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A.I.M. ANALYSIS. INKLINGS. METACOMMENTARY.

Salve! The digital sacristy has many cabinets. Rummage around the premises as time or inclination permits.

III. MARY - ESCHATOLOGICAL ICON OF THE CHURCH


CCC972 After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary. In her we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on her own "pilgrimage of faith," and what she will be in the homeland at the end of her journey. There, "in the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity," "in the communion of all the saints," the Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother.

A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI). The Ratzinger Report (p. 130).

May Flower Scenes For Our Lady

May Flower Scenes For Our Lady
May 26, 2015 - Bells

On The Transcendentals of Being

We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”—Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

On Human Dignity

CCC1700. The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude. It is essential to a human being freely to direct himself to this fulfillment. By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God and attested by moral conscience. Human beings make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole sentient and spiritual lives into means of this growth. With the help of grace they grow in virtue, avoid sin, and if they sin they entrust themselves as did the prodigal son to the mercy of our Father in heaven. In this way they attain to the perfection of charity.

Monday, June 24, 2013

CofE Wedding • The Ordinariate may have just gained two new members.

A (faux) vicar in Nottinghamshire has led a disco dance routine at the end of a couple's wedding ceremony.

Gary and Tracy Richardson joined Church of England (pretend) vicar Kate Bottley in the pre-arranged flash-mob inspired dance at St Mary's and St Martin's Church in Blyth.
Take note of the departure of two elderly women at 1:05. Their facial expressions say all that needs to be said.



One word for the departing women: Ordinariate.

2 comments:

  1. I think the CofE calls this sort of thing Fresh Expressions. I will say it seems more appropriate for the reception. Impressive choreography, though. And to be fair, she continued with the proper prayers. Have you seen Catholic clown masses? I think they call it the Spirit of Vatican II. Worse than this wedding shown, the clown antics last throughout whole Mass.

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    1. Thank you for the comments, FrDarryl.

      'Fresh Expressions',... indeed. The relabelling of expired food as "fresh" to make it sellable comes to mind.

      "...she continued with the proper prayers...". Unfortunately, too little too late for those offended and who left the gathering.

      My professional dancer friends would certainly disagree about the choreography. :-)

      Oh yes, the clown masses. In a word—Ugh, as in ugly! Equally deserving of ridicule. Don't think for a moment the finger is pointing in one direction only. Abuse is abuse.

      One thing to note: if the canon of the Mass is said properly, then even a clown Mass is still a valid Mass, even if repeatedly torn at by misguided clergy and laity. The validity of the Sacrament does not depend on the personal sanctity (or lack thereof) of the individual priest. Thanks be to God for that.

      As you are probably aware, Catholics have expressed serious doubt as to the validity of the Anglican Eucharist since there is serious doubt concerning the validity of Anglican orders. I.e., there is no valid consecration because there is no valid consecrator. The point is not to offend here. Rather, the point is to state that an abuse at a Catholic Mass is far worse than the antics of a prancing protestant parson at an Anglican liturgy since there is no sacrilege committed against the Real Presence because, from a Catholic perspective, there is no Real Presence (i.e., no Body and Blood of Christ) at an Anglican liturgy.

      Because Christ is truly and substantially Present in the Holy Eucharist—so Catholics and Orthodox believe—at least from the consecration onwards, an abuse at a Catholic Mass can be horrifically sacrilegious. A Catholic priest bears a tremendous consequence should a sacrilege be committed against the Host or Precious Blood, for example.

      Those clown faced priests are not merely clowns clowning around, they are playing lightly with the sacred rites, something expressly prohibited in Sacrosanctum Concilium. cf especially para. 22.

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Another view of Douglas Creek

Another view of Douglas Creek
May 28, 2015

On clearly seeing and hearing the True, the Good and the Beautiful

The degree to which one is disposed to God’s purifying grace is the degree to which one may more deeply appreciate the true, the good and the beautiful. Purified of selfishness and attraction to things which imprison the soul in things unbecoming a person of faith and reason, such a person can see and hear more clearly and appreciate more deeply authentic beauty than the person who, enamoured in things beneath the dignity of a child of God, is incapable of distinguishing between the true, the good and the beautiful on the one hand and the false, the evil and the abhorrent on the other. The degree to which one is enamoured in false goods will determine the degree to which one is subject to confusion about goods. The degree to which one is free of disordered attachments is the degree to which one is capable of distinguishing between what is good and what is not. He, the one not subject to false attachments, is not subject to confusion. If confused, that person can turn to Holy Mother Church for guidance: the Catechism; the teaching of the Doctors of the Church.