The Portal December 2017 - Page 23

THE P RTAL December 2017 Page 23 Letters to the Editor From Didymus Astle From the USA In the November edition of T he P ortal  [vol. 7(83) p. 23], Paul Sitkowski reports on what he thinks young people may like. As an older Millennial myself, I would be interested to know how he came to his conclusions, for the ideas he expresses are quite contrary to the hopes of my younger friends. I write this as a charitable warning to all of us against the sins of gossip that may occasionally tempt us. We are warned by the Church always to treat our neighbours with the respect due them simply because they are persons. We are not to attack their honour or reputation in a grave way, whether by direct accusation or by insinuation, and if we do, we face having done mortal sin. In today’s permissive world, where everyone is encouraged to do whatever he pleases, young people ardently crave the clear structure and direction ceremony affords. The use of incense and Sacral English not only enables us to focus by worshipping with all our senses but also connects us with our enculturated Christian roots. So many Millennials feel as though we have been denied our spiritual inheritance because our heritage was suppressed by a generation which failed to value the identity- providing power of an enduring tradition. By reclaiming it, we seek to seal up the floodgates through which so many souls have floated out to false religions, ones which have maintained and nourished their own roots thereby ensuring their attractiveness for young people. Again, in a world that is always rushing us, we want longer services that give us an opportunity to lay aside all earthly cares for more than just a moment. We recognise the significance of how, by joining to pray the mass in God’s holy church, we are all raised into the eternal heavenly worship. So we expect our earthly worship to reflect the glorious grandeur of heaven and deeply desire to be infused by the aroma of paradise that there surrounds us for as long as possible. While Mr Sitkowski no doubt means well, the criticism he provides would seek to make the Church like this world. Yet he doesn’t seem to realise that we Millennials want a religion that is other-worldly, a Church that is in the world but not of the world. We already have plenty of celebrity gods who are like us. We want a God who will challenge us to be perfect as he is holy. Nonetheless, I hope my candour wounds not his openness towards the Ordinariate and that his clear love for our Lord Jesus Christ may be a blessing for all those whom he meets.   Yours peacefully, Didymus Astle Australia (By e-mail) If we think we need to warn, we do it privately and without the heat of passion. Should we thereafter feel the need to make public a reprimand, this ought to be done with the control that is borne of charity, and not make public things that bring about their disconsolation or humiliation. Mockery done for amusement is especially insidious, because it tempts others to laugh at our cleverness and thereby be agreeable with us. If we do such invectiveness in the heat of passion and without the respect for another’s reputation, we may well be heaping deadly dangers upon ourselves. Your mockery as a disguise is seen through for what it is. Return to your den until you can approach nicely. Sincerely (as a sinner also) name and address supplied USA By e-mail [The Editors would point out that “Snapdragon” was Blessed John Henry Newman’s favourite flower and grew around his room at Trinity College Oxford. Our anonymous piece is so called for this reason, and for no other.] The views expressed in these letters are not necessarily those of the Editors Letters for publication should be sent to: The Editors, T he P ortal , 56 Woodlands Farm Road, Birmingham B24 0PG