Monday, June 29, 2015

The Lord is Here

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The Lord is here! though a little out of focus.
I have been quit delighted to see the steady stream of  people coming to pray with one another and with their Lord. It is good to see even some of of the local clergy and especially good to have children from our primary school coming into pray, some of them seem quite bored but others seem rapt in prayer. I am becoming increasingly convinced that our faith must before all else be one of 'experiencing' God. Prayer is that experience. Children are by nature mystics, and children above all need to be given the tool to participate in our mysteries, and the only real way of doing that is to teach them the value of silence and (forgive me) 'interiority'.

Noise and activity drive out the interior life. I had a discussion recently with a woman who brought her 'terrible two' to a friend's Silver Jubilee Mass in the old Rite. She was amazed and delighted at how well behaved the child was. It might have been that child was entranced by the beautiful well executed music or maybe it was just mum was quiet and didn't have to stand up, sit down, read a hymn book, sing, respond etc., just hold her child and pray and maybe the child was caught up in that prayer, I don't know. I do know that children at the old Mass are better behaved than children at the Ordinary Form, it might just be that their parents are more likely to pray with their children at home, so therefore they are more used to it in church.

The thing is though, that the old Rite seems to be more recognisable to children who pray as a prayer, it is obviously the silence but also the idea that several things can happen at the seem time and simply blend together.

Perhaps things might be helped if Bishops and diocesan liturgists actually took Cardinal Sarah's call seriously, but then this is exactly what Cardinal Canizares was saying when he was Cardinal Prefect, and come to think of it so did Cardinal Francis Arinze and for that matter Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, his predecessor; in fact all the recent Cardinal Prefects have stressed the same position.
 Contrary to what has been sometimes claimed, and in total conformity with the conciliar Constitution, it is especially fitting that, during the penitential rite, the singing of the Gloria, the orations and the Eucharistic Prayer, all, the priest and the faithful, face together towards the East, to express their willingness to participate in the activity of worship and the redemption wrought by Christ.  This could be fittingly put into action in the cathedrals, which should be the exemplars of the liturgical life.
Why is it that bishops and maybe more importantly diocesan liturgists do not take the Prefects of the CDW at their word?

Forty Hours continues throughout the night tonight and ends at midnight tomorrow night with Benediction, come and join us if you are in Brighton.

Sorry if you can't see the picture, only special people can, apparently! It shows some children pray before the Lord.


umblepie said...

Father, the photograph which you include in this post, does not show. All that shows is a small box with a number therein. The same thing happened with your previous post, except that there were three photographs which failed to appear, again only showing three small boxes with numbers therein. It might be my computer, but I don't appear to have this problem with any other sites.

Genty said...

Same with me.

Pelerin said...

I blamed it on my computer too but strangely it is only the pictures in the last two posts which don't materialise. I'm obviously not special enough !

Unknown said...

I'm in the "only see a black box" club, using a chromebook laptop.

David O'Neill said...

Me too, also, as well!!!!

Jacobi said...

I have had endless trouble with sending pictures by email, so it seems I am a marked man.

It all started when I tried to send a picture of a crowded "Butte de Lion" taken at the 1985 comemmeration of the battle at Waterloo.

The sensor is obviously a bit odd. Well I mean I suppose if you try hard you could see a resemblance to one aspect of the female form, but really?...............

RJ said...

I am sceptical of the 'experience of God' school of thought, which is relatively recent (2oth C). Saint John of the Cross teaches that faith is an 'obscure habit', and therefore, I suppose, ultimately beyond feeling or comprehension ('eye hath not seen, nor ear heard...). You can tell that people have faith by what they do: pray, obedience to the Word of God...There is a risk that we will reduce faith to feelings - if I 'feel' that God is present, then I have faith; if not, then not. That would be false.

akp5401 said...

Thank you Fr. Ray.

Fr Ray Blake said...

You misunderstand, by experience I mean simply, the opposite of phenomological talk.
God is experienced in prayer, in livingg faith, hope and charity. In abandonment self, in doing what the Gospels tell us.
The experience can be a sense of intimacy or distance, the 'movement of the Spirit' is very much part of the spirituality of early Jesuits, and patristic writers, it is mnt to be confused with fluffy sentementalism, someties it is the Cross, sometimes the desert or the tomb!

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