Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 5, 2010

Some points to consider…

1. When the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles, and Peter spoke and each of the people understood what was going on in their own language, who was being addressed? The People. not God. Of course when it comes to formulas of Dogma, Sacred Scripture, these things should be and are necessarily in the vernacular. It is necessary to comprehend matters of Faith, even if we don’t completely understand them. In this regard those that argue for the vernacular are correct. There was an argument that 2 people were having, and I didn’t have the chance to voice the calming influence.

1a. On that point because we address God, it’s important that we don’t use living languages and everyday conversation because of the lack of stability of these languages. For example, if you look at the history of the word gay, which used to mean happy, now has conotation in homosexuality, the meaning of this word has changed over time. If we’re going to have a vernacular translation, it’s important that the language be elevated from the daily language that we use in normal conversation. The New Translation of the 2002 Ed of the Roman Missal will help in this regard.

2. We often attack people without listening to them. The Truth is always to be proclaimed no matter what. How it is to be proclaimed is another argument. The problem in some traditionalist circles is they seek to take the heads off of people, when perhaps just a nice slap on the wrist is due instead. Like the game of darts, you have a giant board, but you must be precise in your throw, if you throw out of bounds or out of precision you may be hitting something that someone never intended. This lady that came to my parish yesterday was curious about the TLM, and I think one of the traddies scared her away…Just proves that our own worst enemies are Catholics :p

3. Leaders solve problems. If they don’t know answers to a problem, they find people who can solve the problem. Nearly 3 months and this spill still hasn’t been cleaned up, this is ridiculous. I’m tired of Obama blaming BP for everything…please, find someone to clean that up…so much for going green.

4. Amnesty? Really, you’ve still got to clean up that spill and the economy to with. Really, Really now? There are much more important things on the plate, solve those first. You got your healthcare bill Zero, please, just disappear.

5. My seminary application will be mailed tomorrow, please continue to pray for me 🙂



  1. Obama told America that if we can win WWII and put a man on the moon, we can plug this leak and solve our dependency on fossil fuels.

    But there’s a missing piece: the soldiers in WWII had the Pentagon and Neil Armstrong had NASA. What’s the man on the street supposed to do to solve the fossil fuel problem? Is it time for an organized, funded effort?

    The following link is to a satirical video, but it underscores this issue in real terms.

    Link: You’re Soaking In It

  2. I’ll be praying for ya, Joe!

    • Thank you

  3. Prayers for Joe!

    • Thank you 🙂

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