ACTION ITEM! Help fix the roof of a small parish with the TLM. Keep those doors open!

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their … Traditional Latin Masses.

I received this plea from a reader…


I was hoping you could assist our parish by getting the word out, who is doing some major restoration ( our 100yr old ceiling was coming down)

“Please pass on this go fund me link to anyone you think might be willing to financially assist a small traditional Catholic country parish with a major restoration.
Thanks!”

https://www.gofundme.com/f/s-francis-de-sales-church-restoration

Fr. Cusick is a great priest and shepherd.


Many hand make light work, friends.   Even small donations, if made by many, can make a difference to these people.  I remember back in 2013 I posted about Fr. Cusick gathering pledges to help the Archdiocese for the Military Services by running in a marathon.  You stepped up and his pledges went through the ceiling.  HERE

Let’s help with this other ceiling.

Even small, if from many.  Give up a coffee or a Big Mac, as you would, being a good Custos traditionis (a daily Memorare and a weekly penance for the softening of the hearts of those who interpret Traditionis custodes).   Almsgiving.

As of this posting:

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PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH, TERROR OF DEMONS

PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH, TERROR OF DEMONS

Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, cast thy solemn gaze upon the devil and all his minions, and protect us with thy mighty staff.

Thou didst flee through the night to avoid the devil’s wicked designs; now with the power of God, smite the demons as they flee from thee!

Grant special protection, we pray, for children, fathers, [priests], families, and the dying.

By God’s grace, no demon dares approach whilst thou art near, so we beg of thee, always be near to us! Amen.

Saint Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us.

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Mosebach: “The vehemence of the motu proprio’s language suggests that this directive has come too late. “

The distinguished German author Martin Mosebach, whose amazing books I do not tire of recommending, has a piece at First Things about the Motu Proprio Traditionis custodes (TC).

Mosebach begins from the premise that “papal authority is unraveling as never before” and the Church has “advanced to an ungovernable stage”.

This seems hardly to be disputed, given what Rome did to the Catholics in China, the “gay” mafia running things, bankrupt dioceses, “synodal” (walking together) paths that lead to the cliff’s edge, openly homosexualist Jesuits are applauded by the hierarchy even as hundreds of faithful priests are being cancelled by chanceries for speaking up, and bishops willingly give Communion to people like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.

The cherry on top is a war on the Traditional Roman Rite whose participants are young and committed and rapidly growing in numbers at a time when a demographic sinkhole is opening up beneath the rest of the Church.

But, who am I to judge?

Mosebach: “The vehemence of the motu proprio’s language suggests that this directive has come too late.”

He makes a point which I have underscored here since the extruding of TC.  There is no comparison between the 1980’s, when to obtain the TLM people had to go cap in hand and tug their forelock and Catholic news media were limited to gawdawful diocesan newspapers and the increasingly dissident Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), Today, people have massive, rapid access to information. They can network quickly. Bishops have nearly completely squandered their moral capital, and many younger Catholic have been able to experience the TLM in a peaceful, stable way.

And they want it.

And the bishops are going to… what?  Say, “You can’t have it!”?

No….  Not that.  It’ll more along the lines of “If you want your Latin Mass, you can keep your Latin Mass.”

Pace one of the greatest public liars in modern history.

Mosebach:

Perhaps the Mass is not what most concerns the pope. Francis appears to sympathize with the “hermeneutic of rupture”—that theological school that asserts that with the Second Vatican Council the Church broke with her tradition. If that is true, then indeed every celebration of the traditional liturgy must be prevented. For as long as the old Latin Mass is celebrated in any garage, the memory of the previous two thousand years will not have been extinguished.

This memory, however, cannot be rooted out by the blunt exercise of papal legal positivism. It will return again and again, and will be the criterion by which the Church of the future will have to measure itself.

Not too long ago Peter Kwasniewski and I spent the better part of a morning together at breakfast and discussion after my early Mass.

At the time, a couple months before TC was extruded, I raised my concern that a new argument was developing on the papalotrous, sycophantic left.  I was catching a patchwork of theological, ecclesiological attacks on the Traditional Roman Rite (far more extensive than just the Mass).  The ecclesiological line ran something like this:

Vatican II must be the lens through which ALL OF TRADITION is to be read.  Vatican II, that is the Spirit of Vatican II, and not necessarily the texts, provides the way to reinterpret the entirety of Tradition, back to Apostolic times, and then provides the normative framework for how to apply Tradition to our needs in an ongoing way. Therefore, the TLM must be repressed because it is contrary to the ecclesiology of the Spirit of Vatican II.

Pay attention.

This is the Rahnerian “hermeneutic of rupture” school hopped up on too much sugar and cartoons.  Anyone can see through this B as in B, S as in S.   What this line of thought does is allow the total jettisoning of the Church’s teachings, rooted in the Regula Fidei and natural law, about faith and morals It creates an ever shifting set of lenses.   I am reminded of Card. Kasper’s puerile attempt to argue away the Lord’s prohibition of adultery by saying that, in Christ’s time, what Christ said about adultery was right, but each subsequent age has to reevaluate what Christ said in light of its own circumstances.  So, contradicting what Christ said then is not to say that Christ was wrong, but rather that we have to reinterpret the inner meaning of his historically conditioned words.

That’s what we are up against… again.  Perpetually.

Papal legal positivism fueled by Rahnerian modernism, in theology slowly replacing philosophy with politics, as Thomas Heinrich Stark pointed out in his hard, but dead-on-target explanation in 2018.

It’s the “lived experience” approach that twisted two Synods (walking together) on the Family.

Mosebach concludes:

Perhaps the Mass is not what most concerns the pope. Francis appears to sympathize with the “hermeneutic of rupture”—that theological school that asserts that with the Second Vatican Council the Church broke with her tradition. If that is true, then indeed every celebration of the traditional liturgy must be prevented. For as long as the old Latin Mass is celebrated in any garage, the memory of the previous two thousand years will not have been extinguished.

This memory, however, cannot be rooted out by the blunt exercise of papal legal positivism. It will return again and again, and will be the criterion by which the Church of the future will have to measure itself.

Regarding his point about “memory”.  That’s important for Mosebach.  I recall a passage in The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, where describes the resentment a rock probably feels if it is shifted from its perennial, traditional, place.  It might require centuries for the rock to settle down.

THAT’s how important our sacred liturgical worship is!   Even the details are important, not “superfluous” as my friend Fr. Jackson put it.

Change the entire rite of Mass and suddenly impose it?   It hasn’t really worked, has it.  Look around.

Seek to repress the rite of Mass in use, mainly, since before the time of Gregory the Great?  Suppress the rite that did work in favor of the one that didn’t?

Not likely.

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VIDEO and text of Peter Kwasniewski’s important talk: “The Pope’s Boundedness to Tradition as a Legislative Limit”

Our friends at Rorate have published the text of a talk by Peter Kwasniewski delivered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, CO… once the parish of Fr. Jackson, author of Nothing Superfluous (he is moving to Providence, RI).

It is a fine irony that Peter gave this talk where he did, given that Traditionis custodes was extruded upon the world on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

This is an important talk.  The text is at Roratealong with the footnotes, which are super helpful.  Here below, however, is the video.

I suggest two listenings or viewings (and don’t forget the enriching footnotes in the text). He tackles the issues of the limitations of papal authority and how different groups respond to papal authority, either ultramontanism verging on papalotry or reasonable and respectful resistance.

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Look what these men are building… a Marian beacon in the plains.

Meanwhile… Traditiones custodes and merciful accompaniment for the flock on the periphery.

Become a Custos traditionis.

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Now, that‘s interesting.  So many things to connect.

Photo by The Great Roman™.

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Fr. Z with a question

Did some of you follow the alternative chat on Discord?

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“Blessed are the PACE makers.” Make A Plan for Family Communications:

Disasters always happen to other people, until they happen to you.

When crunch time comes, comms are important.

You need… stop and read that again… YOU NEED a plan. A PACE Plan, or Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency Plan.

I warmly recommend considering reviewing how well you can stay in touch with people if your primary means of communication are down (e.g., mobile, cellphone).

This is a good introductory video for basic means apart from your phone.  Moms might like to see this.

Click me!

I like the observation about giving a hand-held radio to, perhaps, elderly people in the neighborhood who might need help when comms or power is down, for example, letting you know that they need help to keep insulin cold because you have a generator.

Small tips about kids, etc.  It’s not long and it has some good ideas.

All of you, think about getting that first level Ham Radio license!

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Fr. Angel Sotelo – RIP

Dear readers….

A friend of many years, and a long-time participant here, Fr. Angel Sotelo died yesterday.

He suffered with cancer and recently had serious surgery.  He didn’t make it past cancer…

… but I am confident that he made it on the path to heaven.

Please, in your mercy, say a pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Angel Sotelo, a priest of the Diocese of Fresno.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

 

 

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2 August: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor “Zelantissimus” … who bilocated

Today in the traditional Roman calendar is the Feast of St. Alphonsus (1696–1787), Doctor “Zelantissimus” of the Church, founder of the Redemptorists, Bishop of Sant’Agata de’ Goti.  In the Novus Ordo calendar, his feast is 1 August.

St. Alphonsus has accompanied me as a Catholic in important ways.  From my first days of interest in the Catholic Church, on Tuesday nights I attended in the lower chapel of St. Agnes in St. Paul, the ongoing Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help composed by St. Alphonsus.  That was followed by Exposition, the Litany of the Sacred Heart, and confessions.   During Lent at that parish, Alphonsus’ version, the best version, of the Stations of the Cross was used on Friday evenings.  The one with “thees” and “thous”.  Hence, I was being introduced to the great tradition of devotions – which we need to revive everywhere.

As a seminarian in Rome, I read his spiritual works and carefully absorbed his wisdom for confessors in his Istruzione, E Pratica Per Li Confessori.  While in Rome, I would visit the little Redemptorist church near the Stazione Termini (I commuted a lot for a while) and Santa Maria Maggiore where you find the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  It happened that I once stayed at the Redemptorist HQ (that same place) for about a week and I got to know the archivist.  He showed me the vault with their most precious things, putting into my hands a hand-written manuscript with dozens of closely scribbled strips glued into it.  I still get goose-bumps, as then, when it dawned on me what I was holding: St. Alphonsus own working copy of a volume of his monumental Moral Theology, arguably a book that shaped Western civilization.

I’ve always harbored a sympathetic affection for St. Alphonsus.  His brother priests in the Redemptorists – of whom he was the founder – eventually turned on him.

Here is a note about St. Alphonsus which you might not know.

In 1772 St. Alphonsus, terribly ill, wrote to Pope Clement XIV (Ganganelli, who suppressed the Jesuits) asking to be relieved of his duties as diocesan bishop. Clement responded that it was enough for him that Alphonsus govern from his bed: “His prayers do as much for his flock as all the activity in the world.”

When in 1773 Clement finally suppressed the Jesuits – did I mention that he suppressed the Jesuits? – Alphonsus wrote of how he prayed for the harassed Pontiff.

On 21 September 1774, after saying Mass Alphonsus had a prolonged ecstasy, lasting into the next day. When he came out of it, he said that he had been with Clement XIV as he lay dying.

Hence, Alphonsus bi-located and was with Papa Ganganelli at his dead bed.

St. Alphonsus, in these dark times when up is down, light is dark and 2+2=5, pray for us.  Intercede to obtain many graces for your fellow bishops, so that they will be courageous in the face of pressure to cave to the world in matters of faith and morals.

Just so that you can’t say that you hadn’t been told, I’ve made available some Papa Ganganelli mugs.  I am convinced that St. Alphonsus would have wanted one of these.  He would want you to have one, too.

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2 August until midnight: “Portiuncula” Plenary (or Partial) Indulgence

From midnight 1 August to midnight today, 2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence.

This indulgence seems to have been granted directly by Christ Himself in an appearance to St. Francis.  The Lord them told Francis to go to Pope Honorius III, who, as Vicar of Christ, who wielded the keys, would decree it.

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St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

Because of the favors from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.

To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions.

You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.

BTW… the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence on a day of the year he designates (cf. Ench. Indul. 33 1.2.d). You might choose the anniversary of your baptism or of another sacrament or name day.

My friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeueticalness, has some excellent points and suggestions in his post about the Porticuncula indulgence.  HERE

Also, HERE, Fr. Finigan wrote about the requirement that we not have any attachment to sin, even venial.  He offers quite a hopeful view of what sounds like a difficult prospect.  I warmly recommend it.

Regarding “the Pope’s intentions”, this means intentions designated by the Pope.  However, some people have wondered how strict this is, or what to do it the intention is… odd.   I wrote about this issue HERE.  Read that post.  However, here’s an excerpt:

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Because we are Unreconstructed Ossified Manualists, and we love our old dependable compendia of theology with its sober and thorough analyses, we can turn to the manual by Prümmer.

Prümmer says that the intentions of the Holy Father for which we are to pray have a tradition of five basic categories which were fixed:

1. Exaltatio S. Matris Ecclesiae (Triumph/elevation/stability/growth of Holy Mother Church)
2. Extirpatio haeresum (Extirpation/rooting out of heresies),
3. Propagatio fidei (Propagation/expansion/spreading of the Faith)
4. Conversio peccatorum (Conversion of sinners),
5. Pax inter principes christianos (Peace between christian rulers).

These five categories were also listed in the older, 1917 Code of Canon Law, which is now superseded by the 1983 Code.

However, they remain good intentions all.

 

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 10th Sunday after Pentecost (18th Ordinary – N.O.)

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I’m getting reports that it was waaaay up.

Was the Motu Proprio mentioned?  What was said?  I am getting messages that bishops are issuing at least preliminary statements.

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio – #ZedNet reminder – 1 August ’21

Fellow hams, here’s a reminder about ZedNet for Sunday 1August ’21 – evening at 2000h EDT. (0000h ZULU Monday).

We now have the site running:  http://zednet.xyz

Zednet exists on the…

  • Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to
  • Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429 (More HERE)
  • Echolink  WB0YLE-R

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

WB0YLE gave me a clear list, a Bill Of Materials, with links, of everything you need to get involved. HERE  THIS WAS UPDATED on 22 March 2021

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

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ACTION ITEM! Be a “Custos Traditionis”! Join an association of prayer for the reversal of “Traditionis custodes”.

As the smoke clears and the initial shock of the cruelty of Traditionis custodes ebbs… but will not go away… we have to bring our legitimate aspirations to prayer and penance.

I propose…

… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are

  • the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
  • the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.

The title of the hurtful document immediately brings to mind the adage of Juvenal, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes… Who’s guarding the guards”?

The “guards” or “guardians” referenced in the title of the document, though we lack the Latin sentence, surely point in the main to diocesan bishops.  They are the custodes intended, plural of custos…. “a guard, watch, preserver, keeper, overseer, protector, defender, attendant, etc., protectress, etc., in a friendly or hostile sense”.  NB: Male or female, both.

I appeal to you, dear readers, in the prophetic words of Fulton Sheen, always on the sidebar of this blog,

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”

You are the guardians of the guards. YOU, dear readers, are the custodes custodum.

I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.

YOUR COMMITTMENT…

  • recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
  • make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.

Will you be a "Custos Traditionis" and commit to a DAILY 'Memorare' and WEEKLY penance?

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To help you do this, and to stir in others interest in this project for prayer, I prepared some shirts and mugs and buttons.

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The shirts all have CUSTOS TRADITIONIS on the front, and then, underneath that, “Ask me.” in English or in Latin (Interroga.)  On the back of the shirts find the text of the Memorare in several difference major languages, including Latin.

The mugs all have CUSTOS TRADITIONIS and the text of the Memorare in Latin.  There is are left-handed and right-handed versions.   I put in the accent marks on the Latin… that way you will have the text in front of your eyes when you have a cup of perhaps Mystic Monk Coffee… and you can more easily make your daily commitment.

The buttons just say CUSTOS TRADITIONIS and (Ask me.)

They say, “Ask me.” 

That means you have to be ready to explain the situation both accurately and also without rancor, which does not attract people to join a cause of prayer.

Remember: Do you not have to get this stuff to do this, but if you do get the stuff then do it.

Let’s get to it.

SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE!

 

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Trouble keeping the sacristy quiet before Mass?

Fathers, do you have trouble keeping the sacristy quiet before Mass?  Too much random, unfocused chatter irrelevant to the sacred action about to take place.

Old sacristies would have a large sign calling for…

SILENTIUM

I may have found something to get the point across even to the illiterate.

An interesting wall sculpture.  Available HERE

 

 

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BREAKING “Latindr App used to catch priests in compromising situations”

This is straight from Eccles and so it must be true.

Latindr App used to catch priests in compromising situations

As reported by journalists from the Bitter Pillar (formerly the Tablet), data from the popular social networking Latindr app, used by people of a certain inclination who want to get together for a bit of TLM (nudge, nudge), has been used to trap priests and bishops in compromising situations.

Not suitable for Catholics.

As many commentators have pointed out, Pope Francis’s attempt to restrict the traditional Mass is not simply a change in forms of worship, but a piece of deep moral teaching, on a par with the edict that homosexual priests should keep their trousers on (except possibly if they are Jesuits). All right, it contradicts all the ideas of previous popes, but then so does practically everything that oozes from the papal pen.

So the big moral debate this week was: which is worse, using Latindr to get together with like-minded Catholics, or getting hold of such personal data and “outing” rogue clergy? Well, we on this blog are in no doubt. These nasty wicked people should be exposed for what they are, even if it involves tracking their movements.

GOTCHA!

The Latin Given By Tradition (LGBT) movement is very powerful these days, and even non-LGBT commentators were shocked to see Pope Francis’s Romaphobic condemnation of the practice. But hacking into Latindr may be the best way to purify the Church.

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WDTPRS – 18th Ordinary Sunday: cold reality, warming confidence

When the priest, alter Christus, says our prayers during Holy Mass, Christ, Head of the Body, speaks.

His words have power to form us.

Formed according to the mind of the Church, we Catholics then go out from Mass to shape our world around us.

It is the work of Christ’s Body to bring the content of these prayers (Christ Himself!) to every corner and nook we influence.

Holy Church shapes us and we shape the world around us. We then bring gifts – the very best we can conceive – back to Holy Church who makes them her own.  This is dynamic exchange is called inculturation.  However, in this simultaneous two-way exchange, what God offers to the world through Holy Church must always have logical priority over what the world offers back.  This is authentic inculturation!

The Collect for the Novus Ordo’s 18th Ordinary Sunday was not in any previous edition of the Missale Romanum.  The ancient Veronese Sacramentary has a close cousin used by our ancestorsOur modern version simplified the grammar.  I found similar vocabulary in the works of Cicero (+ BC 43 – Ep. ad fam. 2.6.4), in the writings of St Ambrose of Milan (+397 – Hexameron, Day 1.2.7), and in the sermons of St Augustine (+430 – s. 293d, 5).   The Church and culture have been deeply interwoven through the centuries.

Here’s the Collect:

Adesto, Domine, famulis tuis, et perpetuam benignitatem largire poscentibus, ut his, qui te auctorem et gubernatorem gloriantur habere, et grata restaures, et restaurata conserves.

Adesto is the “future” imperative of the verb adsum, “to be present”, in both the physical and the moral sense.  By logical extension, adsum means, “to be present with one’s aid.”  It can also mean, “to be present in mind, with attention” and “to be fearless.”  “Adsum!” is the famous word in the rite of ordination to Holy Orders.  Men are officially “called” by name to Holy Orders (vocatio).  One by one they respond, “Adsum! …  I am present!”

Men may have inklings or personal convictions that they are called by God to the priesthood, but this “calling” during ordination is the Church’s affirmation of the vocation.

At this time of year some of our Collects use similar vocabulary, including slightly unusual words which spark our attention.  Last week we saw dux (“leader, guide, commander”) and rector (“ruler, leader, governor; helmsman”).  This week we have the similar term gubernator, “a steersman, pilot” or “a ruler, governor”.   During Ordinary Time there are groupings of Collects linked by vocabulary, theme, or images, (e.g., military, agricultural, judicial).

The Collects in the Novus Ordo are usually either derived from prayers in ancient sacramentaries or directly from orations in previous editions of the Missale Romanum.   Though they were taken from different times of the year in those sources, they are now grouped together.  This must have been a conscious choice.

LITERAL VERSION:

Be present to Your servants, O Lord, and grant Your unending kindness to those seeking it, so that You may restore favors to those who glory in having You as author and guide, and You may preserve them once restored.

CURRENT ICEL (2011):

Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored.

Take note of the unequal statuses of those to whom the Latin prayer refers.

On the one hand, God is our creator.  He directs our paths.  He is eternal and kind.  He gives gifts.  He can be present to us.

On the other hand, we are servants and needy seekers.  We need God’s favors. We must be grateful, for they are unattainable apart from His kindness.  We do not deserve anything apart from Him. Some of us, moreover, have lost God’s favors.  We are incomplete until He restores them to us. He will not restore them unless we beg Him in His kindness to do so.

Because we are weak, God must preserve His gifts in us once He has given them back.

Our status as lowly servants is the key to everything we receive or regain.

The clear, cold reality of our neediness is today masterfully juxtaposed with the warming, reassuring confidence we find in God’s presence.

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