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Musings 2005/194

with him in his house: and bemoaned him, and comforted him upon all the evil that God had brought upon him. And every man gave him one ewe, and one earring of gold.
And the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. And he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13  And he had seven sons, and three daughters.
14  And he called the name of one Dies, and the name of the second Cassia, and the name of the third Cornustibii.
15  And there were not found in all the earth women so beautiful as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16  And Job lived after these things, a hundred and forty years, and he saw his children, and his children's children, unto the fourth generation,
17  (42-16) and he died an old man, and full of days.
It seems to me that, now that
the enemy has absolutely failed in his intended destruction of The Church, that the possessions of The Church, Her glory and her children, like Job, will be multiplied. Surely we will find that the Lord blessed the latter end of The Church more than Her beginning.
East Timor
Last Sunday's 'homily' was given by a lay person, a woman who was chasing donations for East Timor.
If someone came up to me and said
I defy your Church in secret and in the open. I intend to change your Church into a social justice system for the good of the world. Can you give me money to do this, please? I would have to tell the person No.
I have to admit I would also be angry and insulted and would have to forcibly restrain myself from adding some choice words after the
So when this woman stepped in, in place of the Priest for her 'homily', I was not happy.
What disappointment - when we had a good Priest who can be expected to deliver a beautiful sermon!!
You'd think I would be used to this by now - this defiance of Church regulations and guidelines for the most Holy Sacrifice of The Mass where the Priest ONLY is to give the homily (or a Deacon) - it is so common in these parts in this respect - and in every other respect.
So, having these awful experiences of defiance over many years, I was surprised with myself for, as the woman proceeded (with some eloquence and clarity, I must say) my annoyance likewise proceeded to higher levels.
Usually I can turn-off and say a prayer or two. Not so this time, unfortunately.
The lady flatly stated that
The Church, in spite of what some Catholics think, is different in various parts of the world. While she gave surface differences to prove her point, such as clapping the Priest after his sermon in one place and using bells in another, one was left with the general impression that The Church was different in essentials from one place to another.
I finally realised why my annoyance continued when the woman reminded us that East Timor was 95% Catholic and that the love of neighbour there was something magnificent. It then clicked in the old brain that that was why I was annoyed:- The Church was thriving in East Timor but here was a woman

chasing money for what?

That was the crucial question. At first impression one might think that the woman was there to ensure The Church in East Timor maintained its Catholicity by helping the people to obtain basic facilities for a happy and comfortable life. To help the people build homes they have lost, to gain employment, to obtain help in overcoming their innumerable grievances, so that their Catholic Faith, so strong and vibrant, might be preserved as the tiny state of East Timor became self sufficient and joined the western world of democracies.
So, was she there to preserve the true-Catholicism of the people of East Timor?
I felt from the first instant when the woman stepped forward with every confidence to take over the podium, that
here was a post-modernist.
And if she was a post-modernist then she will be obtaining funds NOT to maintain the beautiful Catholicity she found there but to implant the modernist apostasy, instead.
That was bad enough, but to come to me and my fellow real-Catholics asking for money to promote the apostasy, added injury to injury
It even occurred to me that the people of East Timor might have been better off in their oppressive days of the past, then to finally find the freedom they sought only to have an influx of people and money who sought to have their Faith snatched from them.
And what happens when the woman concludes her homily?
The audience clapped.
And I noticed that some people clapped with particular enthusiasm especially one old man who actually started the clapping.
I groaned inwardly. That old man had a few years on me and so probably had an excellent Catholic upbringing as I did. But here he was (a stranger to me) showing his lack of Faith, his pitiful religious intellect and his unthinking embrace of anti-Catholic behaviour with his loud, extended clapping of a lay person who unlawfully took the place of the Priest for the homily.
Aren't we supposed to become wise when we grow old?
I though to myself that there is no more foolish a person then an old foolish person.
There's not fool like an old fool, as the saying goes.
On reviewing the whole sad incident, it has occurred to me that I might counter this woman's intentions by giving a donation to some organisation that will help to preserve the real-Catholicism of that little nation.
Aid to The Church in Need came to mind. I e-mailed this excellent Catholic organisation and received this reply:-

Thank you for your e-mail.

Yes we do support projects in East Timor that are approved by the local bishops. The aid we give is in the form of Mass Offerings, Church construction, catechetical materials i.e. Child's Bible and new testament, transportation and assistance for the training of seminarians.
In Australia you may make a direct donation to this great Catholic charity:-

NAME OF THE ACCOUNT: Aid to the Church in Need
BSB NO OF BANK: 012 287

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