Gus, the "visual aid", teaching
and preaching to Catholics
(because profundity would be
too confusing and dangerous).
Let's say someone loses a child and goes to Mass to cry out to God for help and they get...Gus the Teddy Bear as a "visual aid" to help ease their pain. Or the fact that evil is all around us so we go to Mass for strength to fight against worldly wickedness and we get...Gus the Teddy Bear to prepare us for battle. Recently I overheard two conversations within minutes of each other.
MAN: Hey your hair looks great!
WOMAN: Thanks. I love it too. Your husband did it.
WOMAN: I see that the friend visiting you has left.
MAN: Yes. I'm sorry to see him go but he's on the way to California the see his daughter and her wife.
These are fleeting examples of everyday life in 2019...bits of conversations overheard on the run as people see and greet each other. Conversations that no one would have spoken aloud in public 10 years ago, much less 2 or 3 decades ago.
In February, 2019, the New York State passed infanticide into law thanks to liberal Catholic Democrats and no one blinked an eye. In Islamic countries the genocide of Christians continues unabated. Crime rises drastically every week in European countries with an influx of Muslim "migrants", 95% of whom are healthy young IPhone carrying Muslim males, yet Pope Francis cries that Europe must let in more Muslims, and no one says a word. On and on it goes. Why is this happening?
|My reaction (OMG!...literally)|
when I saw Gus sitting
on the pulpit.
But no. At our parish a Teddy bear named Gus, the new deacon's "visual aid", spoke to the problems of the day. At least I think he did. I was so outraged and busy tearing up my weekly contribution check that I truly didn't hear a word
What could Gus the stuffed animal tell us that we didn't already know? Could he "advance us towards the true good of man ...or make us lapse into endless heathen wanderings?" (George Santayana, Winds of Doctrine) The deacon began his homily by saying that people walk out of the church before the end of Mass. That's a minor concern since what he should worry about is people walking out of the Church forever, never again to return. Catholics leave the Church because they're thoroughly disgusted. Trying to find God, they receive an old Teddy bear profanely placed on the pulpit and a tall pile of books in front of the altar as "visual aids". Not only did we have to endure the appalling "visual aid" of a stuffed animal profaning the pulpit where the only Word of God is to be placed, we had to endure the sight of the deacon kissing the bear on the top of its head as it left from our view just before the Eucharistic Prayer, which was good since fleetingly I thought that he might be thinking of giving that thing Holy Communion.
High five! We brought those backwater
cold and recalcitrant Catholics up to our own
level of insight...whatever it was.
For example, Mother's Day was the perfect day to talk about God's Holy Mother, Mary, but instead the pastor said in merely one or two sentences - after talking once more about the survey and changes he plans to make - that it was Good Shepherd Sunday and that each parish is connected to a diocese, the diocese to the USCCB, the USCCB to Rome, the Holy Father and the universal Church. Simply everyone already knows that! Then he talked about pastoral needs during the actual time that it was his duty to be providing those same pastoral needs by preaching a homily about God. I have come to the conclusion that too many priests are lazy when it comes to their homilies. They rely on (liberal modernist) websites for homily references. 15 minutes and zip!...their homily is printed off the Internet, then they can relax and watch TV or go to someone's house for dinner.
In the past four months every homily at our parish has been about implementing the many changes the new pastor wants to make. Almost every Sunday the homily has been about the two page survey we were asked to fill out so that our opinion might be taken into consideration...and over and over about the new Mass schedule...and about how we are all a "team" on the same side. Do either the pastor or deacon realize that an actual team works for the same goals?
in his Babylon of abstractions.
Gus joins the Cappella Marciana.
As for "visual aids", Catholics have many "visual aids" right in their own homes. Most all Catholics, except liberal ones whom I presume keep bears to look at, have a Crucifix in their home, a statue of Mary Most Holy, holy cards or statues and framed pictures of special saints. We Catholics here in the backwaters of Lake County near the Ocala National Forest do not need a Teddy bear and a pile of books as "visual aids". There are real bears here, sometimes in our back yards, and we have advanced astronomically beyond the Teddy bear stage of our spiritual lives and expect never again to be insulted with such tripe.
I myself have many "visual aids" in my home. I have crucifixes from Guatemala, a statue of the Blessed Mother from Quito, Ecuador - the Virgin of the Apocalypse which is Mary "with two wings of a great eagle" (Rev 12:14) literally dancing, although I like to think of it as stomping, on the devil. I have a wooden 2+ foot statue of St Michael the Archangel from Guatemala, although that one I bought here in America at the Shrine in Orlando.
|Gus, being super visual.|
I have walked through the great Cathedrals of Venice and Rome, France, Austria and Ireland, Cathedrals and churches in North and South America, visited the tomb of St Anthony of Padua and several saints in Rome and across Europe as well as the tomb of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Maryland, St Peter of St Joseph of Betancur in Antigua Guatemala, and the place where the first American born martyr priest saint (to be) - Blessed Stanley Rother - was murdered in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala across the lake (Atitlan) surrounded by volcanoes at Panajachel...and many others in Ireland and Europe.
And that's merely just me. Simply dozens of Catholics at our parish have also traveled far and wide. Several have been on pilgrimages to Rome, Israel, Russia, Fatima, Lourdes, Ireland, Mexico City and other places. They are good and devout and knowledgeable, therefore have moved far beyond Teddy bears and a pile of the deacon's partially read books.
|Me, confronting the deacon.|
I suggested that since they want change possibly we could change deacons. Find another one. Replace him. Find a newer one who is more up to date and in tune with the times. One who is a grown up, an adult able to teach us.
Normally I try to be charitable but after 20 irritating years with Fr "One Day There Will Be Women Priests", our parish was blessed for 4 sublime years with a young orthodox priest and another 4 beautiful years with another orthodox priest, but now we're right back to the 1970s of "change" and innovation, a Teddy bear "visual aid" profaning the pulpit, a tower of books in front of the altar and a deacon who seriously has never progressed beyond Show and Tell. Being charitable doesn't work with hard core liberals because they have already made up their minds.
In addition, the incessant incantations of "change" and "the survey" - as if what they are going to change is really what we the people in the pews want - is nothing more than liberal clergy trying to pull the wool over our eyes so that they can implement what they want under the guise of making us think we are the ones who want change. They will announce that as a result of the survey, the changes implemented are what we indicated we wanted. Meanwhile, not one of us wants a Teddy bear profaning the sanctuary and all of us have our own piles of books, ones that we have actually read.
To put it bluntly, the new deacon is "exiled from reality in his Babylon of abstractions" - George Santayana, Winds of Doctrine, page 13.