On this beautiful Saturday of the 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Labor Day Weekend, I have spend inside laboring on another PODCAzT just for you listeners.
Today we hear from St. Pope Leo I, “the Great” (+461) in his Sermon 95, on the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). From across the centuries Leo’s voice rings out about the root of the “happiness” expressed in the beatitudes, humility, which cuts across all classes of society and each person’s lot in life. There are some wonderful images, such as “consecrated tears”.
I was inspired to do this audio project by the second reading in the Office of Readings in today’s Liturgia horarum, or Liturgy of the Hours, the “office”, which priests are obliged to recite. It is always a pleasure to work with Leo.
I then ramble for quite a while the sacred and the profane. We need to recover a sense of the sacred, and how it is different from the temporal sphere, dominated by the “Prince of this world”. There are many acts of “sacrilege” occurring now. I talk about what sacrilege is and then speak of reparation.
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