Fr. Z posted a letter here about the EF/TLM/Old Form of the Mass making a come back at Our Lady of Victory in State College PA. I was told once that Joe Paterno would go to mass there so that he would not be a distraction to the student body for the Mass on Campus (significantly closer).
Also, I enjoy that it’s Our Lady of Victory, instead of the more recent (400 years ago) Our Lady of the Rosary. There’s something cool about that.
Finally, I had a fantastic confession there once.
St. Peter’s List has 5 Facebook Cover Photos for His Holiness Francis. I assume that they want you to use them and are giving permission!
You can find updated topics of recent addresses/homilies/etc under the “Pope Francis Topics” at the top right of the blog.
I have made a new topic string https://ourladyandsheen.wordpress.com/pope-francis/pope-francis-on-ecumenism/ . Also these can be found in the top right corner under “Pope Francis Topics”
It was amazing to see the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople addressing the Pope in Italian. How crazy would this have been a few decades or centuries ago.
And then, I enjoy that His Holiness thanked his “brother, Andrew.” Peter and Andrew together.
Oh Lord, that they may be One.
I have made the new page: Pope Francis on Hope
The other topics can be found under the link in the top right of the screen “Pope Francis Topics”
I was inspired to see that His Holiness had three private audiences today:
The president of Brazil, immediately after having met with the president of Argentina. Who could imagine a better example of bridge building.
His Holiness Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople. We saw their embrace at the kiss of peace yesturday.
Finally Metropolitan Hilarion from the Moscow Patriarchate. Which I assume means that he was an official delegate from the Patriarch of Moscow… but I could also be wrong!
O Lord, Let there be Thy Holy Peace on earth.
The quote above is from Sheen’s “Power of Love” from “philosophers of the Middle Ages.”. He goes on to say this means, “food laid on a rock is not received in the same manner as food laid on a tongue,” etc (14).
When we are able to Love, we see the beloved more beautifully than one who does not love. To the varying degrees in which we love, we are able to see more or less beauty; as someone who hates is not able to see the beauty at all, for the beauty becomes hateful.
Sheen writes, “The lover has a vision of beauty which is denied the one who hates. When love goes, often even the truly beautiful ceases to be beautiful. A husband who begins to love another woman will wonder why everyone else considers His wife so attractive,” then, “not only the eyes but also the heart can grow cataracts which distort vision, so that the beautiful may even seem ugly.”
How true is this story to us who have fallen into bitterness against someone, and can no longer see any good. I know I am guilty of allowing one grievance to hold me hostage against a thousand virtues of a man, and I am sorry for this sin.
Husbands, continue to love your wives as Christ loved the Church. In this way your wife will remain beautiful to you, even as we remain beautiful to Our Lord.
Over at Creative Minority Report they have this posting… it is amazing! I’m glad someone was there to film it!
That love is a messenger is told in the veil which a woman wears on her wedding day. The veil is not, even the Moslems [sic], to make woman ineffective, nor to hide her personality; rather, the veil among all people’s is a symbol of the invisible. It is a sign that all has not been disclosed, that there are mysteries not yet sounded, treasure not yet discovered.
First, I often forget that the veil that women sometimes where to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is often strenuously objected to, is very readily worn on the wedding day. The woman on the wedding day, at least in the United States, knows that her fiancé knows what she looks like. In modern cultural norms we almost all know mostly about the bodies of a great number of men and women. But, she still wears a veil. I don’t know, as a man, if I can understand all the ramifications behind the woman’s wedding veil, but how happy most are when their fathers walk them down an isle and lift the veil so that her husband to be sees her for the first time in 12 hours. I know that some will say its an ancient tradition from when women were property, and I won’t address that, because I can’t speak properly, and it’s beside my point.
When the woman wears a veil to Mass then, it is much like the wedding day, which it should be to us all. We are receiving the Bridegroom fully at the banquet of Our Lord, a preview of the great feast in Heaven. So, God who also knows the woman, more than her husband ever could, is present at the Mass, and what a joy it should be to veil oneself to contain that special joy between her and God, making it that much more intimate.
Next, since I’ve read a thesis on woman’s modesty of dress, I have noticed how much clothing(both men’s and women’s) affects me. While I have been here, in my hometown, I find that the majority of people dress modestly. Sunday, when I went to Fort Myers to watch the Pirates spring training game, I noticed how provocatively some were dressed. In my masculine nature, I noticed the women more than the men, of course. They were all beautifully made, but I found myself strongly fighting myself to remember that they were creatures of the highest dignity in the created order, because of Christ’s taking on our form. How much I wanted to reassure these women that they could be valued for more than their flesh. And yet, I can not judge the sou; these women may have been the holiest ever born and so I in my weakness as a man, or hopefully prudence, did nothing.
May the Lord have mercy on me if I have done wrong, and grant me the grace to do right in the future.
I make a final plea to all men and women. You are the children of God, priceless beyond the ages! You are more beautiful than any constellation, mountain, sea, or painting. Remember this always in your heart. Exterior “benchmarks” for beauty are pointless and lead to self hatred. Remember that you are loved from On Highh more greatly than any one on earth today could ever love you. If you are seeking love and attention, go to God.
Forgive me for any offense.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me, and on all!
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.