September 09, 2009

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The Mass recapitulates, reexperiences, all of Christ’s life and thus church history. I suddenly realized that – DUH! The Gloria is Christmas! We’re singing with the angels (in the new translation at least) — “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of goodwill”! It’s CHRISTMAS! The start of Mass is the Annunciation. That time when the priest says, the Lord be with you — he’s talking Emmanuel. It’s like Gabriel and Mary all in one! The Gloria is Christmas, the Liturgy of the Word is the public life of Christ, the Creed is Peter and the rest believing. Then everything from the Offertory on is the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. (Well, that part I did know.) Then after Communion, the Lord sends us on our way with the Great Commission. When the Real Presence is no longer present within us, it’s Ascension. And the whole time we look toward the East, if we do, we’re looking toward the Second Coming. - Suburban Banshee

I may be weird, but I like the NRSV and ESV the best of those mentioned. The NIV, TNIV, and NLT treated Paul as the first Lutheran.- commenter concerning bible versions on Scott McKnight's "Jesus Creed" blog

So often in my life, especially since my rediscovery of faith, I have found that God fills me with such tremendous graces as a means of preparing me for some struggle or another. I remember when I was diagnosed with cancer, those first two weeks or so I was flooded with grace and an overwhelming sense of the presence of God in my life, a gift I recognize was given to me so that I would be able to maintain hope during those subsequent weeks of great spiritual darkness. It is very easy in this life to lose trust in God, to forget that we are indeed under His loving providence, and that He loves us more than we could ever know. I believe that was the case again here, where God blessed me with such a magnificent experience of community, of the Augustinian vocation, just as the first real challenges would arise. These past few days have had some struggles, some hardships, some of which I anticipated, some I certainly did not. At first they began to weigh on me, until finally I was able to remember that I did not join religious life because I sought a life of comfort, but rather because it is where I trust that God is calling me and that for me it is the truest path to God. It is the same for someone called to marriage. A marriage is certainly going to have difficulties, but one does not choose marriage because it is easy, but rather because love compels each towards the other. And it is that love that not only makes the struggles endurable, but that even transfigures those struggles into virtue. - Psalm 46:11 - A Journey to Truth

Acedia,[Kathleen] Norris wrote, is essentially, an unwillingness to accept God’s gift of today... I would rather just skim the surface of the present, driving up and down 280 several times a day, then sitting and re-watching every single episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, thinking of how Michael would say Suzie was me (gee, thanks) and how Jeff reminded him of his friend Brian. Which over the past month, is exactly what I have done...The server brought a box, the bill and a fortune cookie. I wondered what it would say. I cracked open the crescent, bent in on itself, and pulled out the slip of paper. I almost felt the need to brace myself. Stop it, I said. Superstition.Working hard will make you live a happy life. Well. - Amy Welborn via Bill of Summa Minutiae

It seems strange to think of the modern WWJD movement and all these obviously Catholic characters and quirks as branches from a single vine. Yet they are all clearly rooted in the same desire to follow Jesus as closely as possible--to be able to say, as did St. Paul, that Christ lives in one. WWJD is what you have left of the Catholic brand of discernment after you take the Eucharist away. The Catholic (and therefore, original) version of WWJD dates from the first century and can be abbreviated as QVD: Quo Vadis, Domine? Note the essential difference. It is not, "Where would Jesus go?" It is, "Where are You going, Lord?" So St. Peter followed Him into Rome and to an upside-down cross . . . his brother St. Andrew followed Him into Scotland and to yet another kind of cross . . . St. Anthony of Egypt followed Him into the desert . . . St. Augustine and St. Anselm followed Him into the episcopacy . . . St. Monica followed Him by following her own son . . - Sancta Sanctis

Latin orations, especially the Post-Communion orations, tend to conclude strongly with a teleological or eschatological point. The new translations in English follow the sequence of these Latin prayers in order to end on a strong note. One example from Tuesday of the First Week of Lent:

"Grant us through these mysteries, Lord,
that by tempering earthly desires
we may learn to love the things of heaven."

In colloquial speech we would probably say, “we may learn to love the things of heaven by tempering earthly desires.” Yet the order is reversed. The result: there is now a strong teleological emphasis on the things of heaven.

This use of inversion is a characteristic of the Latin Missal. In the Proper of Seasons, eighteen of the Prayers after Communion (14%) use inversions. The result is powerful. When prayed, the prayer does not simply dribble off into insignificance. It retains the distinctive theological emphases of the Latin text. In fact, the slightly non-colloquial word order leads the listener to a greater attentiveness to the point of the prayer.
- taken from the Address of Bishop Arthur Serratelli to the 2008 National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

Handy Hint for Conscience Formation of Vowed Religious #7: Quoting Martin Luther approvingly is a bad sign. - semper helpful Tom of Disputations on a nun supporting women's ordination

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