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Catholic Family Movies For April

My mom has posted the latest monthly movie guide for Catholic night at the movies. Watch something meaningful next month!


  1. I certainly agree that in order to establish more fully(well, unfortunately almost at all) true love of God must be cultivated. True charity and a burning desire to serve Him are so needed in our world. Educating others about the faith and inculcating a true love for it and its practices, whence spring a true love for God is also necessary. I do believe, however that the faith has been so mutated in the last fifty years that it is quite difficult to find the material. It seems as though the Society of Saint Pius V has preserved it the best, along with the liturgy and teachings. WFTS radio is a true blessing! What a treasure of information, with priests who brook none of this “wacky stuff” that is so insulting to Our Blessed Savior. I thank God everyday for this blessing and I would that all had accesss to it. May Our Lord be loved and praised more and more everyday by more and more souls!

  2. John Garrett Everett

    While I agree that we should offer the best we can in our worship, it is important to realize that the English language is not, de facto, a profane or inappropriate mode of expression. It can be done well. There was a time when it was held that Greek, Latin, and Hebrew were the only languages fit for worship, as though God were especially pleased with the civilizations and cultures associated with those languages, and did not wish to hear from us barbarian rabble. I won’t waste a lot of time pointing out that this is very anti-incarnational thinking. (Think about it.)

    The worship and art disparaged as ‘mediocre’ by the author may well be the absolute best of which the worshipers were capable. I really believe that, as cantor, I offer MY best in worship. My inability to perform Bach up to the author’s standards does not make my worship less acceptable to God.

    The liturgy is, literally, the ‘work of the people’. Paying some liturgical mercenary to stand in for me results in a performance with specators rather than worship on my part.

  3. I can’t judge what is in everyone’s heart, but I do know what’s in mine. I know that when I play trumpet at mass, I have squeezed in as much practice as humanly possibly, and I play to the very best of my God-given ability, with total reverence and love. Yet I still miss some notes, and so does the guy who plays beside me. Certainly someone could complain that the church didn’t hire professional musicians, and our sour notes are not worthy of the Lord.

    But really, nothing we can muster is worthy of the Lord. Is God displeased by my sincere effort and dedication because I fall short of Perfection?

    Likewise, I must assume that when bishops, priests and parishioners come together to build new churches, their hearts are not full of avarice, trying to build with as little money as possible. Nor are they ignorant of absolute beauty, preferring ugly architectures to magnificent ones. Rather, they build the most beautiful churches that they can get funded, even over-extending themselves through multi-million dollar loans that take decades to pay off. It is a difficult task and they do it only with great love for the Lord.

    If there is a problem at all, it is that most parishioners do not tithe (give 10% of their gross income). My estimate is that the average donation is only about 4%, not 10%. If everyone did tithe, the Church would have money to build more extravagant buildings, hire professional musicians, produce higher quality text books, etc.

    In my experience, people fail to tithe not out of ignorance of absolute truth and beauty, nor from a lack of love for God. Rather, they fail to tithe out of ignorance of God’s promise to care for us through our tithing (Mal 3:8-10). Materialism has been an increasingly difficult trap to overcome since the scourge of communism foretold by the Blessed Mother to the children at Fatima a century ago.

    While classical education can only help, I doubt it will help much. It is more fruitful to teach by example. If we ourselves offer a complete tithe, perhaps it will seem less impossible to those around us. If we ourselves offer up in love all that we have — even imperfect trumpet talent — then perhaps a greater love for the Lord will be inspired in those around us. Mostly, we should seek perfection not in our own efforts but rather pray for perfection from the One who is Perfect.

  4. Greg,

    I see what you’re saying, but I’d argue that if the things that Ian described were to change for the better, people would tithe more. I really don’t think that people will tithe until they have a real, tangible reason to. If a deeper sense of community is all that is offered by a parish, why should people give more of themselves?

  5. @Greg – Concrete boxes and empty theater spaces are what people have been convinced are the best they should build for God by “professional” liturgists who have an agenda that doesn’t coincide with Catholic teaching. Attend a lecture by master church wrecker Dick (don’t call me Father) Vosko and you will hear plenty of warped history and theology used to back up his views. You will also find that the people who sincerely believe that the church that is indistinguishable from a public library on the outside have little or no grasp of the history of Church architecture, liturgical theology or beauty as an absolute principle.

    @John – I am not calling for perfection. I am suggesting that just because someone offers to sing in the choir or be a lector and will give his best, that best may not be good enough for the job. The “liturgical mercenaries” you talk about at our parish are Catholics who love the Mass and good music and several sang in the choir as volunteers before the parish decided to pay them.

    Bach is not required to make liturgy good but the mediocre stuff that passes for sacred music these days doesn’t have a place in the liturgy. You also seem to think that if everyone isn’t singing that the liturgy turns into a spectator sport. You need to do some reading on “actual participation” as put forward by our current pope. Listening can be just as much participation as singing. Otherwise, listening to the readings wouldn’t be good, we would all have to read them aloud together.

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