Sacred and Great

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Go to Father Tim Finigan's Hermeneutic of Continuity to download and read Sacred and Great, the splendid paper he wrote to help his parishioners enter into the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in the light of the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and of Summorum Pontificum.

Take note of Father's wise conclusion:

One day we will agree on the Liturgy. That will be the day when we are fully, consciously and actively participating in the heavenly liturgy described by St John in the Apocalyse. Before then, we will probably all have to spend some time in purgatory where St Justin, St Gregory and St Pius X will patiently explain to our acute embarrassment where we were wrong. In the meantime, let us unite under the inspiring leadership of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict who, like the scribe trained for the Kingdom of Heaven, brings out of his store what is old and what is new.

And be sure to read the whole paper! Thank you, Father Tim. Brilliant.


Deo gratias that more people other than those in in the UK will see this, now it's on 'Vultus Christi' He is an example of the struggle many priests are having as they strive to be loyal and obedient to the Holy Father and to their bishops. Time was when there would have been no opposition between these loyalties. Time now, when many priests know in their hearts that they cannot profess this dual obedience and loyalty. This constitutes a torment for His Holiness, his loyal priests and the laity who follow them in faith, hope and love.

Besides the problems being experienced by Fr. Tim and others at parish level, there have been other events in the Church in England and Wales over the last 24 hours, which underline the gravity of dissent at a high level.

I am incapable or saying more, except the most important thing: Pray to the Heart of Jesus, commend to His unfathomable love and mercy , His Church, His 'Rock' on which He founded it, and the priests who are His. Pray for those who have strayed from Him and who feel emnity towards our Holy Father.

My Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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