Romans 8:18 Fratres, Existimo, quod non sunt condignae passiones hujus temporis ad futuram gloriam, quae revelabitur in nobis; Brethren, I reckon that the suffering of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
Luke 5:10b Et ait ad Simonem Jesus: Noli timere: ex hoc jam homines eris capiens; And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
Dear Traditional Latin Mass parishioners and friends,
I hope that week by week those who attend the Traditional Latin Mass are becoming more comfortable with these ancient rites. It is well worth the time to learn to pray the Traditional Mass well. I sincerely believe that the best method is one that leads to contemplation. In that contemplation many graces are given, many consolations. Of course, the Christian life is one of struggle between good and evil. The obvious place to turn to inspire prayer are the Scriptures and prayers the Church has selected for us from week to week at the Mass.
Way back in October of 1978 I stood outside the central loggia of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, awaiting the announcement of the new pope. Just like we recently experienced in the election of Pope Francis, the new pope was Blessed John Paul II. I will never forget his first words to the city of Rome and to the world: “Do not be afraid.” These are the words of the Scriptures, often spoken by the Lord Himself. With Jesus we can face all problems even those that cause us to fear and tremble. Pope John Paul II was probably thinking of all those who might lose hope under the tyranny of atheistic communism, which seemed undefeatable. He proved prophetic in taking a firm stand on the side of Christ and His Gospel, rather than give in to the powers of despair and darkness.
Saint Paul in his letter to the Romans makes clear that no matter how hard this life may be, nor how painful our sufferings, they are not experienced in vain. We must keep our focus on heaven and its glory. God will be vindicated in the end. We must never be separated from the Lord and His Church. We stand firm.
If we stand firm in our faith in Christ and His Church, we will not only weather the storms of life but we will become instruments of God’s many graces. Like St. Peter and the apostles we will no longer catch fish but men for the kingdom. Marvelous things happen to those who trust God. Thanks again for your trusting faith. Do not be afraid!
Fr. Mark G. Mazza
Chaplain to the Traditional Latin Mass Society