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Issue 008: Pentecost, Pride, and Grandma's Lace
Newsletter: On the Month of June, the Season after Pentecost, and Some Papal Comments on Liturgical Dress.
Happy Season After Pentecost, Readers!
This week’s issue is loaded with a number of articles dealing with things happening in the world and Church today. This week we have:
Two reflections on Pentecost and the season after Pentecost in the life of the Church.
Pope Francis’s recent comments on “Grandma’s Lace,” and a defense of beautiful traditional garments in the liturgy and life of the Church.
James Martin being wrong (again) about the need to hate the sin and love the sinner
How the Pride agenda is openly targeting children.
Read on for more.
Pentecost: The Ultimate Gift:
Pentecost Sunday heralds a new and wonderful season in the life and liturgy of the Church, recalling the gift of the Holy Ghost to the first Apostles and to the Church. The Holy Ghost is both a living well of inspiration inhabiting the corners of our mind, as well as the presence of God Himself living in our consciences. But with that gift comes responsibility. Read more here.
Ordinary Time Isn’t Ordinary:
The Season After Pentecost: The modern Church knows the season after Pentecost as “Ordinary Time.” Named after the ordinal numbers, the name makes the season seem bland, boring, and uninteresting. But that season, numbered as “Sundays after Pentecost” in the old rite, is anything but bland and boring. Rather, it is tied closely to Pentecost Sunday, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the duty of all Christians. Read how Ordinary Time isn’t Ordinary here.
A Non-Heterical Article on the Trinity:
Trinity Sunday is sometimes known as “accidental heresy Sunday” because of how hard the Trinity is to talk about. Yet, it is one of the great mysteries of our faith. See how the editors do in our discussion of the Most Holy Trinity, here.
Social Issues Today
They Really Are Coming for Your Children: Be Ready:
While Catholics are celebrating the month of the Sacred Heart, the secular world will be celebrating Pride month. This is well-known and no longer surprising, albeit saddening. There is, however, one especially troubling respect in which the left and pride supporters are becoming more and more aggressive: the increasing targeting of children. Read more here.
James Martin is Wrong (Again): We Should Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner:
Speaking of Pride month, James Martin, the celebrity Jesuit is at it again. In a recent article, he denies that it is possible to hate the sin and love the sinner in regards to persons with same-sex attraction. It quickly becomes clear that this is because he does not consider their actions as sinful at all. If we love them, he argues, we must approve their actions. Read about the answer to his error here.
And a Question of Fashion…
Pope Francis on “Grandma’s Lace”:
Tradition vs. Nostagia: Catholics who love the Church’s Tradition are sometime accused of mere “nostalgia.” Pope Francis himself recently seemed to question the use of beautiful liturgical garments at mass. Yet love for Tradition and beauty in the life of the Church is not mere nostalgia, but a deep clinging to the font of life, Christ. Hence, our liturgical garments should both be beautful and represent the purpose they serve. Read more here.