Thursday, March 29, 2007
"There are many other things which rightly keep me in the bosom of the Catholic Church. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me, her authority keeps me, inaugurated by miracles, nourished in hope, enlarged by love, and established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, from the very chair of the apostle Peter (to whom the Lord after His resurrection gave charge to feed His sheep) down to the present episcopate."
St. Augustine: Contra Epistolam Manichaei (4th cent).
The cultural revolution overwhelmed many Catholics of that epoch. Having been schooled in the history of the Church, His Eminence saw this unsurpassable tidal wave coming and so he did what all good helmsmen do, he shouted: "To the Alamo and let the games begin!"
The killjoy enemies of the Church are many. Everything good in Europe shoots from the Christian root. Why replace this root? The ever-greater Catholic voice was Card. Ottaviani and may he continue to teach each us not to be a tool of despairing optimism while at the same time to have a sense of humor in the face of the freak attacks on the Church.
Al Car. Ottaviani was from Rome. He had been born in Trastevere in 1890. He, like other Romans, had never completely forgotten the lessons of the persecutions.
The Herculean strength of the enemies of God and His Holy Church is nothing new. Card. Ottaviani warned of this and so was jeered at in his day. While I tarried at his tomb in the Vatican, I thought of the circuitous march through the Catholic world that modernism has made.
He, in his wisdom, taught us to safeguard the sacred deposit of faith as we are the trustees of this inheritance that was destined for us and now entrusted to us as God willed it to us as a gift addressed to us.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Then, as that little lion pup got older, he learned what a true "peregrinus" was. The pilgrim is not just a wanderer of the besieged modern world who is on a weary journey here and there and only in Europe.
Welcome to the quest. To search the trail of the pilgrim the world over is of no medieval romance, but a real spiritual experience in journeying as a devotee from one shrine to another.
Bring your kids on a pilgrimage to your local cathedral to see the throne of the bishop, take them to the altar of your parish church to pray before the relics of the entombed saints there, visit the local monastery, visit the Shrine of the North American Martyrs, etc.
Monday, March 26, 2007
This time I wore shades so my eyes wouldn't get taken out. Wondrously, I was attacked again and at first I was confuted, but then just realized that these jackals would never take me alive.
Once it got to be too much I wished I had brought along a liberal tambourine from a charismatic liturgy so as to seize them away.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
It was in this church that the Ambrosian Rite Mass was sung on Sunday, March 11. The celebrant was a Canon from the Cathedral of Milan, Mons. Angelo Amodeo. The Mass was well attended and the photos follow here below.