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"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
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Monthly Archives: June 2006
Everywhere in the northern hemisphere diligent and charitable priests have, I hope, reminded their flocks how they ought to dress when they come to church. Rather, they will have at least reminded them how not to dress. Right now there … Continue reading
In the left-wing English The Tablet (June 24, 2006), there is an interesting bit about the “pro multis” issue. Emphasis mine: “Turning down some proposals, the bishops noted the ‘expressed intention of the Holy See’ to decide in short order … Continue reading
Sandro Magister has weighed into the concert in the Sistina with Dominco Bartolucci in the presence of the Roman Pontiff. I commented on this already. Here is Sandro. Very interesting: The person responsible for Bartolucci’s removal in 1997 was the … Continue reading
An esteemed commenter noted in another entry that aggiornamento and ressourcement must go hand in hand in order to be faithful to both. For without ressourcement, aggiornamento loses its bearings, and with out aggiornamento, ressourcement fails to effectively fulfill any … Continue reading
Pope Benedict doesn’t do things with out reasons. At the concert the other day, which you have all read about by now, the Pope said: "Sacred polyphony, especially the so-called ‘Roman school,’ is a legacy that must be carefully conserved, … Continue reading
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
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
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
Will this be hard? Of course! Will priests face some people who are irritated or confused? When donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they? Are priests are going to bear the main burden of this challenge in a parish. When have they not? And if that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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*… ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soooooo harrrrrrrrrd!” I am tempted to put this in terms more suited to Tony Soprano, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boo hoo!Ã¢â‚¬Â 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?
Note the balancing of ideas: timor/amor (fear and love) and instituo/destituo (establish and abandon). In instituo I hear a Ã¢â‚¬Å“setting downÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go wrong. In destituo I hear a Ã¢â‚¬Å“setting downÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“destituteÃ¢â‚¬Â. Amidst the vicissitudes of this world we depend in fear and love on His Holy Name. We stand planted in the proper place before GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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