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Instead of simply bothering other people in their website, I've decided to create my own weblog.It is named after the first words of the Mass (Introit) of the day in which it was established, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It truly is one of the most beautiful of all Introits in the Liturgical Year.
oráte, cæli, désuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiátur terra, et gérminet Salvatórem. (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.) Ps. 18, 2 Cæli enárrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánuum ejus annúntiat firmaméntum. (The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands.) Glória Patri...
The imagery of celestial dew, a favorite of the Latin Church (it is mentioned, for instance, in the Traditional formula for the Consecration of Bishops), is often repeated in these words adapted from Isaias. The same words are repeated throughout Advent in responsories of the Divine Office, partly in the Introit of the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (S. Maria in Sabbato) in Advent, as well as in several other traditional liturgical texts of the West.
The audio and image files of the Introit are available here and an actual audio recording of it is available here (mp3 file; the quality is poor, but one can clearly hear the metalic sounds of the chains of thuribles...).
I�m sure your day has been just as full as mine. I began my day by celebrating mass at the Cathedral Rectory Chapel at 7:30 this morning and had a productive meeting with the Presbyteral Council from 10:30 until 2:00 this afternoon. The Council consists of priests who are elected by their peers and we regularly meet to discuss Archdiocesan matters. Their input greatly serves in assisting me as Archbishop and I�m always grateful for their time. In addition to several other meetings, I read through my mail and just had enough time to pack my bag.
Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my first experience writing a blog, as it�s also a new venture for the Archdiocese.
Communicating with, supporting and serving Catholics of the Archdiocese at each of our Parishes are our top priorities. This blog is our newest effort to speak directly with you, as I�m looking forward to sharing my Rome experiences with everyone.
As I return to the Eternal City, only a short time since the Consistory, someone asked me this week, what are my favorite memories from that time in March. My fondest memories are from being with my family during that joyous occasion. Looking back, I was also so happy � and surprised � with having over 500 people with us from Boston in Rome.
The honor that the Holy Father bestowed upon me, is an honor that I share with you and all of Boston. We are united as Catholics and I hope we can share together my experiences in Rome through this blog.
Well, shortly we will be leaving my office at the Cathedral to go to Logan Airport. I will be flying to Rome tonight, accompanied by Fr. Brian Bachand, who loyally serves as Secretary to the Cardinal.
While I am not looking forward to the many many hours of travel that we are facing, I am looking forward to the opportunity to quietly read, prepare for Rome and hopefully catch a few winks of sleep. Our itinerary says that we will be flying for almost nine hours total and shortly after our arrival at the Vatican we will be traveling immediately to San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio�s Shrine is located. I�ve heard so much about San Giovanni Rotondo and I am so excited to finally visit.
I think I�m taking more books than I can possibly read - my carry-on bag will be bursting at the seams�.hopefully security lets me through the gates.
Please pray for me on this important trip and join me in praying for our Archdiocese.
Thank you again for visiting my blog.
The next time I write to you, it will be from Rome. Before I go, I want to share with you a beautiful slideshow created by photographer George Martell. It captures many of the joyous moments from the Consistory events.
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I started this blog so that I would have a place to post my homilies. Please feel free to critique, question, comment upon, or even damn my efforts. I preach on a regular basis at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, TX and at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas. Pax,
Author: Ryan Duns, SJ
I'm a Jesuit from the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. I entered on August 21, 2004. Prior to entering the Jesuits, I earned a BA in Religious Studies from Canisius College and an MA in Religious Studies from John Carroll University. I was also a professional Irish musician and teacher, and I play the accordion at various Irish dancing competitions (feiseanna). Part of my ministry involves studying philosophy and teaching the course "Introduction to the Irish Tin Whistle" at Fordham University.
The title for this blog is inspired by an expression of Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Roman Curia on 22 December 2005. In order to give the context, here is a quotation:
The last event of this year on which I wish to reflect here is the celebration of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council 40 years ago. This memory prompts the question: What has been the result of the Council? Was it well received? What, in the acceptance of the Council, was good and what was inadequate or mistaken? What still remains to be done? No one can deny that in vast areas of the Church the implementation of the Council has been somewhat difficult, even without wishing to apply to what occurred in these years the description that St Basil, the great Doctor of the Church, made of the Church's situation after the Council of Nicea: he compares her situation to a naval battle in the darkness of the storm, saying among other things: "The raucous shouting of those who through disagreement rise up against one another, the incomprehensible chatter, the confused din of uninterrupted clamouring, has now filled almost the whole of the Church, falsifying through excess or failure the right doctrine of the faith..." (De Spiritu Sancto, XXX, 77; PG 32, 213 A; SCh 17 ff., p. 524).
We do not want to apply precisely this dramatic description to the situation of the post-conciliar period, yet something from all that occurred is nevertheless reflected in it. The question arises: Why has the implementation of the Council, in large parts of the Church, thus far been so difficult?
Well, it all depends on the correct interpretation of the Council or - as we would say today - on its proper hermeneutics, the correct key to its interpretation and application. The problems in its implementation arose from the fact that two contrary hermeneutics came face to face and quarrelled with each other. One caused confusion, the other, silently but more and more visibly, bore and is bearing fruit.
On the one hand, there is an interpretation that I would call "a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture"; it has frequently availed itself of the sympathies of the mass media, and also one trend of modern theology. On the other, there is the "hermeneutic of reform", of renewal in the continuity of the one subject-Church which the Lord has given to us. She is a subject which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God.
The hermeneutic of discontinuity risks ending in a split between the pre-conciliar Church and the post-conciliar Church. It asserts that the texts of the Council as such do not yet express the true spirit of the Council. It claims that they are the result of compromises in which, to reach unanimity, it was found necessary to keep and reconfirm many old things that are now pointless. However, the true spirit of the Council is not to be found in these compromises but instead in the impulses toward the new that are contained in the texts.
These innovations alone were supposed to represent the true spirit of the Council, and starting from and in conformity with them, it would be possible to move ahead. Precisely because the texts would only imperfectly reflect the true spirit of the Council and its newness, it would be necessary to go courageously beyond the texts and make room for the newness in which the Council's deepest intention would be expressed, even if it were still vague.
In a word: it would be necessary not to follow the texts of the Council but its spirit. In this way, obviously, a vast margin was left open for the question on how this spirit should subsequently be defined and room was consequently made for every whim.
The nature of a Council as such is therefore basically misunderstood. In this way, it is considered as a sort of constituent that eliminates an old constitution and creates a new one. However, the Constituent Assembly needs a mandator and then confirmation by the mandator, in other words, the people the constitution must serve. The Fathers had no such mandate and no one had ever given them one; nor could anyone have given them one because the essential constitution of the Church comes from the Lord and was given to us so that we might attain eternal life and, starting from this perspective, be able to illuminate life in time and time itself.
Through the Sacrament they have received, Bishops are stewards of the Lord's gift. They are "stewards of the mysteries of God" (I Cor 4: 1); as such, they must be found to be "faithful" and "wise" (cf. Lk -48). This requires them to administer the Lord's gift in the right way, so that it is not left concealed in some hiding place but bears fruit, and the Lord may end by saying to the administrator: "Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs" (cf. Mt 25: 14-30; Lk 19: 11-27).
These Gospel parables express the dynamic of fidelity required in the Lord's service; and through them it becomes clear that, as in a Council, the dynamic and fidelity must converge.
The hermeneutic of discontinuity is countered by the hermeneutic of reform, as it was presented first by Pope John XXIII in his Speech inaugurating the Council on
11 October 1962and later by Pope Paul VI in his Discourse for the Council's conclusion on 7 December 1965.
Here I shall cite only John XXIII's well-known words, which unequivocally express this hermeneutic when he says that the Council wishes "to transmit the doctrine, pure and integral, without any attenuation or distortion". And he continues: "Our duty is not only to guard this precious treasure, as if we were concerned only with antiquity, but to dedicate ourselves with an earnest will and without fear to that work which our era demands of us...". It is necessary that "adherence to all the teaching of the Church in its entirety and preciseness..." be presented in "faithful and perfect conformity to the authentic doctrine, which, however, should be studied and expounded through the methods of research and through the literary forms of modern thought. The substance of the ancient doctrine of the deposit of faith is one thing, and the way in which it is presented is another...", retaining the same meaning and message (The Documents of Vatican II, Walter M. Abbott, S.J., p. 715).
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I was raised a Baptist (in Alaska), but during my college years (in Arkansas) I found myself adrift in terms of faith. Apparently my Guardian Angel thought I was in need of some serious help, because I ended up becoming friends with this philosophy major who turns out to be a proto-apologist and theologian and who eventually is a major influence on me and my family coming into the Church. Neat! Jimmy is also, as you know, a fun and interesting guy with a fun and interesting blog, so in the interest of keepingyour interest I'll get to the point of this post...
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SQPN (Star Quest Production Network) is a multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Its mission is to respond to the Church’s call to use the media for religious information, for evangelization and catechesis and for formation and education¹.
These audio and video productions are made in different languages and are aimed at an international audience. They focus on building bridges between the dominant popular culture of the Western world and the religious culture and tradition of the Catholic Church in order to reach an audience that has little or no relationship with that Church.
Just as the star of Bethlehem emerged within the foreign culture of the three magi, and invited them to start an adventurous journey to the newborn Savior, the programs of SQPN tap into popular culture to invite people on a journey of discovery towards an encounter with Christ.
SQPN produces on-demand audio and video programs, also known as podcasts, and offers a portal for a select number of affiliated Catholic podcasters that share the vision and media strategy of SQPN.
SQPN is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Georgia, USA. Its international headquarters are located in Roswell, GA; SQPN’s European branch is located in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
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