Very, very interesting remarks from Pope Francis on outwardly expressed praise and joy for Our Lord.
It isn't just for the Charistmatics.
I start and end my workday with Worship and Praise. Throughout the day in the lull. I praise our Lord in the quiet prayer during the Holy Sacrifice. At Adoration.
Let us face it. TTC readers are lovers of the intimacy in the substance of the Sacraments.
Rock music and liturgical dancing at the intimacy of souls going on at a Holy Sacrifice is about as useful to us as a ten piece orchestra in our bedrooms.
We come to dissolve into Christ and that act of intimate dissolution into the Soul of Christ can only be reached through mystical prayer.
This is a world that doesn't exist to majority of charismatics. I get wigged out when the noise is so loud at the Holy Sacrifice that I can't concentrate on the mystical prayer that takes me to the place where I dissolve into Christ.
Wrong time. Wrong place.
I have a better idea.
Why not blast the rock music while these same folks are sitting in a hot room on their yoga mats trying to connect with themselves and leave those of us trying to connect our souls to God alone?
I was particularly struck by this:
“I wonder sometimes how many times we despise good people in our hearts, good people who praise the Lord as it comes to them, so spontaneously, because they are not cultured, because they do not follow the formalities? [I mean really] despise [them]?
Oh come on!
I'm amazed by the ability of the Holy Father to exaggerate and understate, all at the same time!
Perhaps he's feeling a little sensitive over the criticism of his puppet Masses. LOL.
In some ways, I understand what Pope Francis is saying. I have come to see the charismatics as newlyweds in the throes of passion with our Lord. I love their praise and worship outside of the Liturgy, sharing our fire. I avoid the Liturgies (I deliberately go to the 7:30am Mass to avoid the hoohas) but if I am stuck with that timing, I prepare myself for missing the real passion and intimacy with Christ for Communion at a lower level of intensity with Christ. I used to feel robbed. But I know that The company of Christ's newlyweds pleases Him, and I can observe it with appreciation.
Easier said than done.
Let's make a deal.
Issue an edict for one Latin Mass every Sunday every 40 miles, burn the puppets, genuflect at Consecration, have the theologically correct Corpus of Christ on the Cross at Papal Masses and we'll try to be a little more patient!