Thursday, December 6, 2007

A Healthy Balance

There seem to have developed in the Church over the past couple decades two different sects: the charismatics and the traditionalists. And each group seems to think, or at least has people in the group who think, that they are better than the other group. Let's get something straight: we are all Catholics. As long as we remain true to the teachings of the Church then both groups are striving toward the same goal, Heaven, and we should support each other.
I personally like a healthy balance of both charism and traditionalism. I love the Latin Mass for example, I think it is absolutely beautiful, but at the same time I am never happier than when I am at a charismatic XLT. There is nothing wrong with either of these approaches as long as they remain true to Catholic teaching. And so we should not be hindering each other in our pursuit of the ultimate goal. We should rather be supporting each other as a community of faith. If the Latin Mass isn't your thing then don't go to it, but at the same time there is no reason that you can't support those who truly find God in it. The same with things like XLT, if it's not your style don't go but support your brothers and sisters in Christ who find God there.

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