Daily Archives: 27 May 2006

Benedict in Poland on priests and “affective maturity”

In his address to priests in the Warsaw cathedral the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI said (emphasis mine): In reality, we grow in affective maturity when our hearts adhere to God. Christ needs priests who are mature, virile, capable of … Continue reading

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I am delighted to report that one of our participants has sent an audio file of the Internet Prayer in Swedish! Many thanks. Please say a prayer for this fellow in gratitude for his contribution. Continue reading


Aurea mediocritas restated in a Chinese fashion

You all know the phrase coined by the Roman poet Q. Horatius Flaccus or Horace (+8 BC) aurea mediocritas which refers to keeping a balance, applying the mean and reason to human activities so as to avoid the excesses that … Continue reading

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Saturday after Ascension in the 6th Week of Easter

The author of the prayer was probably trying to make the prayer more interesting by using both donum and munus to express the concept of “gift”. However, there are subtle lessons to learn from the vocabulary. When we receive something (percipio) as a gift and then come to “perceive” what the content of the gift is, we are obliged to express outwardly both gratitude and also subsequent care for the gift so as to honor the giver. If you receive a beautiful and precious present from someone of high station you do so with humility. You express wonder, gratitude. You examine it carefully. You position it in a place of honor in your home, on display for others to see and to help you remember kindly the giver. You probably will try to learn more about the thing, its history, and so forth. You explain to others the story of how you got it and what it is. Continue reading

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Indonesian earthquake

Pray for the folks in Indonesia.  We are hoping that our WDTPRS participant from Indonesia, who contributed recently a translation of The Internet Prayer, will check in and let us know he is okay after the big earthquake.

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