Thursday, July 15, 2010

What's Wrong With Normal Catholic Words?

One of the things Fr. Meyer and myself did on the way down to the Shrine in Alabama (see post below) was to stop in to the Cathedrals along the way. We first went to Louisville's and prayed Daytime Prayer while there. We also grabbed a bulletin on the way out because Fr. Meyer is still obsessing that his bulletin doesn't look quite right.

Anyways, I came across this little announcement in the bulletin -

"Michael Morwood, a well-known presenter on theological issues with more than 30 years experience in retreat, education, parish and youth ministries, will lead a retreat Aug. 8-14 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods(northwest of Terre Haute, Indiana). The retreat is hosted by White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of
Providence. The theme is “God, Jesus, Prayer and Liturgy in a new story of the universe
.”

Now I have the deepest love for Providence Sisters - Sr. Marie Grace and Sr. Theresa Clare both gave me a first class education and taught me to love Christ's Church. I've preached on my love for them on numerous occasions. However, I must ask here, what in the world is a Center for Eco-justice? Also, I must say that I wouldn't let a loved one go within two hundred miles of a retreat titled "God, Jesus, Prayer and Liturgy in a new story of the universe." The two titles baffle me so much, I'm not sure where to start.

It got me thinking - what is wrong with traditional Catholic words? I list some of my favorite - Virtue, Sin, Heaven, Hell, The Trinity, God The Father, God the Son, the Holy Spirit, Papacy, Redemption, Our Blessed Mother, the Eucharist - this could go on for days. The reason I mention all this is that heresies usually spring up over disagreements over words and end up being, well, heresies. If you want to know if something is authentically Cahtolic, you can usually tell right away. Let's pray for people who invent a new lexicon that they come to realize that the words we've been using for some 2,000 years have been working just fine.