Traditional Mass

Friday, September 07, 2007

Continued . . .

39--What warning does the Holy Father give in regard to these means? (Numbers 130, 131.)

"It is likewise to be noted that the attaching to these external things such importance that any should dare to assert their omission to be capable of preventing the holy Action from achieving its end, is to turn aside from right reason and let oneself be guided by erroneous notions."

"For many of the faithful are unable to use the Roman Missal, even when it is translated into their vernacular; nor are all capable of understanding correctly, liturgical rites and formulas. The talents, natures, and minds of men are so varied and different, that all cannot be directed and led in the same manner, by communal prayers, chants, and actions. Furthermore, the needs of souls and their tastes are not the same for all persons; and do not remain the same for each individual. Who, then, would dare to affirm--on the strength of such prejudice--that so many Christians are unable to take part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice and enjoy its benefits? But they may assuredly do so, in some other way that may be easier for them; as, for example, by devoutly meditating on the mysteries of Jesus Christ, or by performing other exercises of piety, or reciting other prayers; which though differing from the sacred ritual in form, nonetheless, correspond with it by their nature."
[From 'Your Mass and Your Life,' to be continued . . .]