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Musings 2002/172

Fortunately, modernists and their blind followers were not the only inhabitants of the twentieth century.
No, all of the Catholic Popes occupied places and each and every one portrayed true humility and obedience, particularly our own, that super-Pope John Paul II.
Mother Teresa, Max. Kolbe and many, many more proclaimed and proved the greatness of humility and obedience. Indeed, the number of saints that the twentieth century produced exceeds any other century, ever. I would not be surprised in the least, if

the twentieth century produced more saints
then all other centuries put together,
since the time of Jesus Himself.

So many, in fact, that that century - given over to the devil - survived his onslaught and

The Universal Church came through
with flying colours,
stronger, more humble;
with greater insight to Truth
to share with us, Her children;
well prepared, as a result,
to become the light of the world.

For so says the twentieth century Vatican Two in its DECREE ON THE MISSION ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH  -     Ad Gentes -  Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI On December 7, 1965
P PREFACE   1. Divinely sent to the nations of the world to be unto them "a   universal sacrament of salvation," [1] the Church, driven by the inner   necessity of her own catholicity, and obeying the mandate of her Founder  (cf. Mark 16:16), strives ever to proclaim the Gospel to all men. The   Apostles themselves, on whom the Church was founded, following in the  footsteps of Christ, "preached the word of truth and begot churches." [2]   It is the duty of their successors to make this task endure "so that the word of God may run and be glorified" (2 Thess. 3 :1) and the kingdom of God be proclaimed and established throughout the world.

In the present state of affairs,
out of which there is arising
a new situation for mankind,
the Church,
being the salt of the earth
and the light of the world (cf. Matt. 5:13-14),
is more urgently called upon
to save and renew every creature,
that all things may be restored in Christ
and all men may constitute one family in Him and one people of God. P

Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains part of The Church's requirement for all Catholics.
While many, and some in authority, no longer agree that Sunday Mass is a most grave obligation, they are wrong.
Super-Pope, John Paul II, makes this loud and clear in his On Keeping the Lord's Day Holy published July 7, 1998.
The whole document, almost every word of it, explains the necessity of Sunday Mass - that it always was necessary and that it always will be. I quote some selected text from the super-Pope's encyclical, as follows.
P (37) Given its many meanings and aspects, and its link to the very foundations of the faith, the celebration of the Christian Sunday remains, on the threshold of the Third Millennium,
an indispensable element of our Christian identity.
46. Since the Eucharist is the very heart of Sunday, it is clear why, from the earliest centuries, the Pastors of the Church have not ceased to remind the faithful of  the need to take part in the liturgical assembly. 
The Sunday obligation
'Leave everything on the Lord's Day ', urges the third century text known as the Didascalia,' and run diligently to your assembly, because it is your praise of God.

Otherwise, what excuse will they make to God,
those who do not come together
on the Lord's Day
to hear the word of life
and feed on the divine nourishment
which lasts forever? '.(75)

47. .... This was the case of the martyrs of Abitina, in Proconsular Africa, who replied to their accusers: 

'Without fear of any kind
we have celebrated the Lord's Supper,
because it cannot be missed; that is our law ';

'We cannot live without the Lord's Supper '. As she confessed her faith, one of the martyrs said:  'Yes, I went to the assembly and I celebrated the Lord's Supper with my brothers and sisters, because I am a Christian '.(77)
47. Even if in the earliest times it was not judged necessary to be prescriptive,

the Church has not ceased
to confirm this obligation of conscience,

which rises from the inner need felt so strongly by the Christians of the first centuries. It was only later, faced with the half-heartedness or negligence of some,

that the Church had to make explicit
the duty to attend Sunday Mass:

more often than not, this was done in the form of exhortation, but at times the Church had to resort to specific canonical precepts. P
I suppose that is clear enough for anybody, but in case some left-over-modernist remains blind enough to think otherwise and claims he stands by 'the spirit of Vatican Two', he then makes a second error, for Vatican Two, of course, confirmed the great doctrines of The Church, including the necessity of attending Sunday Mass.
P 106. By a tradition handed down from the apostles, which took its origin from the very day of Christ's resurrection, the Church celebrates the paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord's Day or

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