Daily Archives: 20 August 2006

St. Samuel, prophet

Today is feast of St. Samuel, the prophet of the Old Testament. Many people do not realize that Old Testament figures are often considered saints. Here is the entry for St. Samuel in the Roman Martyrology:
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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION

I am quite moved furthermore by the beautiful and rhythmical little phrase, with its fine cadence, humiliter imploramus. Above I say that this prayer carries a tone of humility tinged with sorrow. This is picked up from the root of imploro. Ploro means, “to cry out, to cry aloud; to wail, lament; to weep over any thing, to lament, bewail.” Imploro, “to implore”, has the overtone of making a request earnestly, urgently, even with tears. Perhaps it is not too much to say that, in this week’s prayer, the priest, even though he is standing nobly before the altar, hands raised and outspread in the orans position, is at least symbolically in the language of the prayer really weeping with his spiritual arms wrapped around the ankles of the Risen Christ glorious with their terrible splendid wounds… entreating God for your sake, O communicant! Continue reading

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: SUPER OBLATA (2)

One of the driving principles of Liturgiam authenticam (LA) is a proper understanding of inculturation. LA is the fifth instruction on how the liturgical mandates of the Council were to be implemented. The fourth instruction Varietates legitimae concerned precisely inculturation. Inculturation must be properly understood. There is a dynamic interchange and influencing process going on constantly between the “world” and the Church. Every different people of the globe has something of value to contribute to the Church at the same time that the Church, at least historically, forms and shapes whole peoples. This dynamic interchange means that the Church influences the world and the world in turn influences the Church. The Church gains many gifts from the world: music, art, architecture, languages and their literature, etc. These are taken in by the Church and made her own. However, and this is the key, everything the Church gives in this exchange must always be logically prior. This commercium goes on back and forth simultaneously with respect to the passage of time, but the Church… as the Church… gives and shapes first and then receives back what the world has done with her formation. That is to say, this is what happened when the Church carried out her role rightly. Continue reading

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