Holy Mass this morning was offered at the Church of Christ the King in Kalaw, where the traditional Mass was said daily until the death in 2000 of the heroic parish priest Fr Angelo Maria di Meo. The photos below begin with first blessings and end with a house blessing.
(A helpful note on the gradine: "Nomen Ordinarii Basilius"--whom we saw last night on his name day. The chalice on the tabernacle is inscribed with: "Fons vitae". The faithful gave responses in Latin, with the parish priest Fr Paul Harry also joining in the prayers at the foot of the altar.)
The homily observed that while Mary & Joseph protected the infant Christ, so God protected them, for example sending angels to instruct St Joseph. Similarly if we will protect the life of Christ born in us at baptism, then God Himself will protect us so that life may reach maturity.
Defending biological and spiritual life in Myanmar involves rejecting the evil introduction of industrial level abortion by western ideologues. Or have the people of Myanmar made so much sacrifice for freedom over past decades so that foreigners can come in to murder the most innocent? Marie Stopes already has 25 centres here and boasts of having killed over 37,000 babies in Burma in 2015. Like Herod who would sooner kill all the infant boys in Bethlehem rather than see himself overtaken by a new king, so western agencies, bloodthirsty as Moloch, promote abortion in developing countries in order to weaken them for fear of sharing the world's goods with them. For it is deplorable to claim one can relieve poverty by exterminating the poor.
Fr Mawdsley's homily exhorted the faithful present to pray Myanmar's government will refuse entry to abortion agencies as there is no end to their appetite for death, already killing millions across Europe and the Americas. In the USA aborted fetuses are illegally trafficked for body parts; in England they are dumped in rubbish bins.
While the 'world' promotes fornication, contraception and abortion, as if people are mere animals, for all these sins are deeply irrational, the Church's teaching elevates us with the truth about human dignity. She shows us how to gain self-mastery and to live chastely. This is real human development.
Yesterday in Taunggyi we handed a young priest a booklet by Robert Colquhounpertinent to this subject. Excerpts appear below.
Finally, the Burmese people have great natural virtue. That women dress modestly, with shoulders and legs covered, is almost universal. This signals something precious is being protected, a beauty which elicits respect from men rather than lust. Myanmar has much to teach the world.