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Temples & Human Respect

Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

February 09, 1999
   
 

SAM  8:00 AM

SAM =  St Augustine Monastery, Nova Scotia, Canada

MK 7:1-13                                                                                                                                                     

IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN HISTORY.....Man has constructed Magnificent Temples.....&....works of Art to give Honor & Glory to God. And this is as it should be!  Man always should render to God all HONOR & GLORY....as best as he possibly knows how!

WHEREVER THIS has been done...the CHURCH & WORKS OF ART are placed on display for all to admire...& identify with the artist/sculptor in rendering the same Glory to God.  THE POINT IS....great Buildings of Stone & Mortar....are fine offerings to God’s Glory, but in many instances this is where it all stops.  LISTEN to what Our Lord says in today’s Gospel  MK 7:1-13.....

        .....the Prophecy of ISAIAH

       “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written...”This people pays me  

         homage with their lips...but their hearts are far from Me.....& in vain  do they  

         worship Me, teaching as doctrine mere human precepts.”  “For Letting go the

         Commandment of God...you hold fast the tradition of men, the washing of pots

         & cups...& many other things you do like to these.”

WHEN MY GENERATION were little children...we memorized the Answers in the Old Baltimore CatechismTo the very important question...”Why did God make you?”...back came the memorized  reply......”God made me to Know, Honor, Love & Serve Him in this world.....& to be happy with Him forever in the next.”  This is WHY God made us!

HUMAN CUSTOMS & PRACTICES...especially with today’s modern approach to Streamline & Shortcut formal Religion.....& Contacts with GOD...or the SUPREME BEING has over- simplified 2000 years of Christianity’s basic Teachings & Traditions.   If you were to ask a young child WHY did God make YOU?  Many would hesitate & reply...”I don’t know.   But ask them what a Pencil, Bike, or Sled is for...or how to work the I Phone or the Internet...& all know how to  do so...even young children!

AS A RESULT, Piety & External manifestation of Devotions has dwindled...& in some places been gradually eliminated, even abolished.   Hence, the Faith & Piety of the People of God has SUFFERED  tremendously.  In some Countries outward display of Devotion, Public Processions.........& Public Prayers by the Clergy & people has been officially banned under pain of arrest......as in Nazi Germany...& in Communist Countries....& in Mexico during Saint Pope John Paul II’s visit &  reign as Supreme Pontiff.  It has even occurred in the USA where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is no longer celebrated through mistaken & misguided Zeal.

A REKINDLING of PIETY & DEVOTIONS.... such as Processions, Public Praying of the Rosary, Devotions to the Sacred Heart....& to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist such....as BENEDICTION of the Blessed Sacrament...& many other devotions......ALL help to Foster &  Strengthen, & Support the Faith, Hope & Love of God & Church....& of every person who wants to cling to Christ.

MANY OF THE CLERGY...& the FAITHFUL believe this is sorely needed in this modern world of ours that keeps trying daily to ELIMINATE ALL THINGS SPIRITUAL.

                                          ALL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE NEED TO BAN TOGETHER BY ALL POSSIBLE MEANS....

                    TO PUT INTO PRACTICE THE MOTTO OF POPE SAINT PIUS X...”TO RESTORE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST”......

                                             ......IN ORDER THAT CHRIST MAY BE ALL.............AND IN ALL......!

   
 
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