This is the spectacular show hosted by the Vatican, announced some time back. The video debuted on March 12, and I came across it researching something else entirely. I definitely look forward to seeing the whole thing.
I really don’t know anything about it yet, as I don’t speak Italian. Surely there’s an English version somewhere.
So much to write about – so little time!
I was considering the whole idea of “wandering”. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not me that’s wandering – it’s the Church.
But, while the Church appears to change from Pope to Pope, that has probably always been the case over the centuries. In the same way. Parishes change from Pastor to Pastor.
Any Catholic knows though, that when you go to a different Parish things can be so entirely different as to be almost unrecognizable. I’ve also been categorized as “one of those Priests who says the Latin Mass.” Which is fine by me – I absolutely love it.
Then, Traditionalists often categorize me as “one of those Novus Ordo Priests who says the Latin Mass in a Novus Ordo Parish.” Which is fine by me as well. I mean – what can I do? I love the Church, and my bishop (Archbishop, in this case.) I’m not going to go rogue and wander about aimlessly (which would, in fact, be wandering.)
My duties in the Parish are to teach, to govern, and to sanctify. It’s the governing part which usually drives people nuts – one has to do what one has to do.
Ultimately, the answer to everything boils down to prayer. More specifically, it boils down to reliance upon the Lord, and admitting what we don’t know. I do know Canon Law. I know Liturgical norms to a great degree. I know the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and am learning Latin.
I don’t know much about business – I rely on our accountant for that and keep my own business as simple as possible. I don’t know much about writing – this post is all over the place. I don’t know much about taxes – I am always correcting them. The Lord is calling me to learn about these things more properly, so I may as well dive right in. It’s going to be an adventure in grace.
And I do know about meditating on the law of the Lord, day and night. Meditating on the Psalms this Lent, a strong theme comes across. The people wander from the Lord, forgetting his mighty works and strong deeds. The Lord’s anger and wrath are stirred against the people. Then comes an intercessor. The Psalmist is always interceding for the people, atoning for his own sins, and praising the Lord for His might works, His mercy, His might in bringing about beautiful restoration.
Moses does the same thing as we read through the Office of Readings – Exodus and Deuteronomy. The Lord is constantly fed up with the people who have no training in His ways. Moses is constantly interceding on their behalf, sparing the wrath of the Lord.
And then – Jesus is lifted high on the Cross. The Cross of our salvation effects en entirely new phase of Salvation History.
I was remarking the other day to a friend that we spend a lot of time meditating upon the Psalms and the Old Testament in the entire Daily Office which we pray. We do have the Gospels and bits of the Epistles in the Mass. I consider though, that we need to spend much more time with the Epistles, which explain a true and rigorous formation in Christ Jesus, and a deep reliance upon the Holy Spirit in both our strengths and in our weaknesses.