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Food For Thought
“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
- Bl. John Paul II
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- Edward Everett Hale
Daily Archives: 16 April 2006
Concerning the title of lay people who help the priest and deacons distribute, I could write reams of material. Suffice to say that the proper term is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Extraordinary Minister of Holy CommunionÃ¢â‚¬Â. The bishop, priest and deacon are the only Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ministers of the EucharistÃ¢â‚¬Â. Lay people are never Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ministers of the EucharistÃ¢â‚¬Â, but they can be, in case of genuine necessity, a great help in distribution of Communion, either in church or to the homebound, and so forth. It is helpful to review what the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments wrote in its document Redemptionis Sacramentum about the participation of lay people involving the Eucharist (my emphasis):…
In our prayer today we recognize the Ã¢â‚¬Å“renewalÃ¢â‚¬Â that we as a Church have experienced. Like grains of wheat we fell and died during Lent. We rise now to life and bear fruit. Just as we prune flowering bushes and certain trees and they then burst into even more abundant blossoms and fruit, we too are pruned back in Lent. And not only in Lent, but constantly during the year. Each Friday is a little Lent when we are all required by law to do penance. Each Sunday is a little Easter when we rise to new life. Each week is a chance for us to bear great fruit because of the ongoing cycle of dying and rising.
The Church is being forced into a new kind of fast through the scandals caused by wicked clergy. It is bad enough that the people of God have been cheated of their heritage for decades through a poor or even maliciously false implementation of the liturgical reforms mandated by the Second Vatican Council. It is bad enough that catechetics have been neglected or subverted. It is bad enough that seminaries were hijacked by ideologically driven dissenters. Now we are being brought as a Church to pay for the sins of bishops and priests who commit the abomination of sexual abuse of children and minors. While I loathe the way the media exaggerates the charges and inflates the numbers of men involved, I cannot help but be grateful in a reserved way. Jackals clean the land of rotting flesh, after all. They cull the sick of the herd. I think that we have at last now the chance to clean our house with a real spring cleaning. Just as Lent (which means Ã¢â‚¬Å“springÃ¢â‚¬Â) is our spiritual preparation through penance and mortifications and Easter is our Resurrection, so too as a Church we must now go into the desert and fast and suffer and pray. The enemy of the soul will tear at us, tempting us to vainglory, pride, desire for material comfort. Continue reading
The collect has a Trinitarian dimension, making mention of all three Divine Persons. Also, the collect emphasizes central importance of this day in our lives as Christians. We are shaped by and destined for the resurrection. This is an integral part of the faith we profess every Sunday in the Creed. Since ancient times at Easter we renew our profession of faith as one transformed people. In the ancient Church catechumens had a long period of preparation for their admittance to the sacred mysteries. They were permitted to attend the liturgy of the Word and then sent out of the church for the Eucharistic liturgy. At Easter time, they were required to Ã¢â‚¬Å“give back the faithÃ¢â‚¬Â by standing before the congregation of the already baptized and recite their profession of faith. At Easter the doors were opened to them and, anointed, baptized and clad in white linen robes and sandals, they beheld the Eucharistic dimension of Mass for the first time. They were permitted to stand within the sanctuary, the cancelli, reserved to the bishop and priests. Continue reading
Here is my rendering of the 1970 Missale Romanum version of the Exultet. Alas, there is no space to give you the Latin also. The Exultet is also called the Praeconium Paschale. Paschale is an adjective of a Latinized Hebrew word pascha, for the Passover meal of the lamb. The sure and certain Lewis & Short Dictionary says the adjective praeconius, -a, -um is Ã¢â‚¬Å“of or belonging to a praeco or public crierÃ¢â‚¬Â while the substantive praeconium is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a crying out in public; a proclaiming, spreading abroad, publishing.Ã¢â‚¬Â In a Christian context this of course also infers the Good News! A praeconium is simultaneously a profession of faith and a call to faith extended to all who hear. Continue reading