Cardinal Mahony got back on Twitter after conclave, and has had some
Mass with Pope Francis: moving from HIGH Church to LOW and humble Church!What a blessing that we are encountering Jesus without trappings!
— Cardinal Mahony(@CardinalMahony) March 15, 2013
...For we have nothing and we see nothing of the Most High Himself in this world except [His] Body and Blood, names and words by which we have been created and redeemed from death to life.
But let all those who administer such most holy mysteries, especially those who do so indifferently, consider among themselves how poor the chalices, corporals, and linens may be where the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is sacrificed. And by many It is left in wretched places and carried by the way disrespectfully, received unworthily and administered to others indiscriminately. Again His Names and written words are sometimes trampled under foot, for the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of God. Shall we not by all these things be moved with a sense of duty when the good Lord Himself places Himself in our hands and we handle Him and receive Him daily? Are we unmindful that we must needs fall into His hands?If this is truly our only encounter with Christ the King here on Earth, why should we not give God made Flesh glory through proper, beautiful, and fitting vestments and symbols? Also, they are of great catechetical value. The pontificals, those items worn by bishops alone, and especially those of the Pope, symbolize the power to bind and loose given to them. A chasuble is a valuable teaching tool, since the back can be adorned with sacred images. The same is said of those so-called 'pastoral stoles' worn over a cassock and surplice for baptisms and rituals occurring outside of the Mass.
Might I suggest that bishops return to wearing episcopal sandals during the Holy Mass? Truly, those are the shoes of the fisherman, and they are fishers of men.
|Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate|
Also, what works in any one particular church won't work in Rome, for the most part. That is particularly true for the Latin American church.
I have another thought. I think serving the poor means helping them and working among them, but not at the expense of your own identity in the Church when you are a cleric. For example, St. John Vianney still wore a cassock-albeit a ragged one- in his ministry, and for eight-and-a-half centuries Franciscan and Dominican friars wore their habits to minister to the poor. John Vianney's cassock was a mess because he wished to "spare no expense for the Sacred Liturgy." I would love to see priests in cassocks going among the slums and ghettos, or in a decent clerical suit when a cassock would trip them up. People need to know who the priests among them are!
This is another good thought.
To set our duty to serve the poor against the splendor of divine worship is nothing less than to split Christ in two. shar.es/eCpRA
— Pius Pietrzyk (@PiusOP) March 16, 2013