Last Night, a Beautiful, Edifying Response to the Atrocities in Oklahoma City August 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Our Lady, paganism, scandals, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
For a variety of reasons, I did not feel comfortable reporting, in advance, on the desecration (for the 2nd year in a row) of a statue of Our Blessed Lady by satanists in Oklahoma City. I had covered the satanic antics extensively in the past, I have had little time to write of late, and I just didn’t feel very motivated to do so. I also feel that the publicity they are receiving is probably a significant factor in their ongoing self-immolation of their souls through deliberately offensive behavior. I did not desire to give them more of what they wanted.
If I had covered the matter, it would have been to once again show up the Oklahoma City government’s seeming complicity in these acts, through rental of public facilities for black Masses and the provision of police protection for deliberate religious atrocities. I have felt since this series of events began that OKC’s excuse, that they simply HAD to let these satanists run wild, or else be sued by liberals in the ACLU or other places for supposed violations of the separation of Church and state, to be pretty weak tea. It became even more weak when it was revealed that New Jersey has had a law against the desecration of religious objects on the books for decades, and that a man was charged for violating that law when a muslim destroyed a statue of Our Lady earlier this month. Apparently, officials there aren’t as scarified of the all-conquering liberal interpretation of the 1st Amendment as some in OKC are. I still maintain, the often rabidly anti-Catholic attitudes of the dominant OKC evangelical protestant population were ultimately behind the city’s tacit acceptance of, if not open connivance in, these atrocities. I think the evidence continues to bear that out more and more.
I was going to let all this pass, until I saw the beautiful response of local Catholics last night. There was a Mass of Reparation for the sins against Our Lady (and Lord) at the local TLM parish, which, of course, also was the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption. Attendance was huge, greater than 450 for a single Mass by my reckoning, even though the bishops of the United States, judging it an intolerable burden for anyone to ever have to attend Mass two days in a row, had, of course, made this Monday feast not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.
Not only that, but hundreds came early and stayed late for the Rosaries before and after. These were also offered in reparation to Our Immaculate Mother for the offenses against her by poor, pathetic, lost souls. It was such a large crowd that yours truly stood for the 2+hours of the evening’s proceedings, but with a very glad heart.
I did not take any photos or videos, though I did record the sermon, a strong study of the history of this Feast and allied Marian beliefs, and Our Lady’s unique role in the economy of salvation. Unfortunately, some fussy kids were between the speaker and my phone, and so the audio did not come out very well. I am certain many photos will be published soon, however.
At any rate, it was an inspiring night, to see so many people come out, when they didn’t “have to,” in the sense of it being binding on conscience, to do conduct a mass, pious response to an event (the desecration) that should cause all people of good will, not just Catholics, to shudder. Of course we know the circle of good will seems ever-decreasing in this day and age, where more and more people hold absurdly reductive views of what it means to be a good, moral person: “Well, I may watch porn, abuse myself, get drunk, cheat on my wife a bit, contracept, steal some from my company, and ignore my children, but I’m basically a good person. I mean, it’s not like I’ve killed anyone.” Yet the line from “tolerance” (really, indifference) of desecration of holy objects in public, to tolerating all manner of sin short of murder, as somehow morally indifferent, is a very short one. It started 500 years ago in Germany, and has run in a straight line to the world we see around us today.
But you knew that already. Choir, consider yourself preached to.