Confession out of style . . .
As John Paul II and Benedict XVI lamented, there is scant evidence in our communities of any awareness of the distinction between worthy and unworthy communions—one of the most basic lessons children used to be taught in their catechism class.
The way we were:
Children in those primitive “pre-Vatican II days” were taught to practice virtue and avoid mortal sin because they should desire to be able to receive the Lord and be ever more perfectly united to Him, until they reached the glory of heaven where they would possess Him forever. They were taught that if one received the Lord in a state of mortal sin, one committed a further and a worse sin.
Can you imagine Pope Francis talking this way?
They were taught that making a good confession, with sorrow for sin and an intention to avoid it…
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Holy Communion not so holy any more . . .
The first major step was the allowance of communion in the hand while standing???a sharp break from the deeply-ingrained practice of many centuries of kneeling in adoration at the altar rail and receiving on the tongue, like a baby bird being fed by its parent (as we see in countless medieval depictions of the pelican that has wounded her breast in order to feed her chicks).
This change had the obvious effect of making people think the Holy Eucharist wasn???t so mysterious and holy after all. If you can just take it in your hand like ordinary food, it might as well be a potato chip distributed at a party.
The feeling of awe and reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament was systematically diminished and undermined through this modernist reintroduction of an ancient practice that had long since been discontinued by the Church in her pastoral…
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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney spelled out Trump???s 2020 economic message on Tuesday ??? suggesting voters would still be willing to support the President even if they don???t like him personally.
???You hate to sound like a clich??, but are you better off than you were four years ago? It???s pretty simple, right? It???s the economy, stupid. I think that???s easy. People will vote for somebody they don???t like if they think it???s good for them,??? Mulvaney said during a talk at the Milken conference in Los Angeles. [Italics added]
What’s more obvious than that?