(Photo from Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. - God’s Excessive Love)
" “We don’t study just for the sake of knowledge. We study because we desire to know the truth. And the truth is a person. The Truth is God.” -St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - Above All Do Not Close Our Church Doors




[One is left to ponder how different our Church would be today had we listened to the Holy Pontiff. It is not too late to open the doors and encourage us to visit He Who Is Love.]


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"Above all, do not allow - as some do, who are deceived under the pretext of restoring the liturgy or who idly claim that only liturgical rites are of any real value and dignity - that churches be closed during the hours not appointed for public functions, as has already happened in some places: where the adoration of the august Sacrament and visits to our Lord in the tabernacles are neglected; where confession of devotion is discouraged; and devotion to the Virgin Mother of God, a sign of 'predestination' according to the opinion of holy men, is so neglected, especially among the young, as to fade away and gradually vanish. Such conduct most harmful to Christian piety is like poisonous fruit, growing on the infected branches of a healthy tree, which must be cut off so that the life-giving sap of the tree may bring forth only the best fruit."
(Pope Pius XII - "Mediator Dei" 1947)

1 comment:

  1. The poison of modernism was already showing itself more blatantly when this Pope wrote these words. I was so shocked to be met with what he cautioned against in the 1990s. Thank God the pendulum is swinging, however slowly, in the other direction. I love Pius XII!

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