Saturday, 29 September 2007

Questions, Questions...

Oh boy... I thought the memes and quizzes had died out. How wrong can you be? This was inflicted upon me by Mark of Rise and Pray fame... I like him and his blog, so I shall be good and answer it!

Easy rules: just post the quiz on your blog and answer the questions, then pass it on to five other bloggers, and link to them in your post. Be sure to link back to the one who sent it to you.

1. Do you attend the Traditional Latin Mass or the Novus Ordo?

Both. I love the Mass. If it's celebrated with dignity and reverence, then that's fine by me. I prefer Mass to be ad orientem whether it is the extraordinary or the ordinary form. And yes, I know that the extraordinary form is always celebrated ad orientem... I have come to a deeper appreciation of the freedom of worship associated with the extraordinary form Low Mass.

I will, however, move heaven and earth to avoid what I suspect will be an overly "chatty" Mass where the priest "engages" with "his" congregation ("audience")... I similarly avoid teeth-achingly awful "modern" hymns and liturgical dance.

2. If you attend the TLM, how far do you drive to get there?

The extraordinary form of Mass is regularly available at my own parish. It takes me 10-15 minutes to drive (10 mins on Sunday, 15 mins if I travel in the rush hour.)

3. If you had to apply a Catholic label to yourself, what would it be?

Roman (ie. faithful to the Pope!)

4. Are you a comment junkie?

Ummm... no, I don't think so... I only comment if I have something to say, or I want to show support or encourage another blogger.

5. Do you go back to read the comments on the blogs you’ve commented on?

Occasionally - if I asked a question (assuming I remember where I made the comment!!) But not on a regular basis.

6. Have you ever left an anonymous comment on another blog?

No. I don't do anonymous. If I feel it's important enough to say, then I put my name to it.

7. Which blogroll would you most like to be on?

I'm on nearly every blogroll I'm interested in... the exception is Fr Zuhlsdorf's... I'd love to be on his blogroll. However, I'm not a big enough camembert on the blogging cheeseboard, so there's little chance of that happening!

8. Which blog is the first one you check?

The Hermeneutic of Continuity.

9. Have you met any other bloggers in person?

Ooooh, yes, shedloads... Fr. Tim Finigan, Fr. Ray Blake, Fr. John Boyle, Fr. Séan Finnegan, Fr. Nicholas Schofield, Fr. Zuhlsdorf, the Dúnadan, Fr. Michael Clifton (only in passing), Londiniensis (who only comments, but under his own profile, and often enough to count as a blogger), Newhousenewjob, Leutgeb, Joanna Bogle, the Sisters of the Gospel of Life, Richard Marsden, Orthfully Catholic, Barbara and George (two more regular "comment-only" bloggers) and probably quite a few more (who will, no doubt, hasten to point this out in the combox!)

10. What are you reading?

At the moment, nothing... this is rare. It will be sorted out soon... once I can locate my pile of un-read books under the piles of exercise books and worksheets which have suddenly swamped my sitting room...

Bonus Question! Has your site been banned by Spirit of Vatican II?

Ummm... is that another blog?

Ok, I challenge Leutgeb at Bara Brith, Newhousenewjobnewfiancé at Just Doing My Best, Fr. Ray at St. Mary Magdalen, Fr. Justin at Nova et Vetera and Faccio La Mamma at Antagonistic Pots and Pans (you may detect a decidedly British theme this time round... fear not, I shall be "sharing" more irritating tidbits with my transatlantic blogging pals all too soon!)


leutgeb said...

Finished, Miss.

Anonymous said...

Great answers. :)

Yeah; I attended my first EF Low Mass the other day--justabout blew my mind.

Anonymous said...

I was referred to your site by someone else. I'm an ex-Catholic, now member of the Pioneer Church in the UK.
I hope you don't think me rude when I say the sumptuous pictures of churches and saints you file brought back a cold wind from my youth - a church that was all show and no substance.
I'll try and sum up the difference, as I see it, between an Evangelical and a Catholic with the following story.
A man wanted to ask President Abraham Lincoln a question. When he arrived at the White House, he was told 'you can't just come in and speak directly to the President.'
He was told he would have to go through the traditional channels, contact his senator, file a petition and hopefully, this bureaucracy would eventually get his question to the President.
As he sat outside the White House gates clutching a handful of forms and request slips, a young boy asked him what was wrong. When the man explained his situation, the young boy took his hand and said 'come with me.'
The boy led him through the main gates, through the front door of the White House and along a corridor. No one stopped them or asked for identification. Soon they reached a large door which the man knew must be the door of the Oval Office. The boy opened it and took the man in with him to where President Lincoln was sitting at his desk. The President looked up at the man then turned to the boy and said: "Robert, son, what can I do for you." The boy replied: "Dad, this man needs to speak with you."
You see, the Son has direct access to the father. Straight in. Not that we are worthy, not because of who we are, but because of whose we are - God's children.
Oh, you Catholics will get into heaven. But you will be the last there. Why? Well, because you all prefer the long way round. You prefer the spiritual bureaucracy of devotions, suffering, rosary, suffering, Liturgy, suffering, petitions, novenas, suffering, and more suffering. All of which, like rich red robes or Latin phrases, can be comforting and addictive, yet also time wasting.
We Evangelicals will see you coming in the distance and we'll get a meal ready for you. We won't ask 'where have you been,' because we will know. And it won't matter then. We will all be sitting down to the heavenly banquet.

There is a danger we take ourselves too seriously, so I'll sign off with a joke.
A non-judgemental Protestant, an open minded Catholic and Santa Claus were in a lift when they spotted a $100 bill lying on the floor. Who picked it up? Santa, of course; the other two don't exist.

la mamma said...

Ooo, will do, M.F., when I can work out how and have two hands for typing... Thanks for thinking of me - I'm such a small fish in this pond. You've met me before, BTW ;)

On the side of the angels said...

weird, because H of C is also the first I go to, then I go here to get the links he hasn't... apologies to everyone for not updating my bloglinks - it just takes so long to do it...and half the time they don't work !

Mulier Fortis said...

Faccio La Mamma... we've met??

Go on: do tell. I'm consumed with curiosity... Send me a comment, and I promise I won't publish it!!

Mulier Fortis said...

Dear Anonymous,

Welcome to my little blog... I hope you've enjoyed reading it (and looking at the pictures) as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I would love to know who sent you in this direction... and why?

I was interested in your comment: but obviously I don't agree with it. I won't go into details here, because I think it's worthy of a whole post all of its own... I hope you'll allow me a little time to respond (work is sort of hectic at the moment!)

In the meantime, I'll just say that Catholics believe that Jesus himself is physically present in the Blessed Sacrament, and that is who we receive in Communion, and adore in Exposition, and because the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Tabernacles in each of our churches, we want to give of our very best: hence the emphasis on beautiful things in our churches, sights, smells, sounds... and our concern when this is skimped: one shouldn't give God second best.

I don't believe that only Catholics will get to heaven, and I am certain that many non-Catholics will get there a lot faster than me (I have a lot of time in Purgatory ahead of me!) However, I don't believe that it is timewasting to put one's faith in the Church which Christ founded: Thou art Peter, and on this Rock I will build my Church.

BTW, I liked the joke!

Anagnostis said...

I did it. Wasn't even tagged. How sad is that?

newhousenewjob said...

Done. Thanks for the tag... I think.

Anonymous said...

I believe you are on Fr. Z's blogroll.

la mamma said...

Homework done, Miss. You really wouldn't remember me, Mac, so a name wouldn't help. I'll say this, though (and I don't mind if you don't publish it): when you first came to a Faith Conference, you hand poor Roseann and Ann pulling their hair out, as they'd thought 'Mac' was male and had assigned you a room in the male wing!

Mulier Fortis said...

Andrew - yes I know... but I wasn't when I wrote the post (but oh, boy... fame at last!)

Faccio la mamma - I remember the consternation... and blame Fr Stephen Boyle who twisted my arm persuading me to go at the last minute... and he did the booking on my behalf!!

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