May Confusion Be With You

The Eponymous Flower has an interesting post about the “Star Wars Mass”, another pathetic attempt to interest children in the Truth by confusing them, and making it more probable they won't take the Church seriously when they grow up.

Already the use of comparisons that goes beyond, perhaps, a passing reference used to explain the difference (so that the young boys and girls do not end up believing the “Force” is the Holy Ghost) would be too much; but the use of a toy light sabre at Mass isn't funny anymore.

Children need to be told from the start that what is taught to them is by far the most important thing in their lives, and the way they learn and apply what they are taught will decide of their eternal happiness or damnation. This is no matter for jokes, or toys; not at Catechism, much less at Mass.

Dumbing down the Truth for children will cause many of these children to see Catholicism as a dumb child's play when they grow up, and already the turmoil of adolescence will take care for the light sabre & Co. to be dismissed as child's fable. How great the risk is that the child of Truth is thrown away with the dirty water of such stupid exercises, everyone can see.

I was perhaps five years old (perhaps four) when my grandmother (I had two grandmothers: the military Fascist and the soft Fascist; this was the military one) brought me in front of a crucifix, made me kneel, and told me in the sweetest voice she could muster words to the effect that I must pray Jesus to forgive me for my sins, or I will go to hell forever.

I was very, very young, and was rather terrified at the news. I started to cry, which attracted the attention of my mother, and some words ensued. I now realise my grandmother's initiative was due to her fear I would not receive sufficient instruction in the years to come; a fear which was in part unfounded but with some truth in it. She therefore probably thought she must do what she can, when she can.

I heartily agree with you it was probably too much, too abrupt, and too soon. But I would lie to you if I told you the experience was, in the balance of things, a negative one, though it certainly felt rather bad on the day. It certainly instilled in me proper, and I mean proper fear of The Lord.

Beats the light sabre every day.

Mundabor

 

Posted on June 18, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Psalm 111, 10

    The fear of the Lord is the best part of wisdom: all those who keep his laws are wise: his praise is eternal.

    • I wonder how many young people trained by V II liturgist understand today what the fear of the Lord is in the first place?

      Would Pope Francis be able to explain it to them, who seems to believe those who “do good” can’t go much wrong?

      M

  2. It’s instructive to see the confusion, if not embarrassment, of the children at these “events” – one can hardly call them the Mass. It seems to be the adults who get a kick out of this clowning around. There’s nothing worse in a child’s eyes than grown-ups being unintentionally silly. As soon as they are able, they vote with their young feet.

    • Very true.

      Children understand when something is just childish far better than their parents, who think they’ll find it just “fun”.

      M

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