Martha, Martha, Martha!

Letters to the editor like this make me want to knock people upside the head (–/article_c187e142-821c-525f-b428-fed7aa7f6898.html):

Where are the priorities of the Catholic church — Jane Lynk

I was very angry after reading about the closing of the Bethel Lutheran homeless shelter. The article just below it was about Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino’s push to move the tabernacle of churches to a more central location.

Really? Where are the priorities here? What needs to be central is helping the poor and using church funds to actually live the teachings of the Bible.

It makes this Catholic wonder about the priorities of the men making these proclamations, and not for the first time. Delusions of grandeur come to mind here.

Pope Francis is the church leader, and he is repeatedly asking all of us to help the poor. Maybe Morlino needs to open his mail. It’s enough to make a lifelong Catholic head to the Lutheran church.

— Jane Lynk, Marshall

First of all, anyone think it’s odd that Ms. Lynk is mad at the Catholic Church for the Lutheran church closing a shelter? And why is she mad at the Bishop Morlino, who had no bearing in that action? Wouldn’t it seem that her ire should go toward the city who refused to increase the budget and who chose to disassociate with the Lutheran Church? And the biggest question for Ms. Lynk is why doesn’t she get off her behind and do something for the homeless herself? So many different ways to do that these days, starting with three words: “GO FUND ME.”

Next, it’s clear Bishop Morlino has much work to do in this diocese, since “this Catholic” really doesn’t have a clue about Catholicism. She may want to wander through the bible to the story of Mary and Martha. This one is definitely a Martha. Martha, Martha!

Here’s a refresher for Ms. Lynk:

38 In one of the villages he entered during his journey, a woman called Martha entertained him in her house. 39 She had a sister called Mary; and Mary took her place at the Lord’s feet, and listened to his words. 40 Martha was distracted by waiting on many needs; so she came to his side, and asked, Lord, art thou content that my sister should leave me to do the serving alone? Come, bid her help me. 41 Jesus answered her, Martha, Martha, how many cares and troubles thou hast! 42 But only one thing is necessary; and Mary has chosen for herself the best part of all, that which shall never be taken away from her.

I’m betting there’s more to her ire against Bishop Morlino. Clearly, she doesn’t understand ANTYHING about the Eucharist, which is why she doesn’t have a clue when it comes to Bishop Morlino’s plan to move tabernacles fron t and center. She’s the perfect example of why Bishop Morlino wants this! Some do not grasp the Source and Summit of our Faith!!! Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, should be the center of our world and given the highest priority, if we hope to have ANYTHING else fall into place. Bishop Morlino is trying to get us to choose “the best part of all” so that we can deal with all of the other ills of our society.

Big kudos to Bishop Morlino!


9 thoughts on “Martha, Martha, Martha!

  1. Why does she think it’s either/or? (Either have beautuful reverent liturgy or help the poor…)

    The Catholic Church encourages both.

    I bet she has no idea how much the Church as well as individual Catholics do for the poor in her diocese.

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  2. I think Jane was just stating that she was already angry because of the closing of the Lutheran homeless center when she read the article about Bishop Morlino’s plan to move tabernacles to a more central location.

    Obviously, what happened at the Lutheran church has nothing to do with the Catholic Church. Mentioning that just makes her letter confusing.

    I think that you are right, on several counts.

    First, that her ire is directed at Bishop Morlino, who is, by the way, a humble, wise and Godly bishop. Second, like so many Catholics, her catechesis was clearly inadequate. Third, his Excellency is doing exactly what he should be doing.

    Let’s look at some sources.

    In his blog, Father Z. comments at length about the story, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal, on his blog.

    Let us take a look at the two main documents governing the Church’s Sacred Tradition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law.

    From the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    1183 The tabernacle is to be situated “in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.”61 The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.

    1379 The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

    From the Code of Canon Law

    Can. 938

    §1. The Most Holy Eucharist is to be reserved habitually in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory.

    §2. The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved is to be situated in some part of the church or oratory which is distinguished, conspicuous, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer.

    §3. The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved habitually is to be immovable, made of solid and opaque material, and locked in such a way that the danger of profanation is avoided as much as possible.

    §4. For a grave cause, it is permitted to reserve the Most Holy Eucharist in some other fit-ting and more secure place, especially at night.

    §5. The person responsible for the church or oratory is to take care that the key of the tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved is safeguarded most diligently.

    The consecrated host becomes the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The appropriate term for this is “Real Presence.” Any unused portion of the body must be stored in a place suitable for the Son of God, Savior of Mankind, and King of kings. Rubbermaid or Tupperware just won’t cut it. Hence, we have the Tabernacle. (If you pay attention, you will notice that the priest always consumes all of the consecrated blood. It is never thrown away.)

    The Tabernacle and the Alter are the two most important objects in any Catholic church or shrine. They are the two objects most intimately involved in the Eucharist. The whole point of a church is to provide a setting for a communal celebration of the Eucharist. Everything else is subordinate to the Eucharist. The remaining six sacraments are all, in one way or another, linked to the Eucharist. Without the Eucharistic celebration, there is no Mass and we might as well be Protestants.

    God’s Blessings,

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  3. I just added my two cents worth. I could have shortened it considerably by quoting what the American novelist Flannery O’Connor said about the Eucharist: “it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable.”

    Or Donald W. Cardinal Wuerl, in “Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to God,” where he says: “He [Christ] is more present to us [in the Eucharist] than he was to his Apostles during his public ministry, even though they could see his face and limbs and we cannot. We can receive him into our bodies and souls; they could not.”

    If you want to wind me up, disrespect the Eucharist. Ultimately, this was the final selling point in my conversion. In it, He vouchsafed His promise that He would always be with us. We can never show the Tabernacle and Alter too much respect.


  4. The first thought I had was “Uh…why is she mad at the Catholic Church because the Lutherans closed their shelter?” I think ‘this Catholic’ needs to learn to read a little better.

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