Sunday, September 30, 2007

"I Believe That Children Are The Future"
And other stupid lyrics

Yes, I said stupid lyrics. What else could children be... the past? But at the risk of being referred to as "sensitive", I have been thinking a lot as of late about children. Children in relation to The Church in general, and children in relation to the Traditional Latin Mass, specifically.

At the Latin Masses that I attend, it's the norm to see young families with many lil' 'uns. I also see a fairly good number of senior citizens. Those in my age group (late thirties - early fifties)... well, not too many of us.

As I call us, "The Children of Vatican II". Too young to really remember the Latin Mass, and too old to be at an impressionable age when orthodoxy was on the [recent] upswing in The Church.

But my goomba, BennyXVISurfRider, recently informed me that there are some High School kids up in the Raleigh area that frequent The Lair, and from what he was told, are fairly big fans. That got me thinking... if they hit The Lair, they're also hitting the many, many traditional, orthodox Catholic sites I have on my blogroll.

Then I ran into this ComBox posting just yesterday;

Barbara said...
I am sort of new to blogdom.....and have greatly enjoyed the Caveman as well as other orthodox writers.
But I wonder the effect of like minded bloggers simply reading the writings of like minded do we get this out to those who need to hear...?

That made me think of those High School kids up in Raleigh. Don't worry, Barbara... the word will get out. Youngsters nowadays are plenty smart. They don't want wishy-washy, they want what's solid. They don't want ambiguity, they want decisiveness. They don't want anarchy, they want discipline.

As Roger Daltrey once sang, The Kids Are Alright.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, even a few of us Freshmen over at Belmont Abbey College enjoy the old orthodoxy!
We'll soon be pestering...I mean, asking...the Abbot for the Latin Mass. One of my friends is organizing a meeting to discuss the possibility. Wooohooo!

6:13 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...


Where I attend Mass it's much the same. Our 9:30, all english novus ordo is the "family mass" It's well done, but the 11:00 novus ordo, which uses Latin responses and chant is better attended with actually more teen age kids.

But, the 12:30 TLM, is about how you describe, and the crowd gets bigger as time goes on. The very senior people grow less (time takes it's toll) but I see more families with lots of kids, and a lot of teen and college age kids there as well.

My own kids prefer the 11:00, because they like it. My youngest likes the TLM. She also likes the N.O. with Latin, but then , she understands some Latin, although her pronounciation is classical, not eccesiastic, so it sometimes throws her.

My preference would be for the N.O., done well, without the dumb ****, ad orientam, with the peoples responsed is Latin, as per V-2. Mostly because my Latin is too weak to follow the eucharistic prayers etc, and I get a lot out of them.

I'm really looking forward to the new translation, w2hen we'll have the Roman Liturgy, not the american Liturgy.

If the choice is the usual N.O. or TLM--It's TLM hands down.

I'm lucky that I have the parish I do. (Had to move to get to it, too!)

8:38 AM  
Blogger the Mom said...

I open my mind for the same reason I open my mouth, to close it on something solid.

-G K Chesterton

You are right, kids want truth not fluff. Keep dishing it out, they can take it.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Yay kids!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Marcellinus said...


I happen to be one of the former Raleigh High School students (now attending a Catholic University in Northern Indiana) who is a frequent visitor to the Lair.

Among my friends, more converts and vocations are coming from those of us who were looking for something more than the "milk" we recieved for so many years in Catholic grade schools and "Youth Groups." Kids today are looking for meat, the truth, the tradition of the Catholic Church.

One of the current Raleigh seminarians asked a Priest why all of the seminarians are "Traddies" (as we affectionately use the term). He answered, "Because its God that does the calling."

PS- Any help or tips on how to run a blog as great as this one would be greatly appreciated. This group of friends I mentioned wanted a way to discuss the Faith while we were at different schools and we started a blog to do so. Thank you for always honestly presented the Faith.


11:29 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Thanks for the compliment! It's good to know that we here at The Lair really are reaching a few folks!

But on how to run a blog, what I've always done are the following;

1. Be honest.
2. Sometimes, brutally honest. Remember... sometimes a sledge-hammer is exactly what's needed for that fly.
3. If you make a mistake, man-up and admit it. Apologize if warranted.
4. Try not to take yourself TOO seriously.
5. Have fun.

Hope this helps!

5:12 AM  

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