Driving the other day, I noticed a truck that delivers Coca Cola. It had a beautiful paint job in a deep red with the original traditional Coke bottle in the old art form from around the 1900′s. In 1985, they had tried to be “with it”, “be modern”, “Classic Coke” was out. But it did not appeal to the customers like the traditional or classical representation of a Coke bottle. Tradition has mass appeal.
Yesterday I gave a retreat to the Guadalupana’s, (women who prepare for the yearly celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12). This is a picture of the white board.
Most of them are older and wanted to know about Euthanasia for old people. That led to talking about “old people’s medical care costs, (a lot of money for geriatric medicine). Because they are no longer paying taxes and are receiving government money when they get their social security checks, they are seen as a drain on the government and it is better if they die young (65). You can see it started with unwanted babies being murdered. Now it has come to no medical care for the unwanted old people who are the same “Baby Boomers” who voted in favor for murdering unwanted babies by abortion. What goes around comes around, sooner or later.
Part of the retreat was simply showing beautiful Catholic Art, the beauty of the Latin Mass and the beauty of the vestments worn for the Latin Mass. They deeply loved it. You can also see on the white board the Sacrifice of the Latin Mass, not being about us (Ego), but being all about God.
“Deep in the soul of man is a love for the beautiful, the sacred and the eternal beyond. All we need to do is show people traditional Catholic art, liturgy, vestments, and the soul of the other, will automatically speak interiorly for us as to which is of value, the “new” catholicism since Vatican II, or the traditional Catholicism of all ages.
Tourist from all over the world pay a lot of money and wait hours and hours to be able to visit the Vatican Museum. Most are not Catholic, yet they know that there is something worthwhile in Catholic art.
Probably if the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo had not been so famous, the post Vatican II modernist would have painted over it. Their reason for having done this would be that they deem traditional art, with Judgement and Hell, as old fashion and incorrectly depicts God as being “judgmental”. They “fantasize” that God is just love without His divine Justice.
At some point, after Vatican II, someone moved the altar in the Sistine Chapel out from the wall to accommodate “modern liturgy”. Pope Benedict XVI moved it back closer the the wall and offered the Sacrifice of the Mass Ad Orientam, (toward God). Fads, religious and worldly, come and go. But God is the same yesterday, tomorrow and forever. “Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today; and the same for ever”. Hebrews 13: 8.
Most Catholics, and other worldly people, like pop, rock, hip-hop, rap, jazz, metallic and satanic music. Few Catholics, and others, like Gregorian Chant or Classical Music. And the reason for this is that they were never blessed to be exposed or educated in the traditional fine arts.
The Hindu’s who believe that the “grass eating cow” is sacred. They know no better. That is their false concept of the divine. And so it is with most Catholics who have not been exposed to the sacred, the divine and the sublime.
We traditional Catholics need to lovingly open their eyes to what is true, sacred and beyond. Their God made souls will tell the rest for us. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and know what God likes and what our souls can enjoy and find the Divine in.