(this is a copy of a facebook post of to-day from Cleveland Mass Mob)
Now, New York City Mass Mob
writes, "We are The Francis Effect!!". Our Francis has caught the
world's attention. For example, here in America, i am reading in several
quarters, about his positive charisma. Pope Francis generates good
will. In less than a year, he has had
ten years of newsworthy episodes of humanity, kindness, and words worth
remembering. Even in America, i should say the United States, because
America is not so small. America is from Alaska, where it almost kisses
Siberia, to the tip of Tierra del Fuego where the tiny islands of Chile
and Argentina point to Antarctica. People who are not religious, who do
not look favorably upon Christianity, or Catholics in particular, freely
say, "I like Francis", "I like this pope". Only the extreme religious
and anti-religious bigots, one issue extremists, and those that feel
their false idols are under clear and unambiguous attack have bad things
to say about Francis; but sometimes one is defined by who his friends,
and enemies, are. Those who felt entrenched are nervous, those that had
been disregarded feel hopeful.
Yes, i am interested in all
those things, and you should be too; but we, here, must be single minded
about our thing here, which is the Catholic flash mob as applied
locally in becoming the Cleveland Mass Mob. I repeat our mission
"We wish to attract people to come for a Mass, a
celebration of Liturgy and Eucharist, in a parish community of an
historical, and beautiful church. We plan to call for a flash mob, a
group of people to present themselves at a location. This will be a
Catholic Mass Mob to attend Mass."
This is a nascent
'movement'. Something happened in Buffalo. The environment of
conditions, and the spark in a few people's minds gave us this 'Buffalo
idea'. The spirit we would like to promote is appreciation that leads
to re-juvenation. The United States has relentlessly promoted a
disposable culture of immediate reward. So many of our societal problems
are children of this philosophy. Community has been attacked for
convenience and the desires of the aggressively ambitious and selfish.
We need to celebrate and cherish something more important and valuable.
"For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
These are the red letter words from the mouth of Jesus as recorded by
the evangelist Matthew. This is the charter for the parish, a group of
people in physical communion with the actual presence of Jesus with
them. This is why a parish is so important.
An hundred years
ago, and more, people crossed the ocean and came to a new country. Their
pennies, and dimes (for that was their wages) built edifices to house
their community in dignity and respect befitting what they believed
honored God. Often, these newcomers, 'greenhorns', were not welcomed by
the greater community. These churches were bulwarks aiding them to keep
the faith. Now, the progeny of some of these people are the
establishment, they are integrated in the general community; but they
hold a similar disregard for those who started those parishes, and built
those churches. These old parishes are our legacy, they are our
culture, they are part and parcel of our faith. So at least on occasion
we should flood their naves with the faithful.