Can Domus Dei (God’s House) be Built of Living Stones?
by Patrick Miron
I am sensitive to the need to be a charitable Christian especially when discussing the current state of our Church and the phenomenon of what is reported as Vatican II mandated changes that continue to sweep through our Churches, resulting in “multi purpose gathering spaces” where once stood houses of and for our Triune God. If we don’t identify a problem it likely will not be corrected, and thus the need for this chapter is evident.
“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. ‘Drive out the wicked person from among you.’ ” 1st. Cor: 5: 9-13
The sheer number of churches gutted and altered to no longer resemble a Roman Catholic Church, (which should have a semblance of a house of God, a place for Divine worship), and the gullible complicity of those who either perpetrated this fraud, supported it by their silence, ignorance or financial support along with abortion, are at the forefront of loss of faith for countless numbers of Catholics, reduced Holy Mass attendance, and the painfully evident priest and religious shortage. It is necessary to discuss what has taken place, and why these changes are so very important to the New Age practicing clerics who promote them. Problems are seldom resolved by ignoring them. This situation will not improve, unless we, you and I, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, make it happen. God willing, you will find information in this chapter that will assist you in preserving our Catholic heritage.
This review of Environment and Art in Catholic Worship, EACW, the American bishops (many but not all) version of how Christ’s Church should be configured, and it’s “new and improved” version, Built of Living Stones is especially relevant as the most common changes of hiding the tabernacle, removed pews, and facing each other, rather than God are designed to alter not only the space in which we worship, but are designed and planned to change forever the focus of our worship, from being centered on God, to a misplaced (New Age), community emphasis, not as the Church Militant that we are, but as brain –washed demigods who’s self-worship is the new focus of the praise and glory intended and required for Almighty God. Worship of God is substituted for love of man. Christ calls us His Church Militant, not to make waves, but to defend His Church against errors and heresies. If we don’t know the truth, we can’t defend it. The purpose of this painful chapter then is to inform, enlighten and challenge us into action. I pray that the Holy Spirit will grant us wisdom, understanding and courage. You will understand the need for prayer as you read on. Come Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and inflame our hearts. Dear Holy Mother please guide us.
I have in my lifetime witnessed many events and happenings of historical importance. Among them, The Korean War and the Viet Nam Conflict, the first man on the moon, the assassination of an American President, John F. Kennedy, the resignations of both a President and his Vice President, Nixon and Agnew for “unsuitable behavior” and nearly the assassination of President Regan; super-sonic flight, the Age of Computers and the inter-net, the Impeachment of President Clinton. More recently, the Terrorist Attack on America’s Freedom’s of September 11, 2001and the wide acceptance of “New Age” philosophy, morality and religion, which encourages immorality, freedom to do what ever one pleases; I won’t judge you – don’t judge me, and the rapidly spreading reality of a single Government, Socialistic -New World Order.
While each of these events have in some manner affected my life and influenced my perceptions of the world around me, (some more than others), the event that has most influenced me, as my life’s goal is to get to heaven, thanks to a patient and merciful Jesus who keeps calling me back to Him, was the unauthorized publication of an instruction manual entitled; Environment and art in Catholic Worship, (EACW) in February 1978. You might well ask if I’m kidding; most assuredly, I am not. Not only has EACW had more of a direct impact on me than the other events, but it may well have also impacted you in ways you may be unaware of?
A “New Age” is Dawning
Some background may be helpful. For the sake of Charity, I will as much as possible refrain from naming names as is expected in Christian Charity. There has always been a part of the Roman Catholic Church who chooses not to be “Roman Catholic,” that is obedient to our Pope and accepting all of the Churches teachings, but continue to act simply “ selectively – Catholic,” assuming this to be sufficient to gain salvation. There is much clear binding evidence that shows this might be an optimistic position. As part of God’s plan, persecution and heresy have throughout history been instrumental in the growth of Christ Church. God’s way’s while mysterious are effective, often reforming lethargic, lukewarm Catholics like me into action.
Led, at times with tacit approval from the Presidents (in succession) of the NCCB, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, EACW was published in 1978 as an unauthorized release by a Bishops’ Sub-Committee on the Liturgy.
Canons: 331-333,449,451 and 455~2, specify in the clearest possible terms, as does Pope John Paul II, in his Encyclical Apostolos Suos, (May 21, 1998) nos. 22,23 and section IV articles 1,2,4 that the power to regulate all Bishop Conference statements for publication are vested in the Roman Pontiff who is to review and approve all Conference publications before they are released in order for them to be valid. EACW not only was never sent to Rome for approval, it was not even submitted to the entire Body of Bishops for review and a vote! (Can. 451). What does this say about their intent? Our American bishops fall into three categories. 1. Perpetrators 2. Go-a-longs / come-a-longs, (the majority), and 3. True defenders of our faith, who sadly make up the minority. Please pray for all bishops every day.
“Each Episcopal Conference is to draw up its own statutes, to be reviewed by the Apostolic See.” “For the decrees mentioned in §1 validly to be enacted at a plenary meeting, they must receive two thirds of the votes of those who belong to the Conference with a deliberative vote. These decrees do not oblige until they have been reviewed by the Apostolic See and lawfully promulgated.” Canon 455 §2
EACW was widely advertised, aggressively promoted, and are said to be the “bible of liturgical law” relating to all matters of (supposedly) Vatican II mandates on worship, renovation and building of new churches. It had broad active (mandated) support of many (but not all) bishops, pastors, religious and gave rise to a new class of experts, the LDC, Liturgical Design Consultant, who most often are trained in the same Liberal Catholic school located in Chicago.
Bishops, priest and the new “expert’s,” Liturgical Design Consultants, “LDC’s,” quoted EACW for changes “made necessary by Vatican II,” such as removal of Communion rails, removal of the reservation tabernacle to places often harder to find than the toilets in the same church, removal of pews and kneelers, and churches in “the round,” when factually, at the very best, these were only the personal desires for change of these ill informed, leaders, and at worst, they continue to be part of an organized attempt by some to kill Christ Roman Catholic Church.
Some are merely gullible, culpable “follow-a longs,” others are leaders, and still others are knowingly and actively promoting an agenda unwanted and not required by our Pope and the Magisterium, or by Vatican II, and have done serious spiritual harm to Christ Church and its members. To be absolutely clear, not a single one of these “mandates” is actually required by any Vatican II document. Ask for evidence in writing that is 1. current, 2. valid, and 3. licit, that mandates any or all of these changes and you will likely be told, it is the “Spirit of Vatican II,” not specific laws. This is only their personal opinion, not based at all on fact, and with complete certitude, not binding under moral or Church law.
How can they be so wrong?
The answer requires that we look at how grace is applied and used in God’s scheme of our salvation. Grace is a free gift of God, the very roots of which require hope and faith. We hope to cooperate sufficiently with God’s plan for our salvation, which always includes graces. We have faith in God’s mercy and provident love and care for us to believe that salvation is possible if we fulfill our role of creation, which is to know, love and serve our Lord in this world in order to be happy with Him in the next ever-lasting world of heaven. We can walk in grace and enlightenment, or in sin and darkened understanding, but we can’t do both at the same time. In Baptism we are made clean in the Blood of the Lord, but we retain a weakened human nature, (concupiscence) and are naturally prone and tempted to sin, and are only able to avoid sin to the degree that we cooperate with the Holy Spirit and accept and apply the graces offered to protect and enlighten us. Pride is a primary impediment to the flow of God’s graces to us, and sin impedes the flow of graces needed to gain supernatural understanding and enlightenment.
God, as we have previously stated possesses all attributes and all attributes completely and fully. Therefore in justice God must, and most certainly does, offer each of us sufficient graces, as required by our particular circumstances in life, to acknowledge His sovereignty, and to cooperate sufficiently to gain salvation. However, while God desires that all of His children be saved, He insists that we covet salvation with sincere and humble hearts, and pay the price in faithful obedience to all of His laws, decrees and ordinances as explained and ordained by the Magistrium. Further, we are to take up our daily crosses and follow Him. cf Jn: 14: 6, Mt: 18: 24 We should not be surprised at trials and betrayals as they are part of God’s divine providence, and as God desires, lead to a greater good.
We need also remember that all salvation is through Christ and those who are blessed with special gifts, talents and graces will be rightly judged more severely if these God given gifts are not used for His greater glory, and the good of His Church. cf. Mt: 25: 14-26, 1 Cor: 12: 4-26 “The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1Cor: 2: 14 Those specially blessed to be called to a special relationship and positions of teaching and authority who answered His call as bishops, priests, brothers, sisters and deacons are given extraordinary Supernatural graces to support their call, but they are also the primary targets of Satan who knows full well that if he is able to capture their souls, many others will likely follow. In this highly secularized world our pope, bishops, priests and religious are in desperate need of our prayers as the battle for souls is spiritual. An important part of our personal catechesis is to pray for them daily.
“If the mind does not live in God and does not nourish the spiritual life, then the heart and the will possess that life only fitfully. The more interior one’s life is, the more one needs instruction from books, meditation, or from God himself.” Pg.294 St. Peter Jullian Eymard, Holy Communion.
“Heaven must be stormed, taken by assault” (On our “self”) pg.297 “By making self our real aim, we are courting destruction.” Pg.302 St. Peter Jullian Eymard, Holy Communion.
The demon is PRIDE!
There are two problems. First, some Catholic seminaries have taught for an extended period, “New Age,” Jungian theology presuming it to be “New Catholism.” This errant practice continues to this day, but there are some signs of a return to more orthodox, traditional Catholic teaching. Keep praying for them. Many clerics and religious have been taught that dissent is OK so long as you are sincere in your belief, no matter how radical these beliefs may be, and that the Pope issues only “guidelines,” not law. Secondly, there is a corresponding lack of spirituality taught and practiced, which gives way to an unnatural pride, and reliance on self. Pride is a primary tool of Satan and often used to control or at least have great influence on these bright open minds, and their teachers.
What is taking place is not a recent happening. The seeds of the current revolt were planted in the late nineteenth century. It’s an international problem, not confined to our Catholic Church in America. New Age theology spread first in European Countries such as Holland, France and Italy. Ordained priest such as de Chardin, who strongly supports Communism and desires the removal of Papal authority, and Hans Krung, and Father Schillebeeckx lead the charge today, and have “proven themselves better at sexology than theology and better trained in secularism than is spiritually.” Bishops versus the Pope, Father Charles Coughlin, Pg. 25 I provide these names as a cautionary note, to avoid all things written by and proposed by these errant clerics. Theirs is the New Age theology that has found such wide acceptance and application within today’s Church.
Vatican II was the impetus and opportunity that some bishops used to in a sense “jump-start,” and organize the current movement to openly defy Christ Vicar on earth, our Pontiff: “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me,” Lk: 10: 16 was Christ’s directive to St. Peter and all of His direct successors, our Popes.
One of the more difficult to comprehend mysteries of our faith is why God allows those He has called by name for salvation to sin, sin frequently, even repeatedly and even divorce ourselves from His love and grace by sinning grievously. This separation is total, our doing, and our choice yet God continues to offer sufficient graces in order to enlighten, reform and redeem us, but does not demand that we accept His offer.
As a shadow follows a man walking in sunlight, most assuredly so does sin darken and limit understanding. The gift of grace is always free and its acceptance is never mandated; only offered. When pride or other capitol sins do not get in the way, we say “yes,” “thank you God.” When we are operating not under grace, but sin, we decline the offers of grace, our ability to understand is removed, or at least limited, and we may even think in error that what we are doing is correct and Gods will. Or, influenced by Satan’s prompting, that what others are doing even in opposition to Magisterium teaching is to God’s will. Such is the case, for some parish priests who choose to follow their bishops, before our Pontiff. Who do not make an effort to learn the truth, or are simply in fear of the consequences of doing what is right, in favor of what is easy. There is always a price to pay, a cross to carry in following Gods will. Its not supposed to be easy. Obediently and humbly carrying ones crosses has always been the way of salvation for man.
Most parish priest’s are extremely over worked, and it might be difficult for them to find the time to do the necessary research that proves the singular truth of Jesus’ chosen Vicar on earth, versus the reported “mandates” of Vatican II as expressed by their local superiors. There is a natural reliance on others who are “more expert,” more up to date, more “with – it.” Tied to this is a naiveté, a culpable gullibility that refuses to even consider that their bishop, or his ”experts” may be in error, even grievous error. Catholics can find themselves working for God, without doing God’s work. All Catholics must have a strong and constant spiritual life or put their very soul in danger. This is true for all Catholics and an absolute truth for those professed to God.
Only an active and proper spiritual life, correct and active participation in the sacraments, which remain God’s main channels of His grace to us, can flip the switch of proper enlightenment, and reestablish a proper relationship with God. God must move toward us, and we must be assisted by the Holy Spirit in our search for God’s truth. A humble and obedient heart is much loved and much blessed by our Lord. True faith naturally seeks the single truth and when it finds it, embraces it ardently. Believing is only possible by grace, and so too enlightenment and understanding are gifts of the Spirit of God. Come Holy Spirit, come! “Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Mt: 11: 25-27 (All) “Christian piety must be centered in the mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ, with no regard for what is ‘personal or subjective.” Mediator Dei, Pius XII no.29
Why is this happening?
First because we are not operating under grace with guidance from the Holy Spirit, this theology is called, Theistic Atheism. It is a professed belief in God, but living as though He does not exist. Second, is a fear factor that takes the easy road of uninformed compliance to peers or superiors who are may be wrong? Third, we have failed to take the time, make the time to determine the truth. Fourth, in some cases it is based on an improperly taught and learned theology and philosophy, which limits, but does not remove completely, culpability.
CIC 331 “the office uniquely committed by the Lord to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, abides in the Bishop of the Church of Rome. He is the head of the College of Bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the Pastor of the universal Church here on earth. Consequently, by virtue of his office, he has supreme, full, immediate and universal ordinary power in the Church, and he can always freely exercise this power.”
CIC 333 §1 “By virtue of his office, the Roman Pontiff not only has power over the universal Church, but also has pre-eminent ordinary power over all particular Churches and their groupings. This reinforces and defends the proper, ordinary and immediate power, which the Bishops have in the particular Churches entrusted to their care.”
§3” There is neither appeal nor recourse against a judgment or a decree of the Roman Pontiff. “
“It follows from this that the Sovereign Pontiff alone enjoys the right to recognize and establish any (all) practices touching the worship of God… No private person (not even a bishop or a priest) has any authority to regulate external practices of this kind.” Mediator Dei, Pius XII,No. 58
Built of Living Stones review
As the application, driven by the success of EACW increased, (success from the standpoint that they were getting away with the largely unchallenged murder of the Catholic Church), criticism of EACW’s easy to determine lies began to be publicly expressed. Many true Catholic scholars, Bishops, priest and informed laity began to openly question the authority of this document, which was, at least verbally reported as the “final authority” on all matters relating to renovation and Church construction. It was proclaimed that EACW had binding force, when in fact, except for the rare instances when it correctly quoted and applied documents of real and true binding force, it had no more authority than a comic book. But EACW was no laughing matter.
I recall vividly sitting in the audience as the now infamous Father Richard Vosko, who is the most successful, sought after and most often used LDC in America today gave his presentations and verbally tore apart my parish Church, while informing us of EACW’s “mandates” for Vatican II compliance that required removal of Christ to a small separate chapel, flexible seating (no kneelers), constructing and moving a portable altar into the midst of God’s people so we could be more involved, and the mandate of a full size immersion Baptismal pool, (which remains ONLY an option). While a study would be done to see if “existing facilities” (not Church) could be modified, his preliminary opinion was that we would have to build a new “gathering space” (this the new bishops term for church building), with an estimated price tag of $3.5 million dollars. This in a parish that struggles to meet its $500,000.00 annual budget. I felt like I was sitting in a fire station when a five-alarm fire had just been called in. I decided right then and there to get quickly informed. When I did, I formed a SOCS committee, “Save Our Church and School,” and with the aid of a few dedicated parishioners, began the process of informing my pastor, his staff and the parish in general about the truth. After some time had passed, a highly esteemed long time parishioner and local attorney took over the lead role and God in His mercy saved our parish.
God’s in His benevolent will provided us with a wonderful, holy pastor who has done much to raise the spirituality of our parish, and just this year we repainted God’s house, installed new carpet, restored the stained glass windows, and now have air-conditioning. More importantly, we now have a weekly day of Eucharistic adoration. God is good, thank you Lord!
Built of Living Stones is the illegitimate prodigy of EACW. Nether document has been submitted for Rome’s necessary approval. Both contain errors, and neither is to be obeyed except in the rare instances where they accurately quote and apply documents that are current, valid and licit. BLS too is being promoted, like EACW, as the final authority on these matters. Most assuredly, it is not!
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has long been an opponent of EACW and was a driving force in rewriting the EACW document. Of significant note is the fact that the original replacement document for EACW was entitled Domus Dei, which translates to, “God’s House,” but when it was submitted to the body of bishops NCCB (National Conference of Catholic Bishops) meeting, a myriad of changes were made and approved by the majority of bishops and the name was changed to the current Built of Living Stones, which provides the single most evident truth of it’s current theology, purpose and application, from love of God, to let’s love ourselves and everything will be OK.
Some specific BLS comments: discerning the single truth.
Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship: “Guidelines (not presented in writing at least as “mandates) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” November 2000
“Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship is presented to assist the faithful involved in the building or renovation of churches, chapels, and oratories of the Latin Church in the United States.” (Once again, without the necessary Magisterium approval to make it binding.)
“In 1962 Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to help the Church renew its sense of mission. The first of the conciliar documents, Sacrosanctum Concilium: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, articulated the goals of the Council and, in keeping with those goals, established general principles for the reform and promotion of the sacred liturgy. In addition to mandating that liturgical books and rites be revised, Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC), called for the revision of legislation governing the material elements involved in the liturgy, particularly the construction of places of worship and altars, the placement of the tabernacle and the baptistery, andthe use of images and decoration.” From the Introduction.
What you have just read is a direct quote from BLS implying that the changes which are “required” according to Built of Living Stones, derive their authority from Vatican II’s, Sacrosanctum Concilium. To demonstrate how deliberately misleading and disingenuous this is, I share the following direct quotes from Sacrosanctum Concilium, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Both are current, valid and licit and fully binding directives.
General Norms: Sacrosanctum Concilium, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
22. (1) Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See, and, as laws may determine, on the bishop.
(2) In virtue of power conceded by law, the regulation of the liturgy within certain defined limits belongs also to various kinds of bishops’ conferences, legitimately established, with competence in given territories. (Must be with Rome’s approval!)
124. Ordinaries are to take care that in encouraging and favoring truly sacred art, they should seek for noble beauty rather than sumptuous display. The same principle applies also to sacred vestments and ornaments. Bishops should be careful to ensure that works of art which are repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, and which offend true religious sense either by depraved forms or through lack of artistic merit or because of mediocrity or pretense, be removed from the house of God and from other sacred places. And when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the celebration of liturgical services and for the activeparticipation of the faithful.” (Rather than remove articles only repugnant to faith, morals, and Christian piety, in some cases they removed most, even all items of piety to the detriment of the faith of hundreds of thousands of Catholics. To deny piety its proper role in salvation history is absurdity. Piety is a personal expression of respect for our Creator. It is both a just and a necessary expression of slave to King, son to Father, mankind to Godhead.) Pjm
(The common misinterpretation of “the active participation of the faithful” ignores the Churches understanding of more singing, praying, and better readings and homilies, choosing instead to make fixed altars portable, take them out of the sanctuary and place them in the midst of the congregation, remove pews and substitute common chairs without kneelers, and hide Christ in the reserved tabernacle from all of the people He died for to forward their own agenda. Pjm)
125. The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they are venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their relative position should reflect right order. For otherwise the Christian people may find them incongruous and they may foster devotion of doubtful orthodoxy.
128. The canons and ecclesiastical statutes which govern the provision of external things which pertain to sacred worship should be revised as soon as possible, together with the liturgical books, as laid down in Article 25. (This was accomplished in the 1983-revised Code of Canon Law, currently in effect) These laws reference especially to the worthy and well-planned construction of sacred buildings, the shape and construction of altars, the nobility, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle, the suitability and dignity of the bapistry, the proper ordering of sacred images, and the scheme of decoration and embellishment. Laws, which seems less suited to the reformed liturgy should be amended or abolished. Those, which are helpful, are to be retained, or introduced if lacking. (If and when approved by Rome.)
Sacrosanctum Concilium, does not specify any changes to the tabernacle, Communion rails, chairs replacing pews, Jacuzzis replacing baptismal fonts, or tables replacing altars, much less moving them into the midst of the congregation. It does say to follow the Code of Canon Law and other such specific and duly authorized Magisterium approved documents. Pjm
1983 Code of Canon Law (Still current and binding.)
CIC 858~1. Every parish church is to have a baptismal font, with due regard for the rights already acquired by other churches. (Previously baptized coming into the Catholic Church)
(Note: no mention of a full emersion pool requirement, this too is a valid option.)
CIC 1235~2. It is fitting that there be a fixed altar in every church. (When the Canon speaks of “table,” it is in reference to the top surface of sacrifice of the altar, not a four-legged table as is sometimes inferred and proclaimed as a mandate.)
I hasten to point out that the construction of Altars in new Churches, are most often made to reflect common (albeit fancy) dinning tables, rather than the Traditional Altar of Sacrifice. Why? One may ask. Because today’s LCD’s often do not believe in the Real Presence, nor do they wish you to hold and covet this most Sacred Mystery and the truth that it is proclaiming. To them we are celebrating a mere meal, a re-presentation of the Last Supper, to be sure, BUT nothing more than that. Pjm
“In the United States, the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy published the committee statement Environment and Art in Catholic Worship in 1978. (The bishops knowing that the document was not binding, lacked authority and was not the mind on the Roman Catholic Church, still proudly propagated its unlawful use for more than twenty years.) This statement has had a profound impact on the building and renovation of parish churches in the United States. (Because many, in grievous error, presented it as mandated licit Law. It has no binding authority! Parish communities have studied, discussed, and disagreed (Thank God!) about the document; many liturgical design consultants have utilized the text in parish education programs; and architects have tried to transform the underlying principles and theology into brick and mortar, stone and glass. Twenty-two years after the publication of Environment and Art, the bishops of the United States present a new document on church art and architecture that builds on and replaces Environment and Art (but often does not correct the heresy’s of EACW) addresses the needs of the next generation of parishes engaged in building or renovating churches. Built of Living Stones reflects our (personal – Pjm) understanding of the liturgy, of the role and importance of church art and architecture, and of the integral roles of the local parish and the diocese that enter into a building or renovation project.” BLS introduction.
“The Church has been particularly careful to see that sacred furnishings should worthily and beautifully serve the dignity of worship. She has admitted changes in material, style, or ornamentation prompted by the progress of technical arts with the passage of time.” BLS 122 (One glance at the sterile, septic and piety-less “gathering spaces” (bishops term) makes evident the folly of this statement. In every state are renovations that bear little or no resemblance to God’s house, and why should they; after all they are Built of Living Stones.Pjm)
Ordinaries (local bishops) are to take care that in encouraging and favoring truly sacred art; they should seek for noble beauty rather than sumptuous display. The same principle applies also to sacred vestments and ornaments. BLS 123 This is being accomplished by often removing all art; anything and everything from the crucifix, to the Stations of the Cross, to all statues, and even stained glass windows that hint of any pious theme are at times removed in total. There is a directive to reduce the number of items, but none to remove all signs of piety. (Some would have us gather to praise self, not God. Pjm) And when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the Celebration of liturgical services and for the active participation of the faithful. cf. SC 14
Here is the “grab-on-to” directive that is given as the Vatican II mandate for the “absolute need” to turn Churches into mere gathering spaces. Are they right?
From: Vatican.II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on The Sacred Liturgy
Pope Benedict has been very blunt and open in disagreement about some of the content of the V II Document; S.C.
14. “ Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people” (1 Pet: 2:9: 4-5) have a right and obligation by reason of their baptism. “In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy the full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit.”
30. “ To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalms, antiphons, and hymns as well as by actions, gestures and bodily attitudes. (Which most certainly are to include genuflections and kneeling.) And at the proper time a reverent silence should be observed. (This is what The Church actually means by “active participation.” Pjm)
33. “Although the sacred liturgy is principally the worship of the divine majesty it likewise contains much instruction for the faithful. For in the liturgy God speaks to his people, and Christ is still proclaiming his Gospel. And the people reply to God both by song and prayer. Moreover the prayers addressed to God by the priest who, in the person of Christ, presides over the assembly, are said in the name of the entire holy people and of all present. And Christ or the Church has chosen the visible signs, which the sacred liturgy uses to signify invisible divine things. Thus not only when things are read “which were written for our instruction” (Rom: 15:4), but alsowhen the Church prays or sings or acts, the faith of those taking part isnourished, and their minds are raised to God so that they may offer him their spiritual homage and receive his grace more abundantly.” (Contrary to popular beliefs, “active participation” does not require the Altar (or the choir) in our midst, or our facing each other. These situations actually detract from our praise and worship to Almighty God. Pjm)
“The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they are venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their relative positions should reflect right order”. BLS 125
“Ordinaries should ensure that sacred furnishings and works of value are not disposed of or destroyed, for they are ornaments in God’s house” BLS 126
“ These laws refer especially to the worthy and well-planned construction of sacred buildings, the Shape and construction of altars, the nobility, placing, and security of theEucharistic tabernacle, The suitability and dignity of the baptistery, the proper ordering of sacred images, and the scheme of Decoration and embellishment. Laws, which seems less suited to the reformed liturgy should be amended or abolished.
Those, which are helpful, are to be retained, or introduced if lacking.” BLS 128 (But only and always with prior review and approval by Rome which recent history shows to happen only selectively. Pjm)
The Location of the Tabernacle:
The tabernacle contains the very source and heart of our faith, Jesus Christ Himself! That is why the tabernacle location is the primary issue. Removing Christ from our midst has proven to be effective in removing us from Christ. This is no accident! Pjm
“There are a number of possible spaces suitable for Eucharistic reservation. (By law, only two). The revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GRIM) states that it is more appropriate that the tabernacle in which the “Blessed Sacrament is reserved not be on the altar on which Mass is celebrated. BLS 98 The bishop is to determine where the tabernacle will be placed and to give further direction. The bishop may decide that the tabernacle be placed in the sanctuary apart from the altar ofcelebration (always the first choice of the Magisterium) or in a separate chapel suitable for adoration (Only if very rare cases: see EM number 53,54 which are still binding, and Canon 938~2.) In making his determination, the bishop will consider the importance of the assembly’s ability to focus on the Eucharistic action, the piety of the people, (how may I ask, does removing The Real Christ from the midst of His flock, improve one’s piety? Pjm) and the custom of the area” BLS 99 (The primary consideration are not these issues, but regular non Catholic visitors who might profane our Lord. Em- 53,54). Inserted here is the mythical “active and static presence issue,” which we will shortly cover in greater detail. Pjm
The Chapel of Reservation: “The diocesan bishop may direct the parish to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a chapel separate from the nave and sanctuary but “integrally connectedwith the church” and “conspicuous to the (all of the) faithful.” BLS100 (This conforms to the GRIM 2000, no. 314 instruction.) The placement and design of the chapel can foster reverence and can provide the quiet and focus needed for personal prayer, and it should provide kneelers and chairs for those who come to pray. (This Remains the second choice, and then must be with just cause, not on a whim of personal preference. Bishops are under grave moral obligation to maintain Communion with Rome, and to do what is best for the faith of their flock. Giving, rather than limiting the most people possible access to the Supernatural graces available from Christ Himself is indisputability of great spiritual benefit to all Catholics. Pjm)
The Tabernacle in the Sanctuary: “A special area can be designed within the sanctuary. (This remains not only a valid option, but also the most preferred option) Careful planning is needed so that the placement chosen does not draw the attention of the faithful away from the Eucharistic celebration and its components (nowhere is this required or even suggested in any Vatican II, or any current, valid and licit Magisterium document). In addition, the placement must allow for a focus on the tabernacle for those periods of quiet prayer outside the celebration of the Eucharist.” BLS 102.
“Ordinarily, it is helpful to have a sufficient distance to separate the tabernacle and the altar. When a tabernacle is located directly behind the altar, consideration should be given to using distance, lighting, or some other architectural device that separates the tabernacle and reservation area during Mass, but that allows the tabernacle to be fully visible to the entire worship area when the Eucharistic liturgy is not being celebrated.” BLS 103 Reference to the mythical “active and static presence.” I have not been able to find Magisterium or Papal mention, direction or support for this supposed phenomenon. Pjm
”Active versus Static” – Law or Myth?
This is a deliberately contrived myth based on the desire to justify the removal of Jesus Christ, present in the reservation tabernacles of His Church’s to places that limit His exposure to only a few pious souls. Christ died for all and desires to be available to all, all of the time. This truth is both evident and logical. First The theory put fourth is that the “static presence” of Christ in the reservation tabernacle, somehow interferes with our being “full and active participants” in the live “active” Eucharistic liturgy. “One can’t have both a active and a static presence because they compete with each other” as our attention is always on the tabernacle, rather than what ever is taking place at the altar of celebration and sacrifice. Do not be seduced by such folly. The theory is ludicrous, as it presumes that Jesus Christ, who is all good, can or would desire to allow His hidden Sacred Presence, be a detriment to the salvation of the very souls He died to save. A detriment because His hidden presence, somehow “competes” with His Transubstantiation, in the reenactment of the very act of salvation. This is absurd! Secondly, Christ reservation is not like a Holiday Inn for sleeping, no He’s is there to benefit us by providing graces, which is an action, not at all static, and this action of distributing graces works in conjunction and complete conformity with the action of Transubstantiation, and Holy Communion. It adds to, rather than take away from being in His Sacred presence. Third, history itself bears witness to this folly, as it was in the period of time that our Church regularly and consistently placed the reservation tabernacle on the high altar, visible to all and available to all, all of the time (A.D. 1300-1960’s) that piety, Catholicism, vocations and use of the Blessed sacraments flourished. It was the unnecessary “modern” updates of Vatican II, wrongly applied that has resulted in a loss of piety, and loss of Catholic souls; perhaps as many as seventy-five percent of living professed Catholics no longer regularly properly and obediently practice their faith, religious orders are but a third of what they were forty years ago, and the number of vocations is so limited that numerous seminaries have been closed, and the laity are (mostly female) being trained (out of contrived necessity) to replace, sub-plant priest. This reality plays right into the plans of those who desire to kill Christ church. Fourth, the human physic is naturally drawn to “action” and sound rather than something that is stationary, like the tabernacle. if, in the improbable case someone is concentrating on the reserved Christ rather than the Transubstantiation taking place, it is likely caused by poor catechetical instruction. That is hardly justification to remove Christ from our midst, and reverse a theology that, more than others, grew Christ Church on a solid foundation. I will offer a rare opinion that there seems to be FAR more effort to train the laity to replace priest, than to build vocations. Pjm
“The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”
“The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” CCC 1324
“In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: ‘ Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking.’” CCC 1325
As evidenced below, the Holy Eucharist is at One and the Same Time a triune like sacrament that has three fully separate, yet unable to be separated components. Eucharist is
A Sacrifice sacrament
A Communion Sacrament
A Worship / Presence Sacrament
More current, licit, valid, and binding evidence:
These truths were again brought to the front by his Holiness Pope John Paul II, in his April 2003 binding on all Encyclical: Ecclesiada Eucharistie. Our Pope found it necessary to again remind our bishops, priest and ourselves of the single truth about the Eucharist, it’s location and piety.
CIC 898 “Christ’s faithful are to hold the blessed Eucharist in the highest honor. They should take an active part in the celebration of the most august Sacrifice of the Mass (Sacrifice sacrament); they should receive the sacrament (Communion sacrament) with great devotion and frequently, and should reverence it with the greatest adoration. (Worship sacrament) In explaining the doctrine of this sacrament, pastors (most especially, bishops) of souls are assiduously to instruct the faithful about theirobligation in this regard.” When is the last time you heard a homily on this topic? Why not?
Restating this truth may further clarify. Similar to the Triune Godhead itself, which consist of three separate, yet unable to be separated Deities, the Eucharist has separate, but unable to be separated elements of Sacrifice, Communion and Praise/Worship. Each is truly separate, but each also completes and complements the other two operations. For bishops to randomly abandon this truth in favor of the propagated myth of an active and static presence, by foregoing the Worship/Presence elements is a grave error. “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. ‘To visit the Blessed Sacrament is a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord’ (Paul VI, MF 66).” CCC 1418. (This applies to all Catholics, not simply the pious few (very few) who might visit a Eucharistic chapel.) My personal observation at several “new churches” with hidden reservation chapels shows that darn few Sunday Holy Mass attendees, if any, do visit these reservation chapels, but don’t take my word for it; check it out for yourselves! This too is the goal of the reno (recko) vation.
What are the common arguments put fourth by those who would, and in fact are perpetuating this fraud on countless uninformed and gullible Catholics?
“These changes are mandated by the Second Vatican Council”
REPLY: Show me the specific Vatican II documents that are: a. current b. valid
c. Licit d. binding, that “require” removal of Communion rails, removal of kneelers, require separate reservation chapels, require altars be made portable and to look like tables, that altars be moved ‘into the center of the congregation’, for a Jacuzzi type baptismal pool, and justification for the liturgical emphasis now changed from love of God to love of self.
“We are obeying and following “the spirit of Vatican II”
REPLY: Our Church, like our government rules by laws and ordinances. Their opinion is no more valid than yours! They speak of spirit, as in “Spirit”: when the Holy Spirit, would not advocate the Second Person of the Divine Trinity, be removed from the midst of the very children He came to redeem, so that only a few might visit Him! One Can and need apply common sense to some of these absurd arguments.
“We cannot have an “active and a static presence at the same time”
REPLY: This is a myth, a fraud that seeks justification that does not exist. To remove Jesus really present from our midst. What really is taking place are two actions that support and add to each other.
The GRIM: General Instruction of The Roman Missile, art. 276 require separate reservation. (1975)
REPLY: This is no longer valid. For all of the following reasons.
There exist in truth, no justification (except possible sacrilege in certain Churches where the high probability of excessive non-Catholic traffic might exist) for the removal of Christ, who died for all, and desires to be always present to all of His children, all of the time, as is the rule of law in the Roman Catholic Church. The 1975 GRIM has been replaced and supplanted by GRIM 200, no. 314 as is shown below, which corrects this oversight. Em 54, 55, Canon 938~2, and the Catechism 1181, 1380, all clearly articulate the mind of the Magisterium. Separate reservation is the second or third choice, and then only as needed to prevent sacrilege to our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Latin Church (Roman) uses a system of “weight of authority” measurements to determine the level of application influence for its rules and laws. Documents rated # 1 have the highest degree of binding authority, and documents rated # 5 have the lowest binding authority.
“Built of Living Stones” and ”Environment In Art In Catholic Worship” EACW, are both rated number # 5, the very bottom of the authority list. (Even as approved documents, which has never taken place.) Each and every document quoted will be of greater weight of licit binding authority than either EACW or BLS.
“Inaestimabile Donum” Pope John Paul II, 1980: Weight of authority is # 1
Article # 24: “The tabernacle in which the Eucharist is kept can be located on an altar
(1st. and top choice), or away from it, in a spot in the church which is very prominent, truly noble,and duly decorated, or in a chapel for private prayer for adoration of the faithful.”(This second option is only applicable to churches that have extreme amounts of none Catholic foot traffic, such as Cathedrals, or churches that house much art or relics that might cause none Catholic foot traffic)
Article # 27 reads: “ If anything has been introduced that is at variance with these indications, it is to be corrected”.
§ 314. “In keeping with the architecture of a given church and legitimate local customs, the Most Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a tabernacle in a part of the church which is distinguished, dignified unobscured, suitably decorated and conducive to prayer.
“Normally there should be but a single, immovable tabernacle, made of materials which are solid, inviolable and not transparent, and locked so that any danger of profanation may indeed be deterred.”
Two options for such a location follow: (Only two!)
1. “Either in the sanctuary, celebration apart from the altar of celebration, in the most suitable form and place, not excluding on an old altar, which is no longer, used for celebration of Holy Mass “ (1st. Choice) Speaking here of what in now commonly termed the “rear altar.”
2. “ Or even in another chapel suitable for adoration and the private prayer of the faithful, and which is integrally connected with the church and is conspicuous to thefaithful. “ This is always the second choice unless the highprobability of profaning Christ exist.
I am of the mind that money was made available to take CHRIST away from His flock which resulted in thousands of lost souls, thus we are gravely morally required to return CHRIST to His rightful home; visible to all and available to all, in ALL churches in compliance to this mandate! And this as a top priority. We shall be judged on what we do and what we fail to do to save souls. Pjm
Meaning: both visible to all, and available to all, all of the time. Will all the Churches turned into gathering spaces be retrofitted to this standard? No! Not without much prayer and our involvement. Why, because it would lead many back to Christ! Satan is real, and really active. (The excuse will be it’s too expensive). It wasn’t too expensive to ruin faith, why should it be an issue in restoring faith? This is why this chapter needed to be written and included in this book.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law: Weight of authority is #1
CIC 938 §1 “The blessed Eucharist is to be reserved habitually in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory no mention of a “private chapel”. This is extremely important, because words have specific meaning, and as will be shown, “church” and “chapel have different applications and meanings. §2 The tabernacle in which the blessed Eucharist is reserved should be sited in a distinguished place in the church or oratory a place that is conspicuous, suitably adorned and conducive to prayer. “
CIC 1214 “The term church means a sacred building intended for divine worship, to which the faithful have right of access for the exercise especially the public exercise, of divine worship”. (This is specific to all of the faithful, not a limited few).
CIC 1223” An oratory means a place which, by permission of the Ordinary, is set aside for divine worship, for the convenience of some community or group of the faithful who assemble there to which however other members of the faithful may with the consent of the competent Superior, have access.”
CIC 1226” The term private chapel means a place, which, by permission of the local Ordinary, is set aside for divine worship for the convenience of one or more individuals.” (But, and this is key, not for all.)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Weight of authority is # 2
1183. “The tabernacle is to be situated ‘in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor. [Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei: AAS (1965) 771.] The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really Present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.”
1379. “The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. “
1380. “It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to His Church in this unique way.” “ The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” John Paul II,Dominicae cenae, 3.
Sorry to belabor the point, but I have done so to show the easy access to the truth, and the abundant support for Christ to remain physically, not only spiritually in our midst, and as a reminder that this is the most important issue that binds or separates us. The removal to places unworthy of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ continues to be put fourth as a Vatican II mandate and articulates the intent of removing Christ from our midst by those advocating as a Vatican II ”necessity,” complete renovations when all that is needed is a simple, more humble and far cheaper face- lift.
Quotes of Built of Living Stones resumes:
“Just as the term Church refers to the living temple, God’s people, the term church also has been used to describe, “The building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the word of God, to pray together, to receive the sacraments, and celebrate the Eucharist.” BLS #13 That building is both the house of God on earth (Domus Dei) and a house fit for the prayers of the saints (Domus Ecclesiae). Such a house of prayer must be expressive of the presence of God (who is Really Present in our reservation tabernacle) and suited for the celebration of the sacrifice of Christ, as well as reflective of the community that celebrates there.” BLS 14. (Seldom are the new “gathering space” reflective of a house worthy of God’s presence, as they are typically sterile of all things holy and reflective of piety. As to being reflective of the community that worships there; this too requires evidence that God’s people are holy, as in “We are One, holy Roman, Catholic Church.” The Creed , Pjm)
This is a wonderful example of needing to judge actions rather than words. The typical Father Vosco renovation – gathering space (church?) is void of anything that smacks of piety or religion, or God, and especially of Christ Jesus, His Mother, or His sacrifice on Calvary. Why, because all of these take away form our “fellowship” and community emphasis. Missing are all statues, the Stations of The Cross, and often even a Cross with the Corpus of Christ
Built of Living Stones -Liturgical Principles for Building or Renovating Churches
“The general plan of the building should be such that “in some way it conveys the image of the gathered assembly “ who too are holy. Foremost it should be a holy, pious place suitable for Divine worship and our active participation. Active participation should mean more active prayer, singing, internal spiritual participation and care in hearing God’s word, and then living lives that put into action these teachings cf. CCC 1066 – 1076
The Sanctuary Area: ”The sanctuary is the space where the altar and the ambo stand, and “where the priest, deacon and other ministers (who the church Magisterium intends to be male: see Canon 230, ID –10,18) exercise their offices.” The special character of the sanctuary is emphasized and enhanced by the distinctiveness of its design and furnishings, or by its elevation.” Elevation is the first choice!
The Altar: “At the Eucharist, the liturgical assembly celebrates the ritual sacrificial meal that recalls and makes present Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, proclaiming “the death of the Lord until he comes.” (Above all the main altar should be so placed and constructed as to always be seen as a sign of Christ Himself” EM-24) In new churches there is to be only one altar so that it “signifies to the assembly of the faithful one Christ and the one Eucharist of the Church. The main altar is to be a “fixed” as in none moveable altar. “ Older Churches can and may retain the “rear altar,” rather than destroy it!
CIC 1235 §1” The altar or table on which the Eucharistic Sacrifice is celebrated is termed fixed if it is so constructed that it is attached to the floor and therefore cannot be moved; it is termed movable, if it can be removed.”
§2” It is proper that in every church there should be a fixed altar. In other places, which are intended for the celebration of sacred functions, the altar may be either fixed or movable.”
CIC 1236 §1 “In accordance with the traditional practice of the Church, the table of a fixed altar is to be of stone, indeed of a single natural stone. However, even some other worthy and solid material may be used, if the Episcopal Conference so judges. The support or the base can be made from any material.”
The Ambo: “The central focus of the area in which the word of God is proclaimed during the liturgy is the ambo. The design of the ambo and its prominent placement reflects the dignity and nobility of that saving word and draws the attention of those present to the proclamation of the word.” (Again Cannon 230 gives a clear and specific intent for ‘males.) BLS 80
The Baptistery” The rites of baptism, the first of the sacraments of initiation, require a prominent place for celebration. BLS 89 Initiation into the Church is entrance into a eucharistic community united in Jesus Christ.” Elements of design. The location of the baptismal font, its design, and the method; emersion or pouring of water is a personal preference. Both methods are acceptable, and a Jacuzzi type emersion pool is not a mandate, yet it too is an option. cf. BLS 4
Seating: “There are no universal norms regarding fixed or flexible seating (as is chairs with no kneelers) but the diocesan bishop may issue further directives in this area.” As evidenced below there is clear mandated direction and preference for kneeling. Space for kneeling is necessary, See GRIM no.43
Norms of the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani [liturgical instructions in the new Roman Missal] (GRIM 2000) concerning the postures of the congregation during the celebration of Mass, and proposed amendments approved by the US bishops June 15, 2001, for submission to the Holy See for necessary recognitio (approval). (As of April 2003, they have been approved.)
Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani
43.” The faithful should stand from the beginning of the opening song or when the priest enters until the end of the opening prayer or collect; for the singing of the Alleluia before the gospel reading; while the Gospel itself is proclaimed; during the profession of faith and the general intercessions; from the Invitatory, “Pray that our sacrifice…” before the prayer over the gifts to the end of the Mass, except at the places indicated later in this paragraph. “
“They should sit during the readings before the Gospel reading and during the Responsorial Psalm, for the homily and the preparation of the gifts, and, if this seems helpful, during the period of religious silence after Communion.”
They should kneel at the Consecration, (note: does not “may”, but “should”) except when prevented by reasons of health, lack of space, the number of people present, or some other good reason. However, those who do not kneel at the Consecration (should be physically unable to do so, as this is the very Son of God) ought to make a profound bow when the priest genuflects after the Consecration. Churches are to provide space for kneeling, and therefore kneelers. The reasons kneelers are no longer desired by the New Age leaders are: 1. Self- worship rather than Divine worship, thus the desire to remove Christ to parts unknown. 2. They are trying to sell “gathering spaces” (multi purpose) to replace true worship spaces. 3. They are fully desirous of reducing all visible signs that would promote piety, as piety is a learned response and is akin to worship of a Deity, which they deny the existence of. (If we are required to kneel, and we are, then kneelers need be provided.)
The Cross: “The cross with the image of Christ crucified is a reminder of Christ’s paschal mystery. It draws us into the mystery of suffering and makes tangible our belief that our suffering when united with the passion and death of Christ leads to redemption .BLS 113 There should be a crucifix “positioned either on the altar or near it, and . . . clearly visible to the people gathered there.” BLS114
This is another example of actions are better than words study case. In many new or remodeled churches there is no permanent crucifix, no stations of the cross, no pious stained glass windows, and no statues of saints. Many of the participates in these actions labor under the limited understanding permitted to them by God in His mysterious ways. We need judge actions, but not motives. Be charitable, and frame always your debate with facts, allowing no room for personal opinion. I have provided you with the facts, so that you can make up your own mind and be able to defend the deposit of our faith, Christ Church. Always with charity, and always with facts. Pjm
Do not allow yourself to grow discouraged by the revelation that our Church has some traitors in Her midst. It has always been so, and it is a prime factor in Her growth. God regularly takes apparently “bad” circumstances and makes something good happen. Martyrs need a cause, (one can be a “white,” that is bloodless martyr) so God gives every age an opportunity to show how much we love Him. Saving our Church from its current crisis is my cause, and I share it eagerly with you. Let us take up our cross and follow Christ, and show by loving and courageous example, that there exist today, Catholics who are informed, obedient, and desire to serve. Amen! Pjm
Can Domus Dei (God’s house) be Built of/on Living Stones? (The Bishop’s document.)
Perhaps, as we the Church Militant are an integral and essential element of Domus Dei. In great part it will depend on the piety, integrity, humility and fully faithful obedient compliance to the Catholic Magisterium of the “builders,” who must desire serving God, not self. With God as the vine, us as the branches, fertilized by obedient love, God’s house, Domus Dei will prosper. Amen!
Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, Who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. “ Isa: 42: 5-7
Please join me in praying daily for vocations and for the special needs of all priest, bishops, religious and deacons. May God have mercy on us. Amen. You now possess the truth, and need make up your own