Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How things change!

It's been almost three years since I started this blog, and in the two and a half years since I posted a web counter, we have had more than 126,000 visitors to this site from over 165 countries.

The early focus of this blog was on my desire to attend the Latin Mass, and the frustrations of all the liturgical abuses and modernism of the Novus Ordo Mass. Many of my earlier posts reflect this. Most I have left up, but some I have taken down. Now that I have been going to the Latin Mass for two years, I find my focus has changed more towards the traditions of the Church, like showcasing the sacred religious art of centuries past, much of which you can find here. Likewise, the Blessed Virgin spotlights many of my blog entries, as the case should be with the name of Salve Regina.

I find when I visit other blogs where the author is decrying the liturgical abuses they are exposed to, that it seems like a distant memory to me of all I have left behind. After two years of High Masses and great sermons, unlimited availability to the confessional, and the best spiritual advice of my life, I have to sometimes remind myself that there are still places where tradition is stifled. The Latin Mass is a sacred shelter from all that; a refuge that provides much spiritual comfort while dispensing the grace to grow in awareness and understanding of the Catholic faith. It is a blessing to have access to such a sacred, reverent and holy Mass.


Owen said...

I got an email today about a Filippino "mystic&visionary" who will be speaking following a mass somewhere in the city and my hackles go up and I think, dear God, just give us a passion for the Mass and the Magesterium and surely we would be well cared for.

paramedicgirl said...

That about sums it up, Owen. When we care for the Church, the Church will care for us.

Marilena said...

one simple word to your post about the TLM: Amen. i agree.

Harried Potter said...

hi paramedic girl,

how do you follow the mass in latin? did u learn latin in school?

are the readings and homily in latin too?

i'm from india and i've never seen a latin mass in my whole life. i've heard about it when i was younger, from my late father and uncles. they only knew the response in latin, but never knew the meanings.
all our masses are now in english or in the local languages.

Anonymous said...

I'm a new Catholic and the only Mass I know is the TLM. It's hard to imagine giving up my former beliefs for anything else. The Latin Mass keeps the sacraments of the church front and center (no pun intended:). If I truly believe in the real presence, then I want to go to confession, I want to genuflect,I want to fast, go to adoration, etc. it all seems like such a natural response to Him.

+JMJ+ said...

Amen and well said!

How could the Holy Sacrifice that all the saints, up until the last 40 years, participated in be anything short of SPECTACULAR and BEAUTY personified!