Pulling Up Stumps (Kind of)

Well this post probably won't come as a suprise to regular readers over the last few weeks, but I am withdrawing from regular weekly postings here at Being Frank.

I've enjoyed it – even when I've had posts that people disagree strongly with, or are apathetic to, and most especially when I've gained encouragement from people's kind comments.

I'd planned to post here for a year, and I've come close to fulfilling that, but things have changed for me since I first took on the role. Family life is busier, and my work demands and pressures have grown enormously. It has come to a point for me where I have to prioritise where I can offer my time and energy.

I plan to leave the door ajar slightly by posting less regularly, so you might find the odd post here on a Thursday, but it's unlikely to be every week anymore. I also want to be in a position to post when I am inspired by something, or have something to genuinely offer for debate or reflection, rather than feeling like, "it's Thursday, what I am I going to post about this week?". And if I'm honest, that's how I have felt sometimes. As Lucia Maria commented last week, you have to be passionate about blogging or else don't bother. And that comment of hers really made me think deeply about my involvement here. I want to contribute because I genuinely have something to offer, not out of a sense of obligation, or because it's "my day to post".

So it's not really a goodbye, but rather than being the familiar neighbour who pops in here for a chat every week, I might be more like the long-lost relative who turns up unexpectedly from time to time. I hope to also get involved more in the other side of the fence through commenting etc.

Thanks one and all, Boan.

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    Comments: 9

    1. Rubyshine July 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Boanerges, thank you for all of your posts. I have always found them interesting and have enjoyed your gentle and good-humoured commentary.

      Selfishly, I hope that the demands of your life allow you to visit us often,but you are absolutely right to find a balance for yourself.

      Best wishes to you.

    2. Teresina July 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Boanerges, I agree.  I think the best posts come when there is something we are concerned about that we wish to raise.  I am sure you will find over the coming months – with the state of things – there are going to be plenty of things you feel you want to post on.  Thanks for all you've posted so far.

    3. Lucia Maria July 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Sounds good, Boan, posting when you feel like it.  That's what this place needs.  I've always thought the one post a day thing happening here very formulaic and staid and inhibiting.  Blogging is not like that, blogging requires spontenaity and just responding to whatever moves you.  If you lose that, it becomes a drag after a while.

    4. Teresina July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      This article is about something that I believe we should really being pulling up stumps on and that is about the awful music we have to endure at most Sunday Masses .  This priest (a convert) explains why praise and worship music is not worship and he says:

      "As I knelt there in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I realized something. The same people were doing the music who were doing it fifteen years before. It was the same music, the same songs that I made fun of when I was the age of the kids who were in the pews behind me. How relevant is that? But this time the kids who were there just seemed bored. I asked them afterwards what they thought of it, and one young man said, “Well, that was ok, I guess. When are we having another Latin Mass, Father?”

      Of all of my friends from high school who were Life Teeners, not one of them is a practicing Catholic anymore. Will the kids today who are raised on a diet of Praise and Worship continue to practice the Faith when they are no longer of that age middle-aged people in the Church want to cater to? I don’t know. But my experience has brought me to reflect on why Praise and Worship Music is not appropriate for the liturgy".


    5. Vatican2Survivor July 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm


      Absolutely agree with you Tersina.

       Thanks  to Pope Benedict's Summorium pontificum, in the USA the number of Latin Mass parishes has burgeoned from 12 to over 900 in such a short time, and in France in ten to fifteen years the Latin Masses will again predominate in frequency. it is not hard to imagine therefore what the solution to the guitar problem will be.

      Whats happened to Werahiko has he hung up his football boots and axe?

    6. Teresina July 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Vat2Survivor – thanks for the words of support.  It be a while before we get any change but we can at least listen to beautiful change thanks to the internet:


      As for Werahiko, I was wondering myself.  Perhaps he's got himself involved in parish mergers in the Hamilton Diocese – perhaps we should call him Trev for short?  Whatever, he may have pulled up stumps and gone to greener pastures.  I must admit to being stumped

    7. Abenader July 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

      So this is where we have got to? 


      Full steam ahead then? 

    8. Teresina July 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Abernader, I don't believe so.  I listened to the sermon of this white headed  priest – a complete liberal.  This is the last hurrah for the liberals.  Having tried to liberalise the Church for the last 50 years they are going all out to try and push for what they haven't been able to achieve so far.  I think what Bishop Schneider has to say is correct that the liberals are going to walk once they find that the constant teaching on divorce, etc, cannot be overturned.  Cardinal Burke  has also said that, quite frankly, Pope Francis doesn't have the power to do that.  I believe there is an attempt through media pressure to change Church teaching, so we will have to see what will come from this Synod of the Family.

    9. Teresina July 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

      I am seriously thinking of pulling up stumps and going to a diocese where I can get the traditional Mass at least on a Sunday.  I seriously doubt this is ever going to occur in the Hamilton Diocese.  I always thought that I would be satisfied with a Novus Ordo Mass said reverently and following the rubrics but no longer find that to be the case.  If I stay in the Hamilton Diocese the only possibility is to attend the SSPX Mass but in their current situation that doesn't feel right to me.   What I think is summed up in an article I read by Fr Ripperger which concludes:


      It is safe to say that, objectively speaking, with respect to the ritual itself the old rite of Mass has an ability to merit more than the new rite of Mass. While this merit is accidental, since the essential or intrinsic merit of the Mass, which is the Sacrifice of Christ, is the same in both rites, it is nevertheless something serious. Since the faithful are the beneficiaries of the fruits derived from this aspect of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we have a grave obligation to consider the impact that this factor may be having on the life of the Church. While it is not our intention to denigrate the new rite, we must recognize that the ritual of Mass used in the old rite is more meritorious and therefore more beneficial for the people who assist at it and for the priests who offer it.

      Father Chad Ripperger, F.S.S.P., is a professor at St. Gregory’s diocesan minor seminary and Our Lady of Guadalupe seminary, both in Nebraska.  

      I think that what Fr Ripperger says about the old rite being more beneficial for the people who assist at it and for the priests who offer it is the reason why attendance at the old rite of the Mass is being actively dissuaded against in this country.  It is quite a long article but well worth reading to follow Fr Ripperger's reasoning.  Reading what he has to say I see now why people have struggled for so long to be able to attend the old rite of the Mass because that is what the soul is yearning for …