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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pope's Secretary faces towards the Lord at Jubilee Mass

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Turn towards the East

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Logos Virtual Library: Saint Augustine: Of the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, II, 5

Let the new people, therefore, who are called to an eternal inheritance, use the word of the New Testament, and say, “Our Father who art in heaven,” i.e. in the holy and the just. For God is not contained in space. For the heavens are indeed the higher material bodies of the world, but yet material, and therefore cannot exist except in some definite place; but if God’s place is believed to be in the heavens, as meaning the higher parts of the world, the birds are of greater value than we, for their life is nearer to God. But it is not written, The Lord is nigh unto tall men, or unto those who dwell on mountains; but it is written, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart,” which refers rather to humility. But as a sinner is called earth, when it is said to him, “Earth thou art, and unto earth shalt thou return”; so, on the other hand, a righteous man may be called heaven. For it is said to the righteous, “For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” And therefore, if God dwells in His temple, and the saints are His temple, the expression “which art in heaven” is rightly used in the sense, which art in the saints. And most suitable is such a similitude, so that spiritually there may be seen to be as great a difference between the righteous and sinners, as there is materially between heaven and earth.


And for the purpose of showing this, when we stand at prayer, we turn to the east, whence the heaven rises: not as if God also were dwelling there, in the sense that He who is everywhere present, not as occupying space, but by the power of His majesty, had forsaken the other parts of the world; but in order that the mind may be admonished to turn to a more excellent nature, i.e. to God, when its own body, which is earthly, is turned to a more excellent body, i.e. to a heavenly one. It is also suitable for the different stages of religion, and expedient in the highest degree, that in the minds of all, both small and great, there should be cherished worthy conceptions of God. And therefore, as regards those who as yet are taken up with the beauties that are seen, and cannot think of anything incorporeal, inasmuch as they must necessarily prefer heaven to earth, their opinion is more tolerable, if they believe God, whom as yet they think of after a corporeal fashion, to be in heaven rather than upon earth: so that when at any future time they have learned that the dignity of the soul exceeds even a celestial body, they may seek Him in the soul rather than in a celestial body even; and when they have learned how great a distance there is between the souls of sinners and of the righteous, just as they did not venture, when as yet they were wise only after a carnal fashion, to place Him on earth, but in heaven, so afterwards with better faith or intelligence they may seek Him again in the souls of the righteous rather than in those of sinners. Hence, when it is said, “Our Father which art in heaven,” it is rightly understood to mean in the hearts of the righteous, as it were in His holy temple. And at the same time, in such a way that he who prays wishes Him whom he invokes to dwell in himself also; and when he strives after this, practises righteousness,—a kind of service by which God is attracted to dwell in the soul.
Let us see now what things are to be prayed for. For it has been stated who it is that is prayed to, and where He dwells. First of all, then, of those things which are prayed for comes this petition, “Hallowed be Thy name.” And this is prayed for, not as if the name of God were not holy already, but that it may be held holy by men; i.e., that God may so become known to them, that they shall reckon nothing more holy, and which they are more afraid of offending. For, because it is said, “In Judah is God known; His name is great in Israel,” we are not to understand the statement in this way, as if God were less in one place, greater in another; but there His name is great, where He is named according to the greatness of His majesty. And so there His name is said to be holy, where He is named with veneration and the fear of offending Him. And this is what is now going on, while the gospel, by becoming known everywhere throughout the different nations, commends the name of the one God by means of the administration of His Son

Our Lady of the Prairies

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St. Norbert Art Centre :: Info :: History:

"The Trappists made many efforts over the years to preserve their peaceful solitude. However, by the 1960s, encroaching urbanization increased traffic in and through St. Norbert. In 1975, the Trappists decided to relocate to a more secluded location near Holland, Manitoba, 145 kilometres (80 miles) southwest of Winnipeg. By 1978, most of the outbuildings had been taken down or moved. Only the chapel and monastic wing, guest house and gate house remained. The property was sold to Genstar Corporation, a Canadian land development company.

Local residents acting through the non-profit organization Heritage St. Norbert Inc., set out to preserve the site’s historical and cultural character. In 1980, the group secured from the City of Winnipeg a historic building designation for the chapel and monastic wing. The group began to research possible uses for the site.Tragedy struck in 1983. Vandals lit a fire which gutted the vacant chapel and monastery. Fortunately, the Guest House, located some distance away, was spared.

The fire did not destroy the beauty and dignity of the site, however. Heritage St. Norbert’s efforts turned to preserving the only existing monastic ruins in North America. In 1987, through the cooperation of Genstar and three levels of government, the property was set aside as a provincial heritage park"

Remembering St. Louis Convent

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in Glastonbury England. Many and great photos.

And near the site of the greatest desecration of the English "reformation", another word for theft.

And why we are about it let us not forget Hailes Abbey where the reformers once again spilt the blood of Christ.

How not to get ordained!

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The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

"On June 26, 2009, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, decreed that Deacon Martin Kelly Shanahan, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, is dismissed from the clerical state ex officio et in poenam and released from all obligations of the clerical state. This supreme penalty was imposed on Mr. Shanahan after he abandoned the Catholic Church, sought 'priestly ordination' from a female bishop of the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church, and then attempted to administer the sacraments (simulation). The same decree indicated that the canonical censures incurred by Mr. Shanahan as a result of his schism remain in force.
The Archdiocese wishes the faithful to be aware that any ‘Mass’ or sacrament administered by Mr. Shanahan, with the exception of baptism, is invalid. The August 2000 declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, does not apply to Mr. Shanahan’s attempted presbyteral ordination nor does it make any statement regarding the validity of the Orders of the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church." (the "church" that covers its doctrinal bets- and is not any of these four words).
Minutes of the Deacon's Council in 2004
"Deacon Shanahan raised the issue of formation of conscience. How do we help people to form their consciences, and even to know what it means to have a well-formed conscience."
Conscience without prudence cannot be Catholic and he has been far from prudent. Thinking with the Church gets one a well-formed conscience- something he has clearly found impossible.

No reform of the reform??

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Surely, this show cannot be allowed to go on.
Keine Reform der Reform

In Rome, journalists speculate about new liturgical norms.

In the middle of the Italian - and the Vatican - summer break the subject of "liturgical reform" has emerged in the media. With two exclusive contributions from a usually well-informed Vaticanist the newspaper Il Giornale, "concluded the Pope and the Vatican are considering a " reform the reform ". The Holy See has already contradicted the report.

First, the paper documented a letter with the perspectives of the current Pope on the liturgy: "The fact that in the long term the Roman Church must have again a single Roman rite, makes the existence of two official rites difficult in practice for the bishops and priests to manage."

This letter, however, is already six years old. The then curial prefect, Joseph Ratzinger was answering in June 2003 a Bonn based philologist and traditionalist. The reason that "Il Giornale", publishes the text which can be read on the internet, is that in September publication is pending of the letter in an Italian specialist book. At the "Catholic Meeting" to be opened on Sunday, there will be a preview presentation.
Second document

The second document from the "Giornale" has so far not yet been published in detail, but its date of origin is also a bit back in the past. On April 4th, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, forwarded to the Pope, a recommendation of its General Assembly. The cardinals and bishops are proposing in a new introduction of the Missal that the sense of the sacred and the importance of worship should once again be highlighted and liturgical "creativity" should be limited; that Latin should be promoted alongside the national language, the wish being that Communion in the mouth should be the normal form of giving Communion at the Eucharist and receiving communion in the hand should be represented as an "extraordinary concession", that the celebrant should turn towards the east and thereby turn his backs to the people, at least for the moment of consecration.

Observers have already puzzled about the meaning and obligation of these recommendations, however, as well as of the date of disclosure. So far, the impression was in Rome, after the approval of the old Tridentine Mass as an "extraordinary rite" of the Catholic Church, the Pope would initially leave everything to rest in the liturgy. It was assumed that no further amendments were pending and liturgical reform should not be a permanent building site. Meanwhile, the Vatican press office made it clear on Monday that at present neither a new a liturgical reform nor a modification of the liturgical books is planned.

Pope stands fully behind the Liturgy Constitution of the Council
Vatican experts point out that the Pope fully stands behind the Liturgy Constitution of the Council. Of course, he had already passed judgement as a professor and Cardinal on some abuses and exaggerations. With the Motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" of July 2007. he had softened some sharp points of the liturgical reform of Paul VI. and placed in addition the Old Rite next to the "Ordinary Rite" of the post-conciliar liturgy. Apparently, Benedict XVI has the vision that both rites complete each other, it is said. But time and peace is needed - not another new regulation or reform.

Of course, the discussion and controversy in recent months about traditionalists and the SSPX made clear their different positions also about the liturgy. After the communication breakdowns at the beginning of year, the old Commission "Ecclesia Dei was reorganised and placed under the responsibility of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The reason for this, it is said, it that the relationship to Lefebvre supporters in particular is to do with differences in doctrinal matters. The new leadership of "Ecclesia Dei" has prescribed for the first phase a focus on specialist work without substantive public statements, projects, and media coverage. And a new "reform the reform" in the liturgy would be of little help here.

Prayers for General Absolution

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which was dispensed on the Feast of St Agnes, Holy Thursday, Holy Trinity and the Feast of St Catherine- the frontespiece of a small book from 1809. The practice is now all but banned following widespread post-conciliar abuse. Why go to confession when you can wait for General Absolution was surely a question few if any asked in 1809.
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Cathcon is far from perfect

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But one thing he would not do would be to confuse Anglican Westminster Abbey with Westminster Cathedral as this website does. The article omits to say that a second altar was removed in recent weeks, so at least the new Archbishop is heading in the right direction, even if facing in the wrong one. And now Latin Masses can be said at the High Altar without the rude interuption of another altar.

Count one's blessings!

Why Pope John Paul II should not be canonized

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Interesting article from Renew America