I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.  For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you.

I mean that each of you is saying, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Kephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”   Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Cor 10-13

As things have been pretty slow around here I’ve had to augment my income as a contractor, this has eaten up my days & eliminated my ability to attend daily morning mass (Except Saturdays) so I’ve had to scrounge for evening masses in my area.

With the exception of Mondays when I’m committed to Eucharist Adoration at the time of evening mass the only day I hadn’t found a Mass within reach was Thursday until a fellow adorer mentioned a Thursday evening mass that takes place in Still River MA 4 PM at the chapel of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a group of sisters who wear the traditional Habit even when they aren’t fundraising.

This mass is in the pre Vatican form (Also known as the Tridentine Mass).  It is in Latin, with the priest facing the Blessed Sacrament and all of the mass (expect the homily) in Latin and Holy Communion is received kneeling at the Alter rail with an Alter boy holding a salver beneath your chin.

I’m not old enough to remember the old mass & I’ve only attended two such high masses in my lifetime but now that I’m attending this one regularly following along in English with the old style Mass book the thing that strikes me the most is now how much the two mass styles are different but how much they are the same.

Both have the liturgy of the word and in both masses the Gospel is honored above basic scripture, many of the prayers said by the priest are almost identical and some prayers like the Angus Dei (Lamb of God) & the Penitential Rite are said by both the priest & the congregation in the current mass rather than the priest & the servers alone.  Both the old mass and the new mass have prayers that rotate with the day and readings that go on a cycle.

Even in the communion rite consider, with both the new mass & the old mass the orientation of worship is on the Host & cup as the actual body & blood of Christ.

In fact one might even suggest that with the new mass with the sacrifice in plain view of the congregation & the priest facing it, the entire body of Christ in Attendance is focused on the Blessed Sacrament.

The biggest difference, the old mass contains the “last Gospel” after communion almost always John 1:14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;  the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.  He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.  The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.

He came to what was his own, but his own people 7 did not accept him.  But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.  And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

Now logically this should be no surprise.  The old mass is the template of the old mass just as the new Mass is derivative of the old but to hear some people talk you would think the old mass is all about exclusion and the new mass all about permissiveness.

I don’t see that at all, there are things to be said for both masses both have advantages.

The advantage of the modern mass is that being in the vernacular people can all understand it.

The advantage of the old mass is that it’s consistent so no matter where you are the latin is the same.

The advantage of the modern mass is that the congregation is more engaged in what is happening in the mass and praying key prayers directly

The advantage of the old mass is the prayer in both orientation and style is more reverent & focused on the worship of God.

The advantage of the modern mass is the consecration of  bread & wine is in full view of the congregation so they can clearly worship and the focus of both priest & congregation is on the blessed sacrament

The advantage of the old mass is the extreme care and respect is given to the Body & Blood of Christ to the point where the fingers used to dispense communion are thoroughly rinsed into the chalice after communion. 

Now that I attend both regularly let me say this.  I don’t think God is any less worshiped by the faithful at one or the other, it all comes down to the priest & the congregation.  If the priest is devout & reverent the modern mass is just as reverent as the old one.  If the congregation learns the prayers and says the responses quietly they can each be personally involved in the mass.

A person who regularly prayers the Rosary isn’t no less worshiping God than a person who regularly prays the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or the Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel.   A person who reveres St. Padre Pio is no less seeking God than one who reveres St. Pope John XXIII or St. Pope John Paul II or St. John Vianney.

If for you the Tridentine Mass brings you closer to God then if it’s available to you by all means attend it and if the reverse is true for you by all means dive into the current Mass.

For me I’d discovered that attending both has improved my appreciation of the Mass as a whole and the full richness of worship in the Church.

Remember it’s not about factions it’s about worship, so let all celebrate whichever Mass we do as a vital weekly or daily stop on the road to salvation.

By John Ruberry

This summer a wonderful story emerged from the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city which has gained international infamy for violence. The story was almost perfect. The Little League team from Jackie Robinson West Park, consisting entirely of African-Americans, became the Little League champions of the United States. They were runner-ups in the Little League World Series, falling to a South Korean team.

Baseball’s popularity among young blacks has been slipping since the 1970s. After a peak of 19 percent in 1986, the percentage of African-Americans playing Major League Baseball has dropped to 8 percent. The decline of organized inner-city youth baseball is certainly a factor in this athletic demographic shift.

Oh, one of the players for JRW, 12 year-old Jaheim Benton, was homeless. But after the Little League World Series, a donor gave his family a rent-free home for a year. The city held a victory parade for the team followed by a rally where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn lauded their triumph. Jackie Robinson West met with President Obama at the White House. Chicago Magazine named JRW its Chicagoans of the Year.

On the their way to the Series, Jackie Robinson West crushed the local opposition, including a 43-2 stomping of the team from Evergreen Park, a predominantly white suburb near the territory of JRW.

But last week DNAinfo Chicago, in a detailed article, reported on the allegations from, Chris Janes, an official of the Evergreen Park team, that some of the JRW players didn’t live within the designated boundaries of its Little League territory. Bill Haley, the president of Jackie Robinson West, denies the allegations.

The evidence that Janes right is quite strong. US Rep. Robin Kelly Tweeted that three members of JRW lived in the suburban part of her Chicago area district. In its “Faces in the Crowd” feature, Sports Illustrated reported on another player who resided in the suburb of Homewood. Two other suburbs boasted of their own athlete on Jackie Robinson West, while other players lived outside of the JRW territory–but in the city, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

Little League International dismissed Janes’ charges that JRW was effectively a regional all-star team. Their response is that Jackie Robinson West provided the necessary documentation to prove residency for its players. However, for reasons that no one can explain, LLI doesn’t disclose the boundaries for each individual league. And some JRW parents counter their boys are from split families, with one parent residing within the league’s zone. But claiming residency in an area for the sole reason of being able to join a team is against LLI’s rules.

Local media has dutifully reported on Janes’ allegations, and JRW’s denial, but they haven’t delved into the the details of DNA Info Chicago’s story.

Perhaps they don’t want to dismantle that almost perfect story of black kids from a bad neighborhood becoming champions. Or maybe Chicago reporters are afraid of being labelled racist.

Ruberry brothers, author center, in their Little League days

But if Jackie Robinson West did cheat, team officials should be held accountable and the JRW national championship should be revoked.

Little League is a big business, LLI has a $60 million TV contract with ESPN that runs through 2022.

Call me old-fashioned, but youth sports are supposed to build character and more. My oldest brother was a Little League coach in New England. While his team was being clobbered during a game, opposing players taunted his youngsters with derogatory chants. My brother objected to the other team’s coach, telling him, “Hey, isn’t this game supposed to be educational?” Well if it was that day, some boys were clearly learning the wrong lesson.

Putting ringers on a team is the wrong lesson too.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday afternoon while people were busy protesting against police at the Mall of America two police officers in Brooklyn were murdered execution style.

They were not in the process of violating tax laws passed by liberals in the state of New York like Eric Garner, they had not just robbed or muscled a store owner like Michael Brown, they were simply in their car doing the job they were hired to do.  Protecting the public and were killed for it.

There are many who have for ratings & or  financial and political gain lionized those who have violated the law and demonized those who enforce it over the last several week and months.  They have done so publicly and proudly.

So when I see self-serving tweets like this:

and this

and this

and this

and statements like this from the AG’s office:

“This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Holder said in a statement. “On behalf of all those who serve in the United States Department of Justice, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the officers’ loved ones and colleagues.”

You will forgive me if I tend to doubt their sincerity

I don’t hold the ignorant & naive  college students who apparently were not taught by their parents the realities of life nor do I blame the ignorant on twitter who are cheering this, for I expect no better from them.

The people I have quoted above, however,  are public figures and those figures,  elected and appointed,  should know better.  (I submit DID know better yet charted their course anyway).

Mayor DiBlasio & Barack Obama were lawfully elected and Eric Holder lawfully appointed to their public positions.  The people of the United States and New York City choose them therefore they must live with the consequences, however outrageous,  of these choices, unless they choose to remove themselves from office (Mr. Holder resigned months ago but still holds his office pending the confirmation of his replacement)  we are pretty much stuck with them.

However Al Sharpton hasn’t been elected to anything, he is a TV host on the MSNBC network (Currently owned by cable giant Comcast) and MSNBC has chosen to give him a daily show on their network.

I submit and suggest that by giving his a public platform on their network MSNBC has endorsed his statements and actions of the last several months, and if they continue to do so they implicitly endorse the events of Saturday in NYC.

You might say, “But DaTechGuy Mr. Sharpton has 1st Amendment rights” indeed he does, but said right does not extend to programing on MSNBC, if that was the case then I would demand one myself.

I call upon the network to immediately “suspend” Mr. Sharpton and remove his show from their lineup.

It is their network and they of course have the perfect right to ignore my call for this action, conversely I have the perfect right to express my opinion that a failure to do so is a direct endorsement of the events of Saturday afternoon by MSNBC and by their parent company Comcast and consumers should act accordingly.

The Comcast contact page is here.

You can contact MSNBC here.

Or perhaps you might choose to contact their advertisers, I’m sure they must be delighted to have their brands associated with the face of the anti-police movement at this time.

Closing thought, If Comcast decides the Rev Al is a liability & removes him from MSNBC & said reverend’s followers quit the network in protest, would anyone be left watching?

Update 2nd potential murder thwarted when gun jams:

A second slay attempt on NYPD officers was narrowly avoided early Sunday when a gunman’s weapon jammed as he took aim at two cops outside a Bronx housing project, sources said.

Investigators grabbed the wannabe cop killer after he dropped his gun and ran into the Millbrook Houses on Saint Anns Ave. in Port Morris, sources said.

Yup no pattern here.

Update: Ed Driscoll links and notes an advantage of Sharpton staying where he is:

However, reasonable people can disagree with Ingemi as to whether or not Sharpton should be dumped in the rapidly escalating wake of the violent protests Sharpton helped gin up. As with past anchors Keith Olberman at his must lunatic, Alec Baldwin at his most violent, and Martin Bashir at his most scatological, Al Sharpton is the spokesman for MSNBC — and Comcast — right now. After all, Sharpton is “all the things” its network president thinks “that MSNBC is.” as the network’s president says. And he’s a powerful daily reminder of just much hatred lurks in the hearts of the left:

A fair point, but I think prosperity trumps it, additionally the more we make the unacceptable acceptable the more we enable the next Sharpton, much better to make vice unacceptable and the fall of Sharpton might generate courage in those who appease him.

We need to defeat him and make him feel defeated.

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