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Don't be surprised by the young traditional Catholics. When the TLM is liberated, just watch who makes up the majority of those in attendance. It won't be the older nostalgic crowd. But, those folks will be every joyful to see so many young people gravitating to the real deal.

I enjoy the Latin Novus Ordo at my parish, where the Mass is highly solemn. But in dioceses where one cannot find such a Mass, people can take refuge at a TLM. I think we will see them swelling with time. People will vote with their feet and no greater message will there be to the bishops who think the young want the rock and folk masses.

5:47 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

CORRECTION to earlier post!!!

At Mass today, our TLM priest apologized and told us he was wrong: St. Francis was not the Seraphic Doctor (I mistakenly said "Saint" in my post), it was St. Bonaventure, another Franciscan.

5:18 PM  

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