Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bugnini-Liturgy and the Reform of the Reform back in print

available here

via NLM

The Vestments of the Roman Rite

by Fr. Adrian Fortescue

via NLM

Charger challenges Ford, Chevy for police sales

Charger challenges Ford, Chevy for police sales

Hrm... will they become more prominent in the Bay Area? I think I saw one (or something similar) for the Palo Alto Police Department. Karen DeCoster at blog doesn't like the trend, but she doesn't have much positive to say about police departments. (See this post particularly.)

Are police departments becoming overly-militarized? There are some who think the A-class uniforms should be kept, instead of BDUs being adopted, so that the gap between the police and the normal citizenry isn't increased, and so on...

CI: Song Hye-gyo Poised for U.S. Debut

Song Hye-gyo Poised for U.S. Debut

The new is finally up!

The Korean Who Dresses Matryoshkas in Hanbok

The Korean Who Dresses Matryoshkas in Hanbok

Peter Hitchens on misguided attempts to help drug addicts

A fix on the state

A fix on the State: Several responses

Zenit: Prayer Is Best Way to Aid Pope, Says His Brother

Prayer Is Best Way to Aid Pope, Says His Brother

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger Recalls Family Environment

VIENNA, Austria, NOV. 22, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's brother says the best way to help the Pope is with prayer.

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger told ZENIT that his younger brother indeed bears a heavy burden with the mission of Pontiff, but affirmed that the Holy Father knows he is not alone and feels “supported by the entire Church, by all his brothers and by all the faithful."

Monsignor Ratzinger added, "He knows many people pray for him and he knows he has a guardian angel, as well as the protection of God, who chose him for this task."

The monsignor recommended, in addition to prayer, supporting the younger Ratzinger, "above all in affirming and living out in one’s own environment his exhortations, and everything he teaches.”

Monsignor Ratzinger spoke of the days he spent with his brother when the Pope traveled to Bavaria, Sept. 9-14, 2006: "Above all, I should say that I was treated everywhere with much attention and a spirit of service. I felt supported by people always willing to help, and I found a great atmosphere of celebration. The bad weather could never have bothered me.”

On that occasion, the Holy Father reserved a day for personal activities, visiting Monsignor Ratzinger's house in Regensburg, traveling to the house in Pentling, where he lived when he was professor at the University of Regensburg, and to the cemetery of Ziegetzdorf, where his parents (Maria and Joseph) and his sister, Maria, are buried.

Glorifying God

Georg Ratzinger was born in 1924 in Pleiskirchen, close to the city of Altotting. Joseph Ratzinger was born April 16, 1927. The Ratzinger brothers were ordained the same day, June 29, 1951.

Monsignor Ratzinger, like his brother, recorded his memoirs, stressing the deep devotion that continually shaped the life of his family.

He said the principle that always guided the three siblings was one they found in the catechism: “Why are we here on this earth? So we can give glory to God and get to heaven."

Father Georg followed his passion for music, becoming chapel master in Traunstein and then, in 1964, the director of the chorus at the Regensburg Cathedral.

As far as his vocation to the priesthood, Monsignor Ratzinger said his calling progressed naturally: “The ground was prepared by a good family life, where the faith was something living.”

Zenit: New Encyclical Due Out Next Week

New Encyclical Due Out Next Week

"Spe Salvi" to Be Released in 8 Languages

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 2007 ( Benedict XVI's second encyclical, "Spe Salvi," will be signed and released to the public Nov. 30, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.The Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said Thursday that the Holy Father would sign the document next Friday. The Vatican further confirmed today that the encyclical will also be released that day in eight languages, including English.

The Holy See said "Saved In Hope" will be presented by Cardinal Georges Cottier, retired theologian of the Pontifical Household, and Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, retired professor of New Testament at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

As the Church prepares for the Year of St. Paul, the title, "Spe Salvi," refers to Paul's Letter to the Romans, 8:24: "For in hope we were saved."

Hope has been an important theme in this pontificate. For example, in the homily the Pope delivered in Naples last Oct. 21 at the inauguration of the interreligious meeting for peace, he spoke of hope 11 times.

Benedict XVI's second encyclical continues with a reflection on the theological virtues: faith, hope and charity. His 2005 encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est," considered charity.

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and of Hearts

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and of Hearts

Gospel Commentary for This Sunday

By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

ROME, NOV. 23, 2007 ( The solemnity of Christ the King was instituted only recently. It was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in response to the atheist and totalitarian political regimes that denied the rights of God and the Church. The climate in which the feast was born was, for example, that of the Mexican revolution, when many Christians went to their deaths crying out to their last breath, “Long live Christ the King!”

But if the feast is recent, its content and its central idea are not; they are quite ancient and we can say that they were born with Christianity. The phrase “Christ reigns” has its equivalent in the profession of faith: “Jesus is Lord,” which occupies a central place in the preaching of the apostles.

Sunday’s Gospel passage narrates the death of Christ, because it is at that moment that Christ begins to rule over the world. The cross is Christ’s throne. “Above him there was an inscription that read, ‘This is the King of the Jews.'” That which in the intention of his enemies was the justification of his condemnation, was, in the eyes of the heavenly Father, the proclamation of his universal sovereignty.

To see what this feast has to do with us, we need only recall to our minds a very simple distinction. There are two universes, two worlds or cosmoses: the “macrocosm,” which is the whole universe external to us, and the “microcosm,” or the little universe, which is each individual man. The liturgy itself, in the reform that followed Vatican II, felt the need to accent the human and spiritual aspect of the feast over the, so to speak, political aspect of the feast. The prayer of the feast no longer asks, as it once did, “that all the families of nations, now kept apart by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of [Christ’s] rule” but that “every creature, freed from the slavery of sin, serve and praise [Christ] forever.”

Let us consider again the inscription placed above Christ: “This is the King of the Jews.” The onlookers challenged him to manifest his royalty openly and many, even among his friends, expected a spectacular demonstration of his kingship. But he chose only to show his kingship in his solicitousness for one man, who was, in fact, a criminal: “‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.'"

From this point of view, the most important question to ask on the feast of Christ the King is not whether he reigns in the world but whether he reigns in me; it is not whether his kingship is recognized by states and governments, but whether it is recognized and lived in me.

Is Christ the King and Lord of my life? Who rules in me, who determines the goals and establishes priorities: Christ or someone else? According to St. Paul, there are two ways to live: either for ourselves or for the Lord (Romans 14:7-9). Living “for ourselves” means living like someone who takes himself to be the beginning and the end; it is a life closed in on itself, drawn only by its own satisfaction and glory, without any perspective of eternity. Living “for the Lord,” on the contrary, means living for the Lord, that is, with a view to him, for his glory, for his kingdom.

What we have here is truly a new existence, in the face of which, death itself has lost its definitiveness. The greatest contradiction that man has always experienced -- that between life and death -- has been overcome. The contradiction is no longer between “living” and “dying” but between living “for ourselves” and living “for the Lord.”

[Translation by ZENIT]

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Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the Pontifical Household preacher. The readings for this Sunday are 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Saint Cecilia, November 22

Patron Saints Index: Saint Cecilia


Someone needs to write a traditional icon for her as well.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Shadow in the Palace

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On Trust in God

On Trust in God
"Let Us Not be Afraid of the Future, Even When it Appears Bleak"

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 18, 2007 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today before reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

In today's Gospel passage St. Luke re-proposes the biblical vision of history for our reflection and reports the words of Jesus that invite the disciples not to have fear but to face difficulties, misunderstandings and even persecutions with trust, persevering in faith in him.

"When you hear of wars and insurrections," the Lord says, "do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end" (Luke 21:9). Mindful of this admonition of the Lord, the Church has from the very beginning lived in the prayerful expectation of the Lord's return, scrutinizing the signs of the times and putting the faithful on guard against recurring messianic movements that from time to time proclaim that the end of the world is imminent.

In reality, history must follow its course, which also brings human dramas and natural calamities with it. A plan of salvation that Christ has already carried out in his incarnation, death, and resurrection develops in history. The Church continues to proclaim and realize this mystery through preaching, the celebration of the sacraments and the witness of charity.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us welcome Christ's invitation to face daily events trusting in his providential love. Let us not be afraid of the future, even when it appears bleak to us, for the God of Jesus Christ, who took up history to open it up to its transcendent fulfillment, is its alpha and omega, the beginning and the end (cf. Revelation 1:8). He guarantees that in every little but genuine act of love the meaning of the whole universe is contained, and those who do not hesitate to lose their lives for him, will find them again in fullness (cf. Matthew 16:25).

Consecrated persons, who have placed their life without reserve at the service of the kingdom of God invite us with singular effectiveness to keep this perspective alive. Among these persons I would like especially to draw attention to those who are called to contemplation in cloistered monasteries. The Church dedicates a particular day to them on Wednesday, Nov. 21, the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple. We owe much to these persons who live by what providence procures for them through the generosity of the faithful.

"As a spiritual oasis, a monastery reminds today's world of the most important, and indeed, in the end, the only decisive thing: that there is an ultimate reason why life is worth living -- God and his unfathomable love" (Address at Heiligenkreuz, Sept. 9, 2007). Faith that works in charity is the true antidote for the nihilistic mentality, which in our epoch spreads its influence further and further throughout the world.

May Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Word, accompany us on the earthly pilgrimage. We ask her to support the witness of all Christians, that it always rest on a solid and persevering faith.

[After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims in several languages. In Italian, he said:]

In recent days southern Bangladesh was struck by a terrible cyclone that injured and killed numerous people and caused grave destruction. In renewing my profound condolences to the families and the whole nation, which is so dear to me, I appeal for international solidarity, which has already moved to assist with immediate necessities. I ask that every possible effort be made to succor these sorely tried brothers.

Today there opens in Jordan the 8th meeting of the countries who signed the convention on the ban of the use, stockpiling, manufacture and transport of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction. The Holy See is among the principal promoters of the convention that was signed 10 years ago. From my heart I convey my greeting and encouragement for a good outcome to the meeting so that these explosives, which continue to generate victims -- among whom are many children -- be completely prohibited.

This afternoon at Novara there will be beatified the venerable servant of God, Antonio Rosmini, a great figure of a priest and an illustrious man of culture, animated by fervid love for God and the Church. He bore witness to the virtue of charity in all of its dimensions and at a high level, but that for which he was mostly known was his generous commitment to what he called "intellectual charity," that is to say the reconciliation of faith and reason. May his example help the Church, especially Italian ecclesial communities, to grow in the awareness that the light of reason and that of grace, when they walk together, become a source of benediction for the human person and for society.

[Translation by ZENIT]

[In English, he said:]

I offer a warm welcome to the English-speaking visitors gathered for this Angelus prayer, including the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way from Malta. Today's Gospel urges us to be steadfast in our faith, trusting in Christ's victory and the coming of his Kingdom. May we find in prayer the strength to remain always faithful to the Lord and his Church! God bless you and your families!

© Copyright 2007 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Doctor Who CIN special?

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Special guest star: Peter Davidson?