Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The first two are the most essential & urgent, but read the whole article.
1. The Vatican Press Office has to become a 24/7 operation.
2. Assume the press is either hostile or ignorant (or both!) of Catholicism.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Anno a creatione mundi, quando in principio Deus creavit coelum et terram, quinquies millesimo centesimo nonagesimonono:
A diluvio vero anno bis millesimo nongentesimo quinquagesimoseptimo:
A nativitate Abrahae anno bis millesimo quintodecimo:
A Moyse et egressu populi Israel de Aegypto, anno millesimo quingentesimodecimo:
Ab unctione David in regem anno millesimo trigesimosecundo:
Hebdomoda sexagesimaquinta juxta Danielis prophetiam:
Olympiade centesima nongentesimaquarta:
Ab urbe Roma condita anno septingentesimo quinquagesimosecundo:
Anno imperii Octaviani Augusti quadragesimosecundo, toto Orbe in pace composito, sexta mundi aetate, Iesus Christus aeternus Deus, aeternique Patris Filius, mundum volens adventu suo piisimo consecrare, de Spiritu Sancto conceptus, novemque post conceptionem decursis mensibus, in Bethlehem Iudae nascitur ex Maria Virgine factus homo:
NATIVITAS DOMINI NOSTRI IESU CHRISTI SECUNDUM CARNEM.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Living as we do in a clerical house of study in Rome, it should come as no surprise that our daily community rosary is prayed in Latin. For any who wish to join us, the form we use is below. The list of intentions is particular to our own college, but might serve as a template for anyone with moderate knowledge of Latin to write their own.
Rosarium Beatae Mariae Virginis
V. Deus in adiutorium meum intende,
R. Domine ad adiuvandum me festina.
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae. Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad inferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
*Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.
Pro Summi Pontificis intentionibus.
Pater Noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.
*Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
Ut virtutes fidei, spei, caritatisque in animis nostris accrescant.
Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
*Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spirítui Sancto.
*Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Deus, tibi offerimus hoc rosarium pro Summo Pontifice atque intentionibus eius, pro omnibus ordinis nostrae canonicis monialibusque, pro huius collegii habitantibus, pro vocationibus ardentibus, [pro N.(abl.) in eius festo/natale], pro humanae vitae praesidio, pro mundi conversione, et pro requie aeterna [N.(gen.) et] omnium in Purgatorio animarum.
O mi Iesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim illas quae maxime indigent misericordia tua.
Quinque Mysteria (Gaudiosa, Luminosa, Dolorosa, Gloriosa):
(Primum, Secundum, Tertium, Quartum, Quintum) Mysterium
* Annuntiatio Gabrielis Archangeli ad Beatam Mariam Virginem
* Visitatio Beatae Mariae Virginis ad Elisabeth
* Nativitas Domini Nostri Iesu Christi
* Presentatio Iesu Infantis in templo
* Inventio Iesu in templo
* Baptisma in flumine Iordano
* Revelatio sui ipsius ad nuptias Cananenses
* Proclamatio Regni Dei simul cum invitatio ad conversionem
* Institutio Eucharistiae
* Agonia Iesu in horto Gethsemani
* Flagellatio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi
* Coronatio Iesu spinis
* Portatio crucis suae a Iesu
* Crucifixio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi
* Resurrectio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi
* Ascensio Iesu in Coelum
* Descensio Sancti Spiritus super Mariam et Apostolos
* Assumptio Beatae Mariae Virginis in coelum
* Coronatio Beatae Mariae Virginis in reginam coeli
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Oremus. Deus, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit, concede, quaesumus: ut haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt assequamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Sancte Ioseph, Dei Genetricis Sponse,
*Ora pro nobis.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Consider also the natural symbolism of the season. Parents expecting a child do not insist on putting off all celebrations until the birth has occurred, but rather their joy builds until the climactic moment of the child's entrance into the visible world.
Therefore, do not feel ashamed to begin caroling and having your Christmas parties this week. Advent is not a time to pretend that Christ has not yet come into the world.Advent is itself the Christian Life, which is the joyful pursuit of heaven. Advent is this: to keep Christmas in your heart all year long.
[Update: Vatican Christmas Tree To Be Lit In A Ceremony Today]
[Update 19 Dec: An Advent Memory at Solesmes]
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|Journey of the Magi (1902) by James Tissot|
|LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom|
|Lead Thou me on!|
|The night is dark, and I am far from home—|
|Lead Thou me on!|
|Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see|
|The distant scene—one step enough for me.|
I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that Thou
|Shouldst lead me on.|
|I loved to choose and see my path, but now|
|Lead Thou me on!|
|I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,|
|Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.|
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
|Will lead me on,|
|O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till|
|The night is gone;|
|And with the morn those angel faces smile|
|Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.|
June 16, 1833.
"While traveling in Italy as a young priest, John Newman fell ill and stayed at Castle Giovanni almost three weeks. Finally, he was well enough continue his journey to Palermo: "Before starting from my inn, I sat down on my bed and began to sob bitterly. My servant, who had acted as my nurse, asked what ailed me. I could only answer, “I have a work to do in England.” I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange boat, bound for Marseilles. We were becalmed for whole week in the Straits of Bonifacio, and it was there that I wrote the lines, “Lead, Kindly Light,” which have since become so well known.""
Thursday, December 9, 2010
H. Res. 1704
In the House of Representatives, U. S.,
December 8, 2010.
Whereas in 490 BC, Athenian warriors defeated foreign invaders and won against overwhelming odds in one of the most significant battles in human history;
Whereas the Athenian victory helped continue the development of a new form of government called `democracy';
Whereas according to legend, a messenger named Phidippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon, Greece, to Athens 26 miles away to carry news of the victory and it is said, that upon delivering the news to the citizens of Athens, Phidippides died from exhaustion;
Whereas Phidippides' run inspired the spiritual origin of what has become the sport of marathoning;
Whereas the first official marathon race was introduced in the first modern Olympics in 1896 held in Athens, Greece;
Whereas officials from the Boston Athletic Association brought the long distance Olympic running event to Boston, Massachusetts, where it has been run annually since 1897;
Whereas a ceremony took place in Marathon, Greece, in 2007 at the Tomb of the Athenians, the burial cite of the Greek warriors who gave their lives defending their country;
Whereas this ceremony created the symbolic Flame of Marathon that embodies the strength of the human spirit, fair competition, and peace;
Whereas Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Marathon, Greece, have a twin-city relationship, the Flame of Marathon traveled from Marathon, Greece, and was presented to the Town of Hopkinton in 2008;
Whereas the Flame of Marathon has burned continuously in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, since its arrival in the United States;
Whereas the Flame of Marathon reminds us of the sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces and their families, the defenders of democracy;
Whereas the 35th Marine Corps Marathon received the Flame of Marathon as part of its celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon; and
Whereas the Flame of Marathon was displayed at events leading to and including the Marine Corps Marathon in view of 30,000 runners who embodied the marathon spirit as they ran through Washington, DC:
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives joins with the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC, the people of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the people of Marathon, Greece, and the hundreds of thousands of runners participating in marathons throughout the United States, in celebrating the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, Greece, one of the most significant battles in human history.
The formatting is mine. Thanks to Brad Birzer for drawing this to our attention.