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Sacrifice does not mean giving up something for nothing; it means giving up one thing for something else we believe is worth more. Sacrifice is part of  the very definition of what it means to truly love another person.

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imagesPUDVQR78Sacrifice: To forfeit something for something else considered to have a greater value.
Sacrifice does not mean giving up something for nothing; it means giving up one thing for something else we believe is worth more.
Sacrifice is part of  the very definition of what it means to truly love another person. In fact, intimate relationships require sacrifice. I think we understand this most in the context of family, because we do sacrifice for our spouse, our children,  and our parents.  And one of the most important, and hardest, things to sacrifice for family is often our time.

Today’s society  tries to obliterate sacrifice at every turn. Ads promise people that they can fulfill their desires without having to forsake anything at all. “Lose weight without giving up your favorite foods!” “Get  a great body without long workouts!” “Get rich without having to work hard!” The denial of sacrifice is everywhere…

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There are multitudes of Christians on Earth who know the need for God—especially in today’s  superficial world. But many  Christians suffer greatly because of their Faith.

What is the cost of your personal Christian belief? Many of us say we’re Christian, that we believe in God. We hold to that belief, even when some trash Christianity, personally maligning those who believe.

But think about this: To be different is a difficult state of affairs for many. Maybe those so opposed to Christianity are really not opposed at all, but only hold back because they’re afraid of rejection by their peers.

Of those who malign Christians, could it be that a belief in Jesus Christ sets them apart from others where they don’t want to be? Or that belief in God puts them in a category they’d rather not be in, because it isn’t seen as optimum for their career purposes. Or might they be afraid of being labeled because of the way Christians are portrayed in the media?

To say we’re Christians in today’s secular world is not for those who lack courage. To say we’re Christians, means we’re willing to suffer in the face of those who oppose Christianity enough to make fun of it, and us.

Here are some wise words by one of America, and the South’s, greatest writers: “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do.”   

“This notion that grace is healing omits the fact that before it heals, it cuts with the sword Christ said He came to bring.”

“What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you feel you can’t believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God.” ———Flannery O’Connor

Faith comes from within each individual, as a grace. Faith is a part of who we are. It is not a fairytale reliance on things unseen. It is real. It is action. It is love. And–if we’re sincere about it–Our Faith is worth standing up for in a crowd, even if we’re standing up alone.

I know personally that standing up for one’s Faith actually deepens it. Because even if we must stand alone in some situation, we understand that God will give us the strength. All we have to do is seek His courage and we will find it in ourselves.


Photo by jclk8888, 2014, MorgueFile.Com

Photo by jclk8888, 2014, MorgueFile.Com

When I was a young child, the Catholic Mass was celebrated only in Latin. The language of the church.

Few knew the literal meaning of each word in the prayers unless they followed along in their missal with Latin on one page and English on the opposite page. But it didn’t matter, at least to me. There was something in the Latin Mass that spoke to my soul in the same way as beautiful music without words. I loved the Latin Mass.

Music itself, has been called the language of the soul. There is no question that it connects us, not only by lyrics sung but by the intangible yearning, joy, and even the pain that we hear in a melody.

These emotions were absorbed by many upon hearing the Traditional Latin Mass, the essentials of which had remained constant since the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604). Today, it is still around and commonly known as the Tridentine Mass.

The Tridentine Mass is a name often applied to the Mass promulgated by Pope St. Pius V, on July 14, 1570, through the apostolic constitution Quo Primum, which standardized the traditional Latin Rite Mass. Then in 1969, it was replaced by the Mass of Pope Paul VI in 1969, called the Novus Ordo.

The Novus Ordo is the new Mass that Pope Paul VI introduced in 1969 after Vatican II, but it was already being revised before and during Vatican II. The desire of both the Council Fathers and Paul VI was to simplify the liturgy in order to make it more accessible to the average layman. While the Novus Ordo retains the basic structure of the Traditional Latin Mass, it removes a number of repetitions and simplifies the language of the liturgy.

This simplification is, of course, very good, but sometimes we appreciate more the ‘not so simple’ things. Those things we have to put additional effort into, those things we have to really think about and meditate upon to understand the awesome mystery in them.

For it is within the quiet depth of our hearts that we come to know the greatest of mysteries –God’s love for us, shown by the sacrifice of His son.
All there for us in the gift of The Mass.