WDTPRS 7th Sunday after Pentecost – acts of faith

In the traditional Roman calendar this Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost.

Today’s Collect survived the cutting and pasting experts of the Consilium to live on as the Collect for the 9th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Deus, cuius providentia in sui dispositione non fallitur
te supplices exoramus,
ut noxia cuncta submoveas,
et omnia nobis profutura concedas

Blaise/Chirat (a dictionary of Latin in French) indicates that dispositio is “disposition providentialle”. It has to do God’s plan for salvation. Fallo is an interesting word. It means basically, “to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, disappoint” and it has as synonyms “decipio, impono, frustror, circumvenio, emungo, fraudo”. Fallo is used to indicate things like simply being mistaken or being deceived. It can apply to making a mistake because something eluded your notice or it was simply unknown. In our Latin conversation it is not uncommon to say nisi fallor, “unless I am mistaken…”. If you look for submoveo you may have to check under summoveo. Find profutura under prosum. Don’t confuse noxia with noxa.

God, whose providence, in its plan, is not circumvented,
humbly we implore You,
that you clear away every fault
and grant us all benefits

There is no getting around or circumventing God’s plan.

Why, given who God is and who we are, would we want to try?

But we do, don’t we.

We have to make a choice about which way to go with noxia.  Does it mean “harmful things” that are outside us or that are within us, that is, our own sins, our faults?  Both?

OBSOLETE ICEL (1973 9th Sunday Ordinary Time):
your love never fails.
Hear our call.
Keep us from danger
and provide for all our needs.

ROFL! Quite simply dreadful.  This may be one of the worst I have ever seen.But we NEVER have to HEAR IT AGAIN.

CURRENT ICEL (2011  9th Sunday Ordinary Time):
O God, whose providence never fails in its design,
keep from us, we humbly beseech you,
all that might harm us
and grant all that works for our good.

We have to make a choice about which way to go with noxia.  Does it mean “harmful things” that are outside us or that are within us, that is, our own sins, our faults?  Both?
God knows who we are and what we need far better than we can ever know ourselves.

Foreseeing all our sins and many faults, all that we say and do is embraced in His eternal plan.

He has disposed all things so as to make glorious things result from the evils for which we alone are responsible.

Sometimes, moreover, it is hard to understand that God actually cares are us.  Given how immeasurably vast God is and how small we are, it is easy for some, mired in earthly distractions, to lapse into sort of deism and imagine a God who created everything and then, like a clock maker, just set the pendulum to swing and stepped away.

There is an old adage that, if you want to know if God is interested in you, just make a plan.

It is good for us each day never to forget to make an Act of Faith, which is a good Trinitarian prayer.

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I believe that Thy Divine Son became Man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

It is perhaps also a  “disposition providentialle” that we have today’s Collect on the heels of the release of Lumen fidei.

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7 Responses to WDTPRS 7th Sunday after Pentecost – acts of faith

  1. Jack Hughes says:

    The problem for me Father is that I have real problems believing that God cares about me; my personal life has been nothing more than a whole series of ‘divine’ curve balls and because of that I have real problems TRUSTING God.

    Add to that the fact that God seems to be standing by and doing NOTHING (or actively hurting his own cause) as western society goes to hell in a hand basket and I wander if ANY of my Prayers do anything.

    I want nothing more than to love God with all my heart, mind and soul but its hard to love someone who does nothing but allow you to be hurt all the time.

  2. Priam1184 says:

    Thank you for the post Father. And yes, we all do try to circumvent God’s plan; I seem to at least 50 times a day and I am particularly grateful when He knocks me in the head for it and points out the direction of the right road once again.

  3. rbbadger says:

    Thank God we don’t have to hear the old ICEL translation anymore.

  4. Priam1184 says:

    @Jack Hughes We possess free will my friend. If Western Civilization chooses (and it has been entirely our choice) to go the way that it is going then that is the way it will go. What will come next I do not know. I do not know what pain you have had in your life so I won’t comment on that, but I know from my own experience that life can be miserable and will shoot arrows right at our heart from directions that we least expect. But I cannot blame God for that. The very fact that I am here at all, alive and breathing, is a miracle in and of itself and I can really ask for no more. The Christian life is about crossing a storm tossed sea in a boat with no oars with only a still small voice to guide us. But at the end is what “eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has even entered into the mind of man.”

  5. Lin says:

    Our attempts to circumvent are part of the plan.

  6. scarda says:

    There’s also an old Jewish adage: if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

  7. wanda says:

    Jack Hughes, Do not loose hope. Lean not on your own understanding. You are in my prayers and the prayers of others, I’m sure. Tie a knot in the end of your rope and hold on tight. Joy comes in the morning.