Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Measure of the Love of God

Further on the Sacred Heart as the symbol of the love of Jesus for us, our pastor made an interesting comment as part of his sermon today - commenting on the Epistle of Today (16th after Pentecost):

(Ephes. III. 13-21) Brethren, I pray you not to faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory. For this cause I bow my knees. to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts: that being rooted and founded in charity, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:, to know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God. Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us: to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus, unto all generations, world without end. Amen.

Breadth: Is how long God has loved you. From All eternity

Length: Is God's natural gifts He has given you.

Height: Is God's super natural gifts that He has given you.

Depth: Is the depths He has plunged Himself into for you. His passion on the cross.

The Wedge Explained

My wife mentioned that I should explain the significance of the 'Wedge'.

This series is based on the analogy of using a wedge to separate two parts.

In this case, I have made the assertion that the current culture within the Church is not quite Catholic due to the number of changes made since the Second Vatican Council.

In order to separate the Catholic from  the non-Catholic elements we need to use a wedge. The wedge that I am proposing consists of a thin leading edge, a middle and finally a strong thick or back end.

The thin edge is:

  • Eucharistic Devotions of Reparation (Sacred and Immaculate Heart)
The Middle is:
  • Reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue, solely from the priest or deacon
The Thick is:
  • The Tridentine Mass
There are other devotions that support a truly Catholic culture, but these I see as the significant parts that will separate the Catholic from the non-Catholic, in person and culture.

Thin Edge of the Wedge Part A - Eucharistic Devotions of Reparation Devotion to the Sacred Heart

This is my first draft of the first article in the wedge series.  I decided to not polish it ad nauseum in order to make some progress on this project.

The next article will (predictably) be on Devotion to the Immaculate Heart.


In a previous article, I discussed the crisis in the Church from the organizational behavior point of view, with an emphasis on organizational culture. In the follow on article titled “Don Bosco’s Two Pillars and Displacing Cultural Assumptions – A Role for Traditional Catholics”, I discussed what I believe to be some key elements pointing towards a way for Traditional Catholics to help reassert Catholic Culture within the Church.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Devotion to the Sacred Heart - an update on progress

Here's a book that I'm currently reading in order to draw the link between the Eucharist and the need for reparation.

The first thing that I've noticed is the strong link between Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Eucharist.

The second thing is that reparation to the Sacred Heart is the primary reason for the devotion.

So I'm comfortable on this being one of the first steps used in trying to reassert Catholic Culture in non-traditional Catholics.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Logical Fallacies

My wife pointed out that knowing the basic fallacies that can be encountered in a discussion / argument would be useful.

Here's the list we summarized from 'The Fallacy Detective' and other sources.