O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Skinny on Living the Faith

Feast of St Bartholomew, apostle - II Class
Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast granted us a reverent and holy joy in this say's festival of Thy blessed Apostle, Bartholomew, grant, we beseech Thee, that Thy Church may both love that he believed and preached what he taught. Through our Lord.
Full Latin-English propers here.

One thing people will notice at Mass (esp. if they aren't familiar with the Tridentine Rite) is that the Credo is said on II Class feasts, but only a select few. Those feasts are those of Our Lord, Our Lady, and the Apostles. Why the apostles? Their faith is the Catholic religion. In order to practice it faithfully, one must love it. A man won't be faithful to his bride unless he loves her. If he does not love her, then once the relationship is no longer what it used to be, he will start interloping with other women in order to make it "feel like it used to". If anyone is to practice the faith, he must love the faith-not merely like it, or revise it so that it makes more sense to you or your society, but actually love it. However, loving the faith is not enough to live it faithfully. One must act on that love. If one loves the faith, then one must act like it every day. One must preach the faith through one's actions and daily lifestyle. If a man loves a woman, then it is not enough to love her, he must show her through the way he lives his life: everything is done for her, not so that he can get anything from her (esp. sex) but rather for her own good. His actions will show how much he really loves her, whether he really loves her or just wants her for pleasure. This is the only way the Church can ever be healthy: if the people in her both love what he believed and preached what he taught.