Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Twitter and Praise

The latest new cultural fad to find its way into some churches is "Twittering" during the worship service. This won't be happening in the Catholic Mass anytime soon thankfully. I can only respond by quoting Chesterton here:

"The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age."

"I want a Church that changes the culture rather than is changed by the culture."


Blogger Jeff Pinyan (japhy) said...

The writer of that article seems to think that any Christian worship service is called a "Mass".

(I can think of a few Protestant denominations that would take offense at having their worship services called "Mass"!)

May 04, 2009 10:50 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Amen, brother!

Sadly, some months ago, a woman at Mass answered her cell phone during the homily, talking until Fr. Shane had to stop, telling her to hang up or leave. How self-important we've become as a culture. A culture of death, where there's no respect for Life, except one's own!

May 05, 2009 7:24 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

I saw that too, Jeff, and thought that the writer was mistaken , though some anglicans would still call it a Mass, but I doubt they would be Twittering during the service.

May 05, 2009 8:17 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

Well, I think we can hope it doesn't happen in the Mass but there are no guarantees; consider the Life Teen Mass and without slightly youth consider any Mass and mobile phones. It's not in the rubric of the Mass but hey... ;-)

May 05, 2009 11:10 AM  
Blogger George Weis said...

Oh dear... people are always running to the world culture. I am not downing twitter... although it is a strange thing to me. It belongs no where near any service of worship.

The persistent problem, is that people want to be entertained. They want to stroke their own desires. This fits in the same realm as flat screen TVs and all the latest in sound and lighting technology. My previous church home went into debt 11 million for a new snazzy youth wing. Russ, you and I could go in there and whip up one heck of an album with the pro equipment they have in there... then, make a video and show it on big flat screens and drop down projection screens, and perform it on a stage any club would love to have.


May 06, 2009 7:19 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

yeah, George but at my age, I no longer look good in spandex! :)

May 06, 2009 7:36 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Susie, it's true, it reflects a whole view of life itself, that nothing deserves reverence or respect.

May 06, 2009 7:40 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Owen,Ive never been to Life Teen Mass. Is it un-orthodox?

May 06, 2009 7:41 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

Tiber, LT is a valid mass.

I've been to LT Mass three times in two different parishes in our diocese. Pretty much the same. Both were essentially what we knew as an evangelical service with the Eucharist. Music consisted of only protestant choruses apart from the sung prayers of the mass which were tricked out with updated melodies. Dress ultra casuals as was the entire atmosphere. Again, all of it "valid."

Our family is certainly not what might be described trady but LT was simply too protestant in feel in every way for us.

There isn't much neutral ground. I find folk either love it or hate it. Defenders will talk about things such as not loosing young people to protestant sects or the world period and how LT people love the Lord and are very serious about their faith, pointing out that many are more serious the other Catholics, that the Mass is no longer boring and so forth.

Rome says it's a valid Mass. Our, then 15 year old, said upon attending once when we had had to miss other available Mass times that weekend, "Dad? Never again."

May 06, 2009 9:09 AM  
Blogger George Weis said...

Forget the spandex! Ripped jeans will do the trick!


May 07, 2009 9:02 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Owen, that's funny that you said this:
"Our family is certainly not what might be described trady but LT was simply too protestant in feel in every way for us."

The first time I went to a Catholic Church that had the electric guitars, overhead etc, drums, was the last time I went there. It was too much of a flash back :)
Not to say that it can't be a blessing to others, just for me it reminded me of days gone by where we tried to fill the vacuum left by no sacraments with great rock and roll and musical wizardry.
Once I found Jesus in the Eucharist, nothing could match that experience

May 07, 2009 10:22 PM  

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