Sunday, September 28, 2008

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the altar.

Ecclesiastical bibs and bobs
  • The Eucharist and moral transformation: Fr Steel on Pope Benedict’s teaching. This is a serious area where we need to bring our “tat” up to our hat and engage our conceptual frameworks with the pursuit of true liturgical holiness. That’s Anglo-Catholic for walking the walk.
  • Fr Steel also writes that he believes in ‘incarnating the Mass as theological beauty, invoking all the senses’ or lex orandi and so on. Why all that artsy old-fashioned stuff matters. Commenter Gengulphus adds that trying to give that up would be ‘the ultimate and desolating corruption which perverts the sacrifice into an idolatry’. Pope Benedict: When the community of faith, the world-wide unity of the Church and her history, and the mystery of the living Christ are no longer visible in the liturgy, where else, then, is the Church to become visible in her spiritual essence? Then the community is celebrating only itself, an activity that is utterly fruitless.
  • On a well-formed conscience. Reason is submission to objective reality.
  • ‘So what do monks do all day?’ Treat, trying his vocation with the Cistercians, answers that. Monasteries support themselves with jobs from the traditional such as making cheese to computer work including online. More.
    We’ve also been learning the local Latin. (Here, thanks to the Central European influence, mihi is “meekee,” etc.)

    The final area of personal practice is usually called mental prayer. This is taking the time to talk to and listen for God and people do it in many different ways. I usually find that it helps for me to distract my fidgety body in some way, so the half-hour walk I try to take down one of our trails each morning between lauds and terce is a particularly good time for me. I have a couple favorite places where I like to sit and pray.
    Mine is in bed before falling asleep, not uncommon. An ordinand in England a long time ago told me that was when he and God had chats.
    Be still then, and know that I am God.
    — Psalm 45/46:10

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