Daily Archives: April 3, 2012
Holy Week reblog
In preparation for the Holy Week, Shane at the always excellent Lux Occulta has posted this vintage booklet dedicated to the Holy Week.
I’d say that besides being a very good indication of how seriously people took the Holy Week in 1961, it has lost nothing of its, well, “modernity” and can – if printed, or consulted daily – be a very useful “spiritual guide” to the very important days in front of us.
There’s not much to say other than to suggest the reading of this booklet, which is nothing world-changing in Catholic instruction, nor is it supposed to be – but is very intelligent structured. A pity that the CTS doesn’t decide to really reprint and market these useful booklets instead of forcing us to cope with a .pdf version (and lucky to get it, I’d add).
A prayer for our indefatigable Shane is, I…
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On Rorate Caeli, an interesting post about the well-known instructions of Cardinal Ranjith, that in his archdiocese Communion be received exclusively comme il faut. The Cardinal’s position is known and I have, I think, already written about it in the past.
What in my eyes is most interesting is another detail or two, which I would like to share with you.
Please read this. Emphases mine.
[…] kindly ensure that in each Church in your parishes there is an adequate supply of a sufficient number of amices, girdles, stoles and chasubles for daily use. When I come for my parish visits starting from January next year, I will check on this matter personally. Kindly begin celebrating your daily sacrifice of the Eucharist properly clad and that means dressed with the alb, with or without the amice, the girdle, stole and chasuble. This should start immediately. The Auxiliary Bishops and Episcopal Vicars should kindly ensure that this is strictly followed in your areas.
Properly understood this means, if you ask me: a) your Archbishop is watching you, and will take care no one thinks he can get away with some lip service when necessary and then do whatever he pleases at any other time; b) this applies first and foremost to Auxiliary Bishops and Episcopal Vicars, just in case they thought my instructions do not apply to them; c) chop-chop.
Something tells me Archbishop Ranjit’s Archdiocese has no so-called “gay masses”.
Reblog of the day
I always thought that Pontius Pilate is treated too harshly by many Christians. People who don’t even dare to contradict their neighbour when he talks astonishing bollocks in some religious matter are instantly ready to demand that Pilatus be ready to risk a revolution to save their hero. They talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk.
The reality on the ground is that the vast majority of the people in his position would have behaved like he did; nay, worse than he did. In fact, it can be easily said that Pilatus did for Jesus more than most would have done in his position and only receded when he saw that the Jewish leaders would give him no other alternative than acquiescence to their demand or all out fall out.
Still, the fact remain that Pilatus clearly sees that justice demands one behaviour, and politics suggests another. Put in…
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Reblog of, erm, yesterday…
In former times, generations of little Italians (and, no doubt, little boys and girls everywhere) grew up with this simple concept constantly hammered into their heads. The idea was that without self-control one would merely drift through life instead of living, and that life would soon give the boys and girls ample occasions to use the skills thus acquired.
This concept applied, once, to pretty much everything, and to the spiritual life too. And in fact, it is very clear to see how physical and mental discipline is a fundamental component of the spiritual one. We can, today, safely say that when the concept of physical and mental discipline went to the dogs with the non-repressive, softly-softly approach of the last decades, spiritual discipline rapidly followed in its decay.
It is part of the now almost forgotten wisdom of ages past that you need to…
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