PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE MIRACLE FROM US
By Jan Reagor
As I walked from the chapel at the Newman Center I felt numb and was on the verge of tears. “How can the people at the Vatican do this to us? It feels like they are sneaking us backwards into Vatican I,” I thought as I walked to my car. Two weeks ago I attended a Mass at the Newman Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The altar was set-up so the priest turned his back to us, and most of the prayers were in Latin. I felt heart sick.
I remembered as a youth when my parish in Oklahoma City was used as a testing site for the Mass offered in English. I was exhilarated at how beautiful the prayers were that we previously said in Latin. I still am exhilarated with them. I am enthralled at watching the miracle on the altar of the prayers and the turning of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. But now the miracle is quietly being taken from us, for it seems we are returning to Vatican I, without even a word to us parishioners.
Recently I saw the beautiful prayer that Jesus Christ taught us, the Lord’s Prayer, in Latin flashed on the screen in church, I had to fight the tears. Very few people responded, and even fewer knew what they were saying.
On Monday morning a group of five people go to a nursing home to be Ministers of Care. This past week one of the ministers told us of going to Mass on Sunday, finding the altar turned around, and the priest having his back to the people. She said there was a brief explanation given, that was difficult for her to understand. Dismayed, she said “Now what good can come from this?” None of the five ministers are in agreement with going back to Vatican I.
Our current parish offers a Spanish mass each weekend, with the other masses in English. It is a value to the Spanish speaking people to have Mass in their own language. Our friend Reverend Richard Potthast, who served in Uganda for forty years, told us when the mass changed to the native language, the population in the Church soared. Now going back will be a source of confusion.
During the formation of Vatican II, the Bishops voted on the improvements for our church, but now there seems to be back tracking. I am hoping our good Pope Francis will put a stop to going backward in the holy Mass. I am encouraging those of us who enjoy the prayers in English to write to their Bishop and encourage him to approve only a few parishes to go backward, and keep the majority of parishes in Vatican II. For you see, I also am wondering,
“What good can come from this?”
[Submitted by Jan Reagor, Inner-healing, Deliverance and Paranormal Minister, Mesa, AZ email:[email protected]]