Monthly Archives: August 2022

Ministeria Quaedam 9: Norms 9-13, Final Notes

Let’s finish up this document, ok? There is no official English translation, but I did find an English rendering here on the Adoremus site. For starters, a parish priest doesn’t confer these ministries: 9. The ministries are conferred by the … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 46: Confidence About Creation

This is largely a summary of the previous thinking. We can note incarnation, God using objects in the physical universe to impart grace. We do not want to indulge the materialism so often seen and abused. 46. Above all we must … Continue reading

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Ministeria Quaedam 9: Norms 7-8, Requirements for Admission

7. In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, institution to the ministries of reader and acolyte is reserved to men. We all know that is out the window, right? 8. The following are requirements for admission to the … Continue reading

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On The Tube Again: Purgatory

There’s a backlash against eulogies in many church circles. I don’t get worked up about it … unless they go much beyond a few minutes at a funeral Mass. I think I get the indulgence for it. Everybody knows a … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 45: More Symbols

Let’s continue to delve into the topic of symbols. In the modern culture of sport, there are many symbols, and people readily engage them. There are rituals surrounding food (tailgating), drink (enough said), pilgrimage (transportation to games), procession (the walk … Continue reading

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Ministeria Quaedam 9: Norm 6, Acolytes

Regarding the acolyte … 6. The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 44: Symbols, Especially the Body

Romano Guardini is in the liturgy news these days, at least in the social media outlets I’ve seen quoting his laments about the inadequacies of modern Christians. I agree with his sense of the modern divorce from religious symbol. However, … Continue reading

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Planets on Stamps, 1970s

Since the Artemis I launch was postponed today, maybe some space stuff here instead. I’ve sold or given away most of the collections I began in childhood. Still, they interest me. Stamps and space combined, yay. It was the 1970s … Continue reading

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Not Lobbies

DDWDS head Arthur Roche’s red hat day comment: But you know, you touch this area, and everyone starts screaming. That should tell us something straight away. What is this, that’s almost becoming hysterical? Because the Church has decreed at its … Continue reading

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The Innocents of War

I see Pope Francis taking a bit of heat for referring to Darya Dugina, a Russian nationalist and vocal supporter of war, as an innocent. What is the distinction between a soldier who pulls a trigger, and a citizen who … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 43: Giving Glory

43. The Liturgy gives glory to God not because we can add something to the beauty of the inaccessible light within which God dwells (cf. 1 Timothy 6:16). Nor can we add to the perfection of the angelic song which … Continue reading

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Ministeria Quaedam 9: Norm 5, The Reader

In common parlance in American Catholicism, we use the term lector. Over the past half-century, we’ve become accustomed to this being a ministry of laypeople. Not just men, but women, teens, and children. For nearly every parish, the ministry as … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 42: Incarnate Things

Jesus came in the flesh, and that gesture continues in liturgy, not abstractions but in things in our universe the human body can sense: 42. This existential engagement happens — in continuity with and consistent with the method of Incarnation … Continue reading

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Ministeria Quaedam 9: Norm 4, Readers and Acolytes Preserved

4. Two ministries, adapted to present-day needs, are to be preserved in the whole Latin Church, namely, those of reader and acolyte. The functions heretofore assigned to the subdeacon are entrusted to the reader and the acolyte; consequently, the major … Continue reading

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Desiderio Desideravi 41: The Mystery of Christ

41. From all that we have said about the nature of the Liturgy it becomes clear that knowledge of the mystery of Christ, the decisive question for our lives, does not consist in a mental assimilation of some idea but … Continue reading

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