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To: Maximilian
You can't appreciate the Novus Ordo Mass properly until you can look at it with fresh eyes after having been away for some months. Then all the things that you had somehow learned to tolerate when you still attended appear as truly intolerable as they really are.

You've said it all! I honestly -- and I am not just trying to rag on the N.O. -- felt that I was attending at a different religion. I went to a wedding in a protestant church a few years ago. It felt the same way strange. A previous poster commented that Lent was not the time to criticize other Catholics for going to N.O. I disagree. Now more than ever we must pray to our Lord for a restoration of the Catholic Faith and the Catholic Mass. I think all the ills in the world would begin to turn around if this happened. Sounds naive, but I am convinced.

36 posted on 03/05/2003 1:09:30 PM PST by Zviadist
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To: Zviadist
Or did you already forget what the Gospel for today said?

Gospel
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

"When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you."

39 posted on 03/05/2003 4:38:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Zviadist; Maximilian; ultima ratio
You've said it all! I honestly -- and I am not just trying to rag on the N.O. -- felt that I was attending at a different religion.

I can't disagree with you.


40 posted on 03/05/2003 4:51:48 PM PST by Land of the Irish
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