Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

Moving Spirituality (Written on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross)

If in a word I was to attempt to describe spirituality for myself, I would say it’s similar to that of the Mariana’s trench. (In otherwords, it’s REALLY REALLY DEEP)! And if you guys know anything about physics, you know the deeper you get, the more pressure that biulds up, and if you get too deep, the pressure is litterally going to crush you. The bad part about that analogy is that you can never get too deep in spirutality. People say that sometimes I force my ways upon them. I wouldn’t say such a thing. I would say that I’m trying to lead things in a certian direction, and trying to get them to MOVE beyond what you typically see, or what you normally understand. I honestly believe that everyone has this capability to see things a bit differently in light of what is normally taught. It’s a manner of being willing to take that extra step to go deeper into the subject than you normally would. Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We often times get into a situation where we’re all about our own will. Sometimes we want something so badly that we put our own will in front of God’s will. If you remember my blog from a few weeks ago, Jesus states whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whosoever shall humble themself shall be exalted. That is the point of today again, That we need to rejoice and embrace our cross, that we should lift up our salvation, the Cross, that we should always be obedient to God’s will. In the garden of Gethsemene, remember “If it may, let this chalice pass away from me, but not my will, but thy will” We should remember that it’s never our choice (abortion, death penalty) that it’s always the will of God that should be done. One more thing. Today is the day the Pope’s Motu Proprio goes into effect freeing the use of the Tridentine Latin Mass. I will continue to say this. You haven’t been to a Novus Ordo Mass until you’ve heard (and be present) in a Mass done by the Norbertines in Latin. It’s absolutely amazing. I am quite excited about this Motu Proprio going into effect. I know that I’ve never been to a Tridentine Mass in my life, and that I do want to go to understand more about the history of the Liturgy. For those of you that don’t know, the Tridentine Mass was actually said by St. Peter it goes ALL the way back (later imporovements by St Gregory the Great, and St. Pius X) but essensially it’s the same. I just thought that’s an interesting thing to note. 🙂 As I leave you, just remember to lift up the Most Holy Cross, venerate it, and most importantly that His will be done. Amen!

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