April 2 2021 Good Friday
"Because they have not known the Father nor me" John 16:3
To have been excluded from the Easter Tridiuum last year was difficult to take but to be prohibited, by our Bishops, from attending again this year is really shocking. After five months of public prayer in front of cathedrals and after thousands of petitions sent to their Lordships, underlining that it is their responsibility, not the civil order's, to restore public Mass, it all has fallen on deaf ears. This should not really be surprising for in the last discourse or the farewell discourse of the Last Supper Our Lord did say to his disciples "They will put you out of the synagogues... and they will do this because they have not known the Father nor me. But I have said these things to you that when the hour comes that you may remember that I told you of them." Catholic churchs are definitely not synagogues but is not the cause of the explusion the same?
February 15 2021
Coincidence or direct assults on the Social Kingship of Christ?
Ireland today can hardly be described as a bastion for the Kingship of Christ. Twice in her history she may have well been but today the majority of her people truely reside in the "City of the World". Though the true Catholic Faith remains here in small pockets the Evil one wants to crush these remnants and drag Irish society into deep darkness. Public Mass has not been granted for 33 Sundays of the last year - nearly 65% of the time. A local undertaker was asked if business had increased sharply over the last year with the "virus" and his reply was "not with the virus but with suicides".
The principles for the restoration of the Kingship of Christ will be threefold. All Catholics recognising that Christ is a divine person who took on huamn nature. All Catholics returning to the Holy Rosary. Formation in the teachings of the Angelic Doctor.
It is eye opening to note when each of the three prohibitions of Public Mass commenced here. March 8th 2020 - Day after the traditional feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. October 7th 2020 - The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary ( or the Victory at Lepanto) and 26th December 2020 the day after the birth of Our Lord.
October 7 2020.
Why have we forgotten the victory at Lepanto?
On this day in 1571 victory over the Turks at the naval battle of Lepanto was gained through the intercession of the Mother of God. The power of the rosary ensured the freedom of Catholics in most of europe to live their Catholic faith. Fastforward to the same date in 2020 and that freedom has been taken away today in Ireland but not by marauding Turks finally penetrating europe and sweeping to its most westerly shores but by its secular government. Public Masses have been cancelled by stage 3 lockdown restrictions. Has secularism achieved what the Turks could not in this western part of europe and if so how would a Pope Pius 5th or a Don John of Austria deal with such an adversary? Surely the answer is that they would insist on something that was second nature to european catholics in the sixteenth century and realised by them upto the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 - the social kingship of Christ. They would insist that the temporal authority be ordered to the spiritual authority and that no worldly power could forbid Public Mass.
" I have said this so often that I am almost tired of saying it again, but I must continue to say it. People who cannot see the value of Lepanto are half dead. Let them so remain." Hilaire Belloc.
June 27 2020.
The Temple of God and returning from Exile after Lockdown.
Returning to Holy Mass after twelve or so weeks of Corona Lockdown seems like returning from exile. Perhaps there is an analogy that can be made between our own experiences and those of the Hebrews in exile at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and not just at the spiritual level because modernity often seems like a Babylonian captivity. This Old Testament event was a punishment for idolatry, adultery, unfruitfulness and unfaithfulness so the question has to be asked whether our own recent exile was a punishment for similar reasons? It was in Babylon where the elite of Judah hung up their harps and wept - mourning at the memory of Sion and the destruction of their Temple.
Recently we celebrated the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist and it brought to mind that day - three months prior to his birth - when he prophesized and danced in the womb of his mother before Our Lord in the womb of the blessed Virgin. The Old Testament pointed to this scene when King David danced with joyful anticipation before the Ark of the Covenant on its way to restore the glory of God in the Temple. (2 Samuel 6)
Ultimately Jesus became the true temple and the true sacrifice so receiving the Eucharistic Lord allows us access to the Temple, However, mere access to the temple is not all that happens as St. Thomas Aquinas says the purpose of Gospel of John is to point out that "the faithful become the temple of God and become filled with the majesty of God". In other words, this, therefore, is true life. "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full". (John 10:10)
Notwithstanding plentiful spiritual communions over the last few months participation in this temple may well have waned for many of the faithful because of not being able to particpate in the Eucharistic sacrifice. So if they feel now as if they occupy some position in Ezekiel's valley of dry bones how great it will be to be restored fully once again to the temple of God. Life, restoration , recreation, rest, indeed everything is from the Father including Christ's body and His blood which flowed from his pierced side giving life as the waters flowed from Ezekiel's vision of the temple. "Below waters were issuing from the threshold of the Temple towards the east... and where the river flows every living creature which swams will live". (Ezekiel 47).