It has come to my attention that some people resent having to wear a face mask when attending a Catholic Mass. I have little (some but not much) sympathy for these complainers.
He goes on to speak of when he was "a wee lad" and his mother "would dress all the kids up for Mass."
I had to wear a tiny suit with a vest, a starched white shirt buttoned to the collar, and a clip-on bow tie! I also had to wear hard shoes that hurt my feet and which I had to shine myself!
Poor kid! "The old ladies" had it no better. They "wore all black even though they were not nuns. Many wore veils as well as scarves over their heads. Any woman without a head covering was considered an apostate harlot."
Now it's another story.
Some folks . . . are grumpy about wearing a face mask to church.
He gets it. "The masks have little prophylactic value and are largely symbolic of submission to a Godless authority. That grates on freedom-loving Americans who value their liberty, rights, and independence from tyranny."
But our ancestors probably had it far worse, he said, citing restrictions under the rule of Ottoman Turks, "who sold them into slavery" and Mass was "held in secret in sheds and wine cellars" and "discovery meant death or worse. And yet the religion survived. The Faithful remained so under extreme duress."
More recently Communist dictators
destroyed churches and persecuted Christians (as well as other religious adherents). Marxism is diametrically opposed to Christianity. Karl Marx infamously wrote "Religion is the opium of the people, and Lenin/Stalin murdered millions of Catholics and Orthodox."
It is very troubling to see Catholics today embrace Marxism, as is the case with Bishops who gladly suspended Masses and the sacraments while endorsing the (self-avowed Marxist) Black Lives Matter movement. I shake my head. How shameful, how cowardly, how blind to history.
But Masses are still being held in public, in churches, and perhaps in secret. I am not going to reveal anything more.
So let's try not to get in a twist over the face mask thing. It's minor. There are some far more serious issues. And trust this: the Faithful will not falter despite oppression.
God is all-powerful, man is but an ant. Lucky for us God loves us. Hang on to that. And go to Mass even if you have to wear the silly mask. You owe it to yourself, to the Faithful, to all who came before you, and to your Savior.
Well. More later with rebuttal from Nephew Briggs. . . .