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Amidst all the gloom, the Church is still Beauty May 17, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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Amidst a fresh round of attacks on the Church over the weekend in that ever-reliable bastion of anti-Catholicism, the New York Times, some may grow discouraged at times and begin to feel that the Church is suffering under attacks from which it may not be able to recover.  That is not the case.  The present persecutions, while very noisy, can be taken as a sign of the Church’s massive strength and influence.  Those who hate the Church for its vision of Charity and Truth may score points on the Church from time to time, but they will never ‘win.’  God’s eternal Church, The Body of Christ, will always prevail.  Christ has so ordained it.

And so, amid all the attacks and constant negativism, amid attempts to visualize the Church as a giant corporation with the Pope as CEO, the better to open up vast new resources for exploitation by contingency fee (60%) plaintiff’s attorney’s, the Church goes on.  Something very beautiful occurred over the weekend at St. Patrick’s Oratory in Kansas City.  Several Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles made their solemn professions of vows.  Kansas City Catholic has many photos from the event.   Their community, residing at the Priory of Ephesus, is a growing, orthodox order of cloistered Benedictines, who, it so happens, also have recorded some gorgeous music.   Their Christmas at Ephesus CD is just fantastic. 

It was a very orthodox event.  Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, MO, celebrated the Mass, and there were birettas and cassocks abounding, which makes my heart glow 🙂

 
But what really makes my heart glow is the sight of young women giving themselves totally to Christ.  There is something in a nun, something hard to put into words, that just exudes their dedication and love of Christ.  When I am around nuns, cloistered nuns, I feel at peace.   That was one of the best things about being at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL – the peace and serenity of the nuns and the whole place.  It is such a welcome respite from our increasingly hectic, fractured world.

These women are Christ’s new brides, betrothed to him forever. 

Those who hate the Church can flail and beat themselves to the point of breathless exhaustion against the wall of Faith, but the Church will go on as it always has.  They will wonder how anyone can still be a Catholic after their well orchestrated efforts to show the Church as they see it – a corrupt, sinful, deceitful institution.  Their attacks reveal who and what they are.  They don’t reveal what the Church is – they can’t even comprehend it.  These wonderful women do. 

Pray God that we may see similar such events at our own local monastic communities. 

As an aside for traddies like me, notice the Extraordinary Form Mass  and white gloves on Bishop Finn.  I have a great deal of respect for Bishop Finn.  10 postulants making final vows!  What a grace!

Thanks to Kansas City Catholic for the pictures.  Go and see many more there.

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