Catholic Living

From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, Lord, deliver us!
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
There's no rule that says the priest must give a homily at a weekday mass. The only rule on homilies during the week is that if a holy day of obligation falls during the week there must be a homily. Also there is no rule that says an altar server cannot lector at a daily mass. I know the post and gifs are meant to be funny but the text should be accurate so that others might not get the wrong idea, and then go off calling something "Liturgical Abuse" when it really isn't.
catholicliving catholicliving Said:

I never said it was liturgical abuse. If it was, I wouldn’t go to that church. And the text is accurate… I don’t know why you think it wasn’t. I realize there’s nothing wrong with priests not doing homilies. It’s unusual, but it’s not unheard of. And the server lectoring was weird, because as a someone who’s done both positions, my parish always said that we were only allowed to do one job per Mass. (Lectors couldn’t EMHC; etc.)

Believe me, if I’d gone to a Mass in my diocese that was abusing the Liturgy, I wouldn’t be making light-hearted fun about it.

I was simply commenting on the unusual things about All Saints’ parish and daily Mass routine. Nothing else.

(as told through .gifs)

When the Church is built in a modern style with an elevated ambo on one side of the altar and the tabernacle on the other…

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When the priest doesn’t start confession with the Sign of the Cross…

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When the priest has one of the servers lector for the daily Mass…

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When the priest doesn’t give a homily, but goes straight into the petitions…

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When the priest flies through the Eucharistic Prayer so that it’s only like four minutes between the Consecration and Communion…

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When the Mass only takes 18 minutes total…

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When people in the Adoration Chapel are making small talk…

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But it’s the closest, most convenient place to go to daily Mass after work… so…

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is it wrong/disrespectful for non Catholics to pray the rosary?
catholicliving catholicliving Said:

If they’re doing it right, ABSOLUTELY NOT! The more, the merrier!! But, again, as long as they’re doing it respectfully. Also, note, (both Catholics and non-Catholics alike), rosaries are not jewelry. As “cool” as it might look to wear one around your neck, it is not jewelry. It is a device used to help you pray.

But, to any non-Catholics who are praying the rosary, congrats! I hope you realize it is simply a tool for / way of meditating on Christ’s life through the eyes of His (and our) Blessed Mother.

Cheers and God Bless, anon! ~CL

catholicliving:

Pick one saint you’d want to fight alongside you in a zombie apocalypse. (Jesus and Mary don’t count.) Reblog with your answer.

Six out of the first 13 responded with St. Joan of Arc. I must say:

You have learned well, young followers.

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Pick one saint you’d want to fight alongside you in a zombie apocalypse. (Jesus and Mary don’t count.) Reblog with your answer.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I've seen Catholics here on tumblr defending that Jesus would be in favor of the death penalty and torture, I was astonished! I don't care if this makes me one of those "cafeteria, liberal catholics", but you cannot say you follow Jesus and believe in the death penalty, you just can't. Sorry, not sorry.
catholicliving catholicliving Said:

Nope. Totally agree with you. With all the recent atrocities around the world, you’d think people would be more willing to see the sacredness of all life. But it’s hard when the lives you are holding as ‘sacred’ are people who have abused and taken lives themselves.

Not disagreeing with you at all. As I said in the OP, it’s one thing to be FOR the death penalty; it’s another to think that our current death penalty system is too strict and humane. Like I guess my family thinks we should just be hanging and shooting criminals by the dozens. Sounds a lot like Nazi massacres to me. Hasn’t anyone seen The Pianist? That stuff is messed up.

And, believing that we should abolish the death penalty is NOT against Catholic teaching. If anything, the Church is on your side. At least JP2 and the US Catholic bishops are.

EVERYONE READ THIS! THE CHURCH OPPOSES THE DEATH PENALTY!

(I think I remember reading/learning somewhere that JP2 opposed the death penalty under normal circumstances. The only time it might be necessary is when the criminal poses a threat to the safety and well being of his/her fellow prisoners / prison staffers. Although, in most cases, those people can be put in solitary confinement; so, there’s no need to kill them.)

Christianity is not about doing good deeds. It is about CHOOSING to do good deeds for others out of Love, and choosing to do them with a joyful smile on your face. Just like Christ did. That’s what Christianity is about.

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catholicliving:

And I’m like…

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I honestly thought my family was the only one who did this. Like, okay, heathens. 

You have no idea. They started saying, “What’s wrong with a good ol’ rope? Or maybe the guillotine? … Hey, firing squads! Wouldn’t that be nice?! None of this humane injection stuff. Electric chair, decapitation, anything but humane stuff!”

I’m just sitting there like, ARE YOU PEOPLE EVEN CHRISTIAN?? I MIGHT WANT TO REVOKE YOUR CATHOLIC STATUS RIGHT NOW!! It’s one thing to be pro-death penalty; it’s another to think ‘humane’ forms are too good for your fellow human beings. Better use as many horrific and archaic types of capital punishment as we can think of!!!”

If you want to learn any more about the messed-up-ness of capital punishment / the death penalty: watch this clip from John Oliver’s show. (Warning, some bad language.)

TL;DR — my family is basically Nero.