Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
This is truly a sad day. I ask you dear readers to join us in praying for those who have died and to ask for strength for those who were wounded and injured.
Photos taken by a fellow blogger here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"What Does the (Latin) Prayers Really Sound Like?" The service is primarily intended for priests who want to use the 1962 Missale Romanum, to make them a little more comfortable and confident by being able to hear the prayers before they have to sing or say them.
The lay people are also invited to hear the prayers that "...by hearing the prayers ahead of time and get them in their ears and hearts, their active participation is made much more profound. Active participation, as the Church desires, is first and foremost active receptivity."
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Bishops who void Summorum Pontificum: Do not allow yourselves to be used as INSTRUMENTS OF THE DEVIL
[From Fr.Z's wdtprs.com]
A kind reader sent me this fascinating excerpt from a talk given by His Excellency Most Rev. Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.
the talk was entitled “Faith, Obedience and Theology” and was delivered at the annual meeting of the Dutch Latin Liturgy Association (Vereniging voor Latijnse Liturgie) in ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) on 6 October 2007.
He gave the talk in English, but the person who sent it to me translated it from Dutch. So, it probably varies a little from the original English, which perhaps someone out there can dig up for us.
Read this, with my emphases.
“The motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on the Latin Liturgy of July 7th 2007 is the fruit of a deep reflection by our Pope on the mission of the Church. It is not up to us, who wear ecclesiastical purple and red, to draw this into question, to be disobedient and make the motu proprio void by our own little, tittle rules. Even not if they were made by a bishops conference. Even bishops do not have this right. What the Holy Fathers says, has to be obeyed in the Church. If we do not follow this principle, we will allow ourselves to be used as instruments of the devil, and nobody else. This will lead to discord in the Church, and slows down her mission. We do not have the time to waste on this. Else we behave like emperor Nero, fiddling on his violin while Rome was burning. The churches are emptying, there are no vocations, the seminaries are empty. Priests become older and older, and young priests are scarce.”
NB: His Excellency has made a connection between Pope Benedict’s decision to promulgate Summorum Pontificum and a remedy for ills in the Church, namely, empty churches and empty seminaries.
Thus, this the Pope’s provisions are willed by God, for they comes from Peter as something for the good of the Church. They seek the defend the Church and build her up at critical points of attack by the devil, namely, what happens in a church (worship of God and sanctification through the sacraments, especially Holy Mass) and what happens in a seminary (men are formed to be alter Christus).
Thus, anyone who resists the provisions of the Motu Proprio, aimed at healing these problems of the Church, actually aids the Enemy of the soul and becomes the devil’s pawns.
We don’t have time to waste.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Manny Pacquiao won yesterday's match via a unanimous decision. I'm glad I was able to catch the fight via the live telecast at the San Juan Arena and still make it to the 1:30pm Mass. Most unforgettable was the way Kyla sang the Philippine National Anthem. She has proven that one can sing our Pambansang Awit with humility and still clearly emanate the pride and honor of being a Filipino. She did so without even the use of unnecessary ad libs. She just sang the way it should be sang and yet we felt every note arousing our sense of nationalism and patriotism. Very well done Kyla. Very well done.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Lord, we ask for Your forgiveness and mercy. Teach us to humble ourselves before You, to give due reverence to You, our Lord, our Saviour, our King. Give us the courage not to be afraid and ashamed to kneel, genuflect and give you due reverence when people accuse us of worshiping a cookie when it is really is Your Body, it is really You who Is truly present. Amen.