Dear friends of the traditional Latin Mass,
Again, thank you to all those who have generously given of themselves in bringing about the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass at the parish of Star of the Sea in San Francisco. You are doing a great job. Your patience with me and my helpers from nearby and further afield is much appreciated. The traditional Mass requires attention to many details and the cooperation of many people. Let us resolve from the beginning to be united in our efforts for the greater honor and glory of God and our Holy Mother the Church.
Those who pray Compline are familiar with the epistle used at Holy Mass today. The image of the devil like a hungry, roaring, lion is meant to wake us up before it is too late and our souls have been lost for all eternity. “Be sober and watch” could not be clearer. The image of the devil just eating up souls is developed Aquinas tells us that the Lord would have gone through with His suffering and death to save just one soul, yet He has brought salvation to countless souls. The image of the lost sheep or coins is familiar to us. In the Douay-Rheims translation the silver coins are called “groats.” In later translations they were called “drachmas.” Jesus offers each of us all the graces and love needed to go to well in C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Our discipleship is that important. We need to be vigilant, on guard, least we be deceived by the evil one. Nevertheless, we must not exaggerate his power. He is not equal to God. He has been defeated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Gospel this week from Luke 15: 1-10 brings out the point that Jesus wants all to be saved. Of course, that does not mean that all will be. Clearly there are souls that will be lost, but the Lord does not want that. His love reaches out to forgive. Jesus does not gladly condemn. Saint Thomas heaven, but He never forces us. We must respond in faith, in love, in hope. Therefore, may each of us renew our commitment to be loyal and faithful Catholics “fortes in fide.”
Yours in the Lord,
The Reverend Father Mark G. Mazza
Chaplain to the Latin Mass Society