Part 2 Bloggers Banter over Traditions-The Pandora’s Box has a crack


Pope francisjpgThe Paschal Triduum, this year  will begin with the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica.  During this Mass, the Pope will bless the chrism oil used for Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. Liturgically, it is the only time of the year in which this oil can receive this blessing.

Later in the day, Pope Francis will preside over the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a center dedicated to the care of the elderly and disabled in Rome. During the ceremony, Pope Francis will personally wash the feet of those who are cared for at the center.

The decision to go to wash the feet of the poor is a continuation of a “tradition” Pope Francis has brought  to the papacy from his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Last year, he made history when he celebrated the first Holy Thursday Mass of his pontificate at Rome’s Casal del Marmo prison, personally washing the feet of the inmates.

Bloggers Banter over Traditions

In a future post I hope to discuss further some of the bantering over Pope Francis and discarding Traditions  that were tossed around on Twitter and Blogs this past year. What about it, and what does  or could it mean for the future?

What can be discarded what needs to be kept? Here are some of my unsolicited thoughts regarding  Pope Francis and the discarding of some “Traditions”.    Read more

I like Traditions! I am comfortable with Traditions’ they are a safety net of sorts. They have meanings and make us who we are! I immediately thought of a scene from the Fiddler on the Roof and a song from that movie called Traditions!  

The Papa cried out in scenes as each of his Jewish daughters left to be married forsaking old Jewish customs.  It shows his struggle with God over the breaking of long cherished religious customs!  The Papa,  his poignant struggle-back and forth yes or no!  And finally he lifts his fist yelling towards the heavens “TRADITION!!” what is wrong with Traditions? Yes, There are rich symbolism’s in the long traditions of the Papacy but symbolism are nothing if they are not lived! If Christ is not lived!

Breaking a centuries-old tradition, Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center last year . He washed the feet of 12 teens from all religions.  Another surprise was that among the 12 there were two girls  and one was Muslim.  After he washed their feet He dried them off with a cloth made with yarn from the Holy Land. It also contained pieces of a fishing net used by fishermen on the Sea of Galilee.
Holy ThursdayI have to confess being on the more conservative bend that this was a lot for me to digest.  I believe in TRADITIONS!  I was thinking What about the priesthood and the  institution of  the Mass and the Blessed Eucharist?  Both are in need of attention and reform. What does this all mean?


As if reading my mind the pope told the media in his homily after the event last Holy Thursday:  “What does this mean? That we have to help one another. If you are angry at someone, let it go. And if they ask you for a favor, do it. Jesus teaches us this, and this is what I do, I do it with all my heart, because it’s my duty.”

Pope SickThe Pope has taught us  not only by word but more importantly by example. If we have the real presence of Christ we also must be more like Christ in our actions in regard to our neighbor! If we do not treat our neighbor like Christ we are fooling ourselves. We are living a dream world.


Pandora's_boxThis living out of the Catholic Faith needs to be taught today and the pope is accomplishing this through his example.  But  their have already arisen disturbing consequences  that I hope, with God’s help,  to address in a future post.  The pandora’s box  has been cracked open and now everyone may use this example as an excuse to disregard Canon Law in all areas of dissent.  I am more concerned over canon law regarding the Most Blessed Sacrament. Especially from those who have already been openly breaking Canon Law and flaunting it.  Is it too late to stop the sacrileges?  Are we able to keep Pandora’s  box from breaking open?

I agree  if we have a good priest and the perfect Liturgy. If Christ does change us to motivate us to move forward in love for our neighbor  we have nothing, we are nothing!  In the end we will be judged with Our Lords words in Matthew 25:41-4  “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”  The pope’s example is needed but I fear what will happen from those who already dissent.

Jesus Christ Crucified Have Mercy upon us! Mary Most sorrowful, Pray for us! Passion of Christ, Strengthen us! Lord,  Jesus I must imitate you! Lord help me!

Also See: Bloggers Banter over  Traditions  2013 Part 1

God willing future post in the works: Tradition Bantering Part 3


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Still Hoping for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! I am a Secular Carmelite and a Marian Catechist joining with those who love Our Lady of Fatima to help Her win the final Victory for Christo et Ecclessiae (Christ and His Church)! Posts on Speramus' Posterous are not always Fatima related. However, I hope they will be of interest to you and will help you to grow in the spiritual life and continue to "Fight the good fight of faith,and lay hold to eternal life, to which you are also called...." 1 Timothy 6:12. For more posts relating to the message of Our Lady at Fatima and its application for our times please follow me on Blogger or Twitter
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One Response to Part 2 Bloggers Banter over Traditions-The Pandora’s Box has a crack

  1. Frank says:

    I know very little liturgy, but I think including non-Catholic women in the washing of feet rite is OK because it’s not yet part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist anyway. It also seems like it’s not yet part of the institution of the priesthood; after all, the lesson of the washing of feet has been traditionally addressed to all the faithful.. 🙂


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