I am not happy. Several blogs, some written by bloggers I have the greatest respect for, have been posting about a Mass with a decidedly dodgy and unsettling approach to the sacred liturgy. I think it has been referred to as the "Mr Potatohead mass". Whilst the celebration falls short of what I would consider a "foretaste of the banquet of heaven", the individuals are sincere in what they are doing. I am not happy with some of the very smug comments that have surfaced which make the Catholic bloggers look like a bunch of stuck-up, spoilt brats. "OOOh look at the age of them, tee hee, our TLMs are so full of young people, these old dinosaurs are on their last legs, aren't they pathetic".
My dear brothers and sisters, rather than laugh at these people, we should be praying for their souls. We should be storming heaven with prayers for them. They are victims of bad catechesis and victims of the sick, corrupt world they grew up in. A world that thought "Elanor Rigby" was a good song, a world that thought it had all the answers, a world of revolution and nihilism masquerading as love and truth. These souls grew up looking at the elderly with their mantillas and rosaries and thinking they were dinosaurs on their last legs. These souls thought they had the answers; the Elanor Rigby's and Father Mackenzie's of this world were to be consigned to the past, they were pathetic and lonely and history.
How sad, how deeply sad. It is the very fact that we keep on forgetting the bigger picture; the saving of souls, and our life in the world to come...that we keep repeating this cycle of crass stupidity.
The elderly deserve better catechesis and preparation for death than they get. What are we doing about it? Are those who take part in these dodgy liturgies just to be an object of derision on you-tube? How utterly un-Christian, how low can we get?
It is for us who are strong to bear with the susceptibilities of the weaker ones, and not please ourselves. Each of us must consider his neighbour's good, so that we support one another. Christ did not indulge his own feelings, either; indeed, as scripture says: The insults of those who insult you fall on me. And all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope. Now the God of perseverance and encouragement give you all the same purpose, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that you may together give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart.
Romans 15: 1-6