[quote=Madaglan]Yes, I do have two Latin Rite priests with whom I speak on a regular basis.
The songs are beautiful, and I am aware that the songs are based on the Scriptures. I did not mean, when I said that they were written for Protestants, that they are unsuitable for Catholics ears. It is not the content that disturbs me. It is the fact that I see the use of these songs in a wider context–in the ecumenical context. And I think that to mix Protestant songs in the Catholic Mass (however noble and beautiful these songs are) is, if not doctrinally sound, at least unwise, as it lessens the focus on traditional Latin hymns, and on the atmosphere created by these hymns. Pope Benedict XVI himself likes the older Catholic hymns more, and has recently commented on this.
But this is my main theological contention The *personal *reason (as opposed to theological reason) I don’t like the Protestant hymns in church is because I personally find the tunes–not the Scriptural lyrics—as spiritually empty…to me personally, but probably not to others in the church. I really enjoy the older Latin hymns, as well as the Eastern services, such as the Paraklesis, or the Akathist hymns. In fact, just a few weeks ago, there was song I heard. It was absolutely beautiful, and the song and lyrics were composed in something like the 1200’s A.D.
I am not ignorant of Scriptures, btw. Your post sounds angry. I am sorry if what I wrote was not clear. I am very much concerned with presserving Church Tradition. I am also, admittedly, concerned for my spiritual well-being, which is in peril right now.
Well, prayer life is pretty good, considering my present situation, which is more or less the purgatative state of the Dark Night of the Soul. Do I spend organized time each day in prayer? Well, when I’m not thinking about literally killing myself over the very real mental, physical and spiritual torment, yes; when I am, I try my best to pray, but I cannot. I’m sorry, I cannot. I must lack faith in the Almighty.
I’ve tried just about every Latin series of prayers–from the Divine Chaplet, to Novenas, to the rosary, etc. Everything is so dry. Not to accuse you, but do you know what it’s like never having had a spiritual experience, never to have personally encountered God, through prayer, through the world, or through other people? I have never had this, and the past five years I have had serious depression, which makes it a constant struggle for me to pray, much less with with conviction. I have no emotions, each day is bleak and hopeless, empty of God. But every so often I do pray, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
Thank you for your words of comfort.
I can’t speak for whether they were written for Catholics or Protestants - or just plain old Christians. But I believe that most of the writers for OCP are writing for the Catholic Church.
If I sounded angry to you, I apologize; I re-read it and I don’t pick that up, but my keyboard doesn’t have much in the way of inflection…
It doesn’t sound like you lack faith; it sounds like you may be clinically depressed. And speaking from personal experience, that is not a particularly good position from which to make major life decisions. Get thee to a good counselor, and if necessary, a good doctor.
Ok, now instead of stream of coonsciousness response, I have read the entire post. You are depressed.
No, I don’t beleieve that pills are a magic potion, all to make the world rosy. But depression is a sign of a chemical imbalance in the noggin, and putting up with that is no walk in the park - as you are already aware.
Your problem, I strongly suspect, is not about the Eastern rites vs. the Western rite, or about preserving any traditions, but more about trying to hang on to some shreds of sanity, and these are your hooks. That doesn’t make them bad, or wrong. But you need to get your head straight, or at least calmed down to the point where the mental torment is not a torment.
Been there, done that, don’t care to wear the t-shirt. There is help; quit stalling or avoiding it. That is why God gave us intelligent and caring physicians.