Thursday, September 06, 2007

Moving to Piqua

No, not really, but Fr. Fox certainly does make the prospect intriguing. (Note: I'm not complaining about my pastor one bit but only reflecting on Fr. Fox's excellent work, so don't get any ideas.) He celebrated the first Mass in Latin in, from his estimation, somewhere between 30 to 40 years in Piqua. Father's reflections are here, and his homily is here.

Personally, I think this homily should be formatted and handed around to just about every Catholic out there - it is down-to-earth without being simple-minded and there is that hint of glee at the wonder of being Catholic that will be the key to sparking the renewal in the Church so desired. If ever we wish to see a return to all the sacraments and an increase in devotions it will necessarily come as a fruit of the great positive and genuine joy shining out from within Catholics, a joy that comes from the fullness of life and love Christ has given us through his Church. Latin alone won't change the world, but it is an invaluable tool to help tie us back to the history of our Church, a line that flows back, unbroken, through ages and people and finds its roots in the Apostles and the One who called them, who calls us, to life.