Update 12 21 2012: See update below….
Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 12-19-2012 – by James – There have been rumblings for a long time that the National Catholic Register has bought into some aspects of our modern culture. Sadly, in a recent post on the National Catholic Register web-site, one of their writers posts an article that in effect mocks the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, prayer, faithful Catholic talks, and belief in orthodox Catholicism.
The writer of this article takes the ultra-left wing approach to Christianity that it is only those who give money to the poor who are real Catholics.
She ridicules a retreat being held by Fr. Zuhlsdorf and Michael Voris that will be focused on the Mass, prayer, Confession, and faithful spiritual conferences. She then goes on to list charities people should contribute to that clearly leaves the impression that spiritual things like the Mass, prayer, and Confession are not only secondary to “social justice” but “dopey” in her words.
This article that attacks spiritual practices appeared not in the National Catholic Reporter but in what is supposed to be a more faithful paper, the National Catholic Register. It is very disappointing to see that in the end there is not much difference between these two publications.
Mocking the spiritual life, Mass, prayer, and confession then crowning “social justice” as our new god is not what our Church and our world need now or ever.
This morning, December 21, 2012, a staff member of the ProLifeCorner sent a note to Michael Voris regarding the upcoming seaborne retreat. We are very grateful to Michael for taking the time out of his busy schedule to share with us some of his thoughts and plans for the retreat.
Thank you for your kind words and support.
We are very much looking forward to the retreat as are the nearly 100 people who have signed up in the past few weeks. So many are coming, in fact, that we have had to go line to the cruise line to ask for more rooms. We are putting together what we think will be a wonderful opportunity for meditation and reflection during the Year of Faith, with a concentration on The Blessed Mother, The Scriptures and The Sacraments, in addition to The Church in the Modern World.
We are also VERY excited that many many Catholics who up to this point, have not known each other, will have the chance to BE catholic with each other and develop what almost assuredly will become lasting friendships despite some great distances once they return home. We have people coming from Europe, Asia and Oceania, which is wonderful.
They are coming because they want their faith to be reinvigorated, and emboldened – to meet, in short, others in The Communion of Saints. The presence of priests on board for Mass, Confession, talks and private guidance is literally a God-send. And one additional consideration – our cruise organizers have said they only with rare exception due members of the crew ever get to attend Mass because of their very long work hours. So we are going to open up our Masse for them and try to also have additional Masses said for them, in case some of them cannot attend Mass during our regular schedule.
And you may be certain, that with 100+ solid Catholics on board, it wont be surprising, we hope, to see some perhaps wayward or lax Catholics, or others of good faith be invited to sit in on a conference or two. What added benefits of holding a retreat where other non-retreatant passengers can learn about the faith in the formal setting of a conference, or informally just talking with them casually over dinner.
Thank you again for the opportunity to share our excitement.