Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I'll Admit, This Sounds Like I'm Whining And Then Slapping Myself On The Back...
But read all the way through before you make a judgment call

Mrs. Caveman and I are lucky. We now have the opportunity to drive roughly 100 miles round trip to attend the Traditional Latin Mass (Camp Lejeune's St. Francis of Xavier Chapel) every Sunday. And to make things even better, we have a TLM local on the last Sunday of the month. We use to have drive about 225 miles round trip to Sacred Heart parish in Dunn, NC.

Anyhow, on our way home from Mass this past Sunday, the House Sergeant Major commented; "Kev, we shouldn't have to drive all this way. We should have a TLM in our Deanery every Sunday.

And she's right. We should, but we don't.

And I've made no secret of some of the blatantly anti-Catholic statements made from some of the parishes here in the Cape Fear Deanery. Everything from "when we receive Holy Communion, we become Jesus", to "during WWII, the Catholic Church stood by and did nothing to protect the Jews", to "outside of Mass, the Eucharist is no different than what you'd be given at a fast food drive-through".

These are things said from the pulpit by Catholic clerics.

And it would be easy to regularly attend Mass locally. To be just another dead fish going with the flow. Seriously, who enjoys spending 3 hours driving on a Sunday? But as we all know, Christ told us over and over to never take the easy way. I'm sure we all are familiar with the admonitions to take the more difficult path in life.

Along those lines, I've posted about Blessed Ralph Milner in the past. A man who died a martyr's death for the high crime of simply being Catholic. A man who was hung, drawn, and quartered. And for those who aren't exactly sure what entails to be hung, drawn and quartered - it means that he was hung by the neck and slowly strangled, had his belly slit open and his intestines yanked out, then had his arms and legs ripped from their sockets.

All while alive and conscience.

I guess that long drive really isn't all that bad after all.

Jim Fritz of said it best:
Blessed Ralph Milner, pray for our dissident priests and the timid laity among us.


Blogger Kindred Spirit said...

The English martyrs are real heroes, and they are some of my best-loved saints. Thank you so much for writing this and spreading devotion to these powerul intercessors. By the way, the first act performed after the man was cut down, having only been stunned by the hanging in most cases, was castration.

All you holy Englissh martyrs, pray for us.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Dear Cavemen,

Please forgive the OT but I couldn't find an address to mail this to.

You may want to check out this article about how and why America is in the state it's in. It's not Catholic specifically but it does address many of the same issues found on this blog.

Also, please feel free to remove this from comments since it's not actually related to the posted story.

Best wishes,

2:24 PM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

We have the traditional Latin mass here in Orkney too. But it takes all day to make the trip via morning and night ferry. Problem is, the mass is at 8am and there's no way we can make it to Stronsay on Sunday morning. So we'd have to go Saturday morning and stay over... and when you live on a farm... it's just not possible to be gone for two days! Please pray with us that the monks of Golgatha Monastery out here in Orkney will be able to find a chapel or church here on the main island so we can have the TLM every Sunday!!

7:32 AM  
Blogger David said...

It's a minute walk for me. It would be 10 minutes if I went to the novus ordo at the Cathedral. But I get up at 5:30 to shave-shower-shit so I can walk to the FSSP church, and get in a confession and a rosary before the 9am Missa Cantata. I'm really lucky in that I could get in two daily TLMs - four on Sundays FSSP (x2), SSPX, Diosecan - within walking distance (if the times didn't clash) and Sunday vespers in the old form. Count my blessings I suppose.

5:18 PM  
Blogger David said...

45 minute walk.

12:46 PM  

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