In February of 2008 the Vatican press published a book written by the auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda Kazakhstan, Athanasius Schneider. The book, Dominus Est! (It is the Lord!) argues that the overwhelming magnitude and intimacy of God’s Mercy given to us the Holy Eucharist should inspire us to a most profound expression gratitude and adoration, in other words: we should fall on our knees! Fittingly, Pope Benedict XVI then chose the ensuing Feast of Corpus Christi to re-introduce the practice of kneeling, adoring at Holy Communion and encouraging communicants to receive Our Lord directly on the tongue. Since that time kneeling has been the practice at each and every papal Mass.
Sisters and brothers! Would it not be poetic if in this land where people chewing gum during Holy Communion may not be corrected, (so long as they are not kneeling when they chew!); if in this land where Consecrated Hosts are stolen and sold for the-devil-only-knows-what; if in this land where most church custodians can tell of instances where Jesus Christ has been tossed away—discarded like carnival litter! if in this land where the council of bishops pressures us into a lukewarm, smarmy, casual posture when we come before the One who was humiliated, tortured and crucified for us! would it not be perfect if in this land and in this very diocese named for the Sacredness of the Body of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, if at last the little people rebelled and said: Enough! Ya vasta! No more profanations! No more greasy familiarity! Corpus Christi Dominus est!
Kneeling Catholic is an insane person! A little person in Corpus Christi diocese insanely dedicated to presenting the Bishop of the most beautifully named diocese in all the world with a petition signed solely by us laity which begs his Excellency to follow the Pope’s example. Think of it sisters and brothers! Does His Holiness give us this humble example for us to ignore or to heed? Do not protest: ‘We are only laity!’ In the 4th century the vast majority of Catholic priests and bishops were ready to teach us Arianism – a lie—which tried to rob Jesus Christ of His Majesty. Three things stood in the way of their cowardly, blasphemous lie: Saint Athanasius, the Pope and the little people—the laity- us!
Is it not tragic that 17 centuries later we again are being mislead to rob Jesus Christ of His Majesty, passing Him out as if He were – to quote Athanasius Schneider—crackers at a picnic? But thanks be to God that He has again given us an Athanasius (Schneider)! And He has given us a Pope! What about ---- us?
To discover who Kneeling Catholic is, watch this slide show: ante El las Rodillas se doblan (Before Him knees will bend!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxkRVdPxDYo It honors the Mexican martyrs and the brave cristeros of the 1920’s. [They knew how to kneel for Jesus!] If it pumps fire into your veins, then you will know who Kneeling Catholic is.
Kneeling Catholic is you!