Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Unlike Stephan and his adventurous trip to Europe, my trip is down to New South Whales.
Sorry about the lack of posts on my bit, life's a bit hectic and de-motivational. When I return which will be around the 2nd of October, I hope to resume posting, with fun photos from the trip.
Just to keep you happy, a nice photo from my "liturgical adventures" as Stephan puts them in the Ukrainian rite of the Catholic church.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Mother Teresa is great example of a saintly nun, one thing most lefties frequently forget is that she was well Catholic, not a commie. She did love thy neigbour and she did it like Christ, but she also was fully in line with the church's teachings and shared some very traditional views, here's just one.
"I will tell you a secret, since we have just a thousand close friends together, and also because we have the Missionaries of Charity with us...
"Not very long ago I said Mass and preached for their Mother, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and after breakfast we spent quite a long time talking in a little room. Suddenly, I found myself asking her -- don't know why -- 'Mother, what do you think is the worst problem in the world today?' She more than anyone could name any number of candidates: famine, plague, disease, the breakdown of the family, rebellion against God, the corruption of the media, world debt, nuclear threat, and so on.
"Without pausing a second she said, 'Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand.'"
- Father George William Rutler, Good Friday, 1989 in St. Agnes Church, New York City (a precise transcript taken from a tape of his talk available from St. Agnes Church)
I mentioned this to a worker at St Vicent de Paul and he told me "boy, the world has bigger problems then that". Interesting, some people, view everything as a cafeteria, picking what they like and leaving anything they don't. Ie taking social justices and leaving the divinity of Christ.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
After Father's talk we had a Eucharistic procession to the grotto of Our Lady of Fatima.Which was followed by benediction.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
The Ukrainian rite is the second largest rite of the church and has even earn t the title of church of the martyrs, due to a large number of Ukrainian catholics being martyred for the faith during soviet times. The liturgy was very interesting a quite a change from both forms of the roman rite that I attend. The prayers were sung in Ukrainian (being polish i understood some of it) and from the English translations that i have read were quite beautiful. Down in Melbourne I had a discuss with JP about noise and the thurible, quite right the censing in the divine liturgy is very noise and very obvious. Another interesting part was the offertory at the start of mass, that allowed me as one assisting at the liturgy to offer some bread for specific intentions. Finally consecration was very diffrent for a Roman, the servers sign them selves and then touch the ground once the consecration is complete. Looking forward to more liturgies in the future.