Monthly Archives: June 2006

Chant and polyphony

The other night there was a concert for the Pope.  At that concert he made some remarks.  Among the useful things he said was this: "A true ‘aggiornamento’ of sacred music cannot be achieved except by following the great traditions … Continue reading

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Fr. Z about Fr. A: update

I mentioned some time ago that I thought Fr. Robert Altier was going to have a weekly feature in The Wanderer. Yep, there he is again this week!  I just got my weekly express shipped copies of the paper which … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict and the Holy Grail

When His Holiness Pope Benedict visits Valencia in Spain, he will surely visit the Chapel where people venerate what well might be the actual Holy Grail. I am quite interested in this topic, since I am more than hopeful that … Continue reading

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time: SUPER OBLATA (2)

EXCERPT:
Will this be hard? Of course! Will priests face some people who are irritated or confused? When don’t they? Are priests are going to bear the main burden of this challenge in a parish. When have they not? And if that isn’t enough, when did the role of the Catholic lay faithful in the Church become easy? Catholics trying to live their lives well in this world as it is today are often faced with challenges that would make most priests curl up in a ball and suck their thumbs. Do parents of children simply flop down and whine about how hard it is going to be to educate their children, feed them, shelter them, see to their needs? “*sniff*… It’s soooooo harrrrrrrrrd!” I am tempted to put this in terms more suited to Tony Soprano, but “Boo hoo!” You want a real challenge? How about the state of life of a mother in a military family with several children and her Marine husband in Iraq? Can we please get some perspective here?
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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time: COLLECT

EXCERPT:
Note the balancing of ideas: timor/amor (fear and love) and instituo/destituo (establish and abandon). In instituo I hear a “setting down” in the sense of how God made us and by that making He takes us upon Himself. He has our care and our governance. God sets us down next to Himself, under His watchful eye, so that we don’t go wrong. In destituo I hear a “setting down” in the sense of a setting to one side away from Himself, an abandonment of interest. In gubernatio God is our pilot, our steersman, keeping his hand on the wheel of our lives. We are solid because His loving hand is firm. Were He to abandon us, our ship would wreck and we would be “destitute”. Amidst the vicissitudes of this world we depend in fear and love on His Holy Name. We stand planted in the proper place before God’s fearful glance and under His guiding hand of love only through both love and fear His Name which points to His Person. Continue reading

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Of thieves and Nancy Pelosi

While I tip my biretta to Dominic Bettinelli, I do so with irritated amusement.  o{]:¬\ I am not irritated at Dominic, of course, but at Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The Rep from CA did something truly dopey on the floor … Continue reading

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24 June: St. John the Baptist

Today is the Feast of the one whom the Lord called the greatest man ever born of woman. COLLECT: Deus, qui beatum Ioannem Baptistam suscitasti, ut perfectam plebem Christo Domino praepararet, da populis tuis spiritalium gratiam gaudiorum, et omnium fidelium … Continue reading

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SNAILS and SOLFEGE: a St. John’s riff

If these little messages here seem to crawl at a snail’s pace, here in Rome today on the feast of St. John it is the custom to eat snails.  I will be looking snails for supper later in the evening, … Continue reading

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A rant, the Centurion, and frequent Communion

Have you ever kept a ratty old pair of jeans, or maybe a threadbare robe, maybe a pair of shoes that should have long gone to the dump simply because they are familiar?  "New and far more useful dish rags … Continue reading

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CDWDS Sec. speaks of older Mass

There is a great article about His Excellency Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don, Secretary of the CDWDS. Vatican liturgical official seeks recovery of the sacred Here are some excerpts: "But unfortunately," he said, "after the Council, certain changes were made … Continue reading

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John Allen on Bertone and Trautman

The ubiquitous fair-minded writer for the lefty National Catholic Reporter in his weekly Word From Rome piece.  He discusses some very interesting things with his usual insight. Do check out his brief interviews with The Chair and with Msgr. Moroney. … Continue reading

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Fr. Altier joining The Wanderer

When Father Robert Altier and I were in seminary together, and ever after, we joked about working on a project that would cover things "from A to Z".  Who’da thunk it…. You remember Fr. Robert Altier of St. Paul and … Continue reading

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Fellow patristicists UNITE: Opinion Journal (WSJ) on ICEL

Opinion Journal arrives in my inbox everyday and I look forward to it.  Imagine my delight that a fellow patristicist wrote a piece on the recent vote of the USCCB to approve the English translation!  Here it is.  (Emphasis and … Continue reading

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Feast of the Sacred Heart and Holy Mass

Here is an image for you. In the Litany of the Sacred Heart we pray: "Jesus, meek and humble of heart… Make our hearts like unto Thine." This certainly must be the aspiration of all Christians.  Perhaps you might take … Continue reading

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Augustine: Centurion’s heart was already Christ’s throne

We have been looking extensively at "dew".  Another of the controverted proposed translations for the texts of Mass concerns the words before reception of Holy Communion: "I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof… Non sum dignus … Continue reading

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