Wednesday, May 28, 2003

I hate to be a curmudgeon, but

What's the reason for the Archdiocese of Chicago moving the celebration of the Ascension to Sunday? I realize that Cardinal George has the right to move the feast, but I question the wisdom of that choice. The liturgy is the summit of Christian life, the source of grace and the goal of that life of grace, since our liturgy is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. We should, as the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom says, "set aside all earthly cares." That includes whether or not it is convenient to get to Mass on Thursday.

The Church doesn't impose fasts or days of obligation in order to burden her members. Rather, these requirements are gifts to help us recall what is most important. Having to find a Mass in a week full of business (latin negotium or not-otium, not-leisure) could be a great grace to many people. As you slip into a church between work and soccer games, you could, perhaps, remember that work and soccer games are like ashes compared to the Kingdom of God.

I say, restore all the days of obligation and triple the fasts!

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