We gathered for our opening of the pilgrimage which was Holy Mass at Santa Maria sopra Minerva. A you may remember the interior from the movie The Cardinal.
Just now, listening to the texts of the consecration (in Latin, which I follow with ease), I had the first inkling I have ever had of wanting to be a bishop. Believe me: I DON’T want that. But… but… but… the ideal expressed… the beautiful ideal and the sacramental graces to go with it? I would probably be a total disaster. But, given those ancient texts ringing my ears….
Imponimus, Domine, capiti hujus Antistitis et agonistae tui galeam munitionis et salutis, quatenus decorata facie, et armato capite, cornibus utriusque Testamenti terribilis appareat adversariis veritatis; et, te ei largiente gratiam, impugnator eorum robustus exsistat, qui Moysi famuli tui faciem ex tui sermonis consortio decoratam, lucidissimis tuae claritatis ac veritatis cornibus insignisti: et capiti Aaron Pontificis tui tiaram imponi jussisti. Per Christum Dominum? nostrum. R. Amen.
Can you hear the texts that move me?