Anthony Gonzales

As  the Modernist revolution continues to take its toll on every facet of Roman Catholic life and its institutions one of the most  visible results is the "desacralization" or lack of reverence within the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our  act  of worship has become so secular and worldly that the common person in the pew has lost all sense of  piety and respect  for the very house of   God.  It  has become more like  a meeting hall than a place to adore God.


I can remember that, when I was young, going into a Catholic church created  such  an overpowering sense of reverence and  awe in me that even now  I  can  hardly  express  it   in words.  This was the very house of God, and Jesus dwelt there both spiritually and physically in the Blessed Sacrament.  The  very  atmosphere within  the  church lent itself  to a sacred silence that permeated everything. To speak loudly or of anything mundane was beyond comprehension.  This was a place where God dwelt and our attitude corresponded accordingly.  Now one could argue that  this  attitude was one created by  the  knowledge  I  had  of  these sacred  realities, but  in actual fact I found that  it  was  not  only  Catholics  who  had  this  feeling but anyone who walked  into  a Catholic church.  I remember bringing  my Protestant  friends to my parish church when I was a boy and they would always describe the same feeling;  the  same awed sense of silence.  They often said they felt a Presence which they couldn't describe.  How wonderful those days were in my youth when God was God and men were men and we knew the difference.


Recently,  I've  noticed  something  that has been happening with greater frequency. Before and after Mass people are speaking to each other without any regard to their being in the House of God.  Again this "meeting  hall  mentality" has  permeated  everything within the Church. And why not?  The  Modernists  have siezed  positions  of power within the Church in  order  to  do exactly what they have accomplished.  By  making the Mass as worldly, common and banal as the rest of secular society they have effectively removed God from our act of worship and the  end  result  is  that  we  are really only worshipping ourselves.  Since the transcendant  God  has  been removed,  if  not  by words then by action, why not speak and act like you're in a meeting hall?


Now here is the reality.  Despite what the Modernists have done to desacralize our religion,  in truth God is still God and our local parish is still, in most cases, the House of God.  Jesus is still present in the Tabernacle as the Blessed Sacrament and unless the Modernists have completed their agenda in your parish He is still within the church  and  hasn't  yet  been  relegated to some secluded spot outside the main building.  Since, for the  most  part, the  Catholic  parishes   in the  United States are still Catholic and Jesus is really present in them,  it is up to us as individuals  to  create  our  own  sense  of  reverence  and piety.  We must teach others  to  do  the  same  if  not  by our words at least by our example.  We must teach  our  children  to have a proper sense of respect and reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament   and for the very House of God.


I  will  never  forget  when I was  about  20 years  old  I went to daily Mass at  a  church  in  southern  California.  One day three boys  around   9, 10  and 12 years of age came into the church. They went a few pews  just ahead of me.  Before they entered the pew each one made a full  genuflection and reverently made the sign of the cross.  Not  too  slowly  and not  too quickly but  with reverence and respect.  They demonstrated that they really knew where they were and Whose presence they were in.  Their  act so impressed me that I have always  been keenly aware of how I genuflect ever since.


Keep  a  sense  of  silence and an attitude of prayerful reflection when you enter any Catholic church.  If  you  find  that  others  are talking and  making  it  impossible for  you  to maintain this  sense of prayer then charitably and respectfully let  them  know  that you are trying to pray and ask if they could they possibly take their  conversation  outside.  I  am sure that  if  they are reminded of where they  are your simple request will  not be resented but appreciated in the long run.  We have the right to pray peacefully in the House of God. It was made for this purpose and not for the purpose of blah,blah, blah.


When  Jesus went  to  Jerusalem  and  saw the money changers  in the temple making a mockery of  His  Father's  house  He  took   some rope, made a whip, and began to beat  them, driving them out of His temple.  In His anger He proclaimed, "It  is written, 'My House  shall  be called a house of prayer!' but you have made it  a  den  of  thieves."  It  seems to me if He came into most parishes these days after a Sunday Mass, He might again drive everyone out  of the church; only this time He would say "My House shall be called a house of prayer but you have made it a house of babel!"  Only we, dear reader, can change these things but in order to do so it must first start within us.