WHY THE LATIN MASS?
‘We are a people whose lives are based on convenience. And not only is this Mass not convenient to come to: the odd hour, the sketchy neighborhood, the peeling paint of the church: this rite itself is not convenient, for it demands that you give yourself, you lose yourself, you allow yourself to be swept up into the re-presentation of Calvary; it demands that you use silence, holy silence, to go where words cannot go; it demands that you participate deeply in the act, participatio actuosa, rather than persisting with the kind of “active participation” which belongs at a school assembly. To come here requires sacrifice, but that’s what it is all about anyway.’
Inaestimabile donum (1980)
“But these encouraging and positive aspects [of the liturgical reform] cannot suppress concern at the varied and frequent abuses being reported from different parts of the Catholic world: the confusion of roles, especially regarding the priestly ministry and the role of the laity (indiscriminate shared recitation of the Eucharistic Prayer, homilies given by lay people, lay people distributing communion while the priests refrain from doing so); an increasing loss of the sense of the sacred (abandonment of liturgical vestments, the Eucharist celebrated outside of church without real need, lack of reverence and respect for the Blessed Sacrament, etc.); misunderstanding of the ecclesial character of the liturgy (the use of private texts, the proliferation of unapproved Eucharistic Prayers, the manipulation of the liturgical texts for social and political ends). In these cases we are face to face with a real falsification of the Catholic liturgy.”
Pope St. Pius X celebrating mass in the Sistine Chapel, 1908. Photo found on the Saint Bede Studio Blog.
The Institue was founded in 1838 by Madam Julie-Adèle of Gérin-Ricard (1793-1865), who become Prioress under the name of Mother Mary, victim of Jesus Crucified. It’s particular charism is to unite with the Divine Saviour in his victimhood and to imitate it in religion and charity.
The Community is dedicated to the perpetual adoration of most Holy Sacrament. Their motto is Una cum Christo hostia, Cor Unum. The Sisters make vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and enclosure.
It is by love that Jesus Sacrifices himself; it is by love that it is necessary to follow Him in His Sacrifice, and the treasure of this love is contained in the Heart. It is this mark of the Sisters, indicated by their title “Victims of the Sacred Heart”, that indicates their vocation is totally founded upon Love.
The Community consists of one monastery, and — as of 2006 — 20 Nuns and a few Novices. They are served by Priests of the Fraternity of St Peter, and others celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum
I am in close spiritual contact for I don’t know how many years meanwhile with this community. I love, adore and honor them, would want to be one of them so much (if I weren’t happily married - lol) —- but would never have the strength for the kind of life they lead.
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I met a cardinal today!!
Today, the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, was the 60th Anniversary celebration of my parish, the Church of the Ascension.
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C. used to be a priest at my parish a long time ago and he celebrated Mass.
After Mass, my pastor went out of his way to introduce me to His Eminence. He said he would pray for my vocation! Needless to say the Catholic geek inside of me was swooning so much.
God is good!
Happy Feast of the Ascension!
Yeah, his eminence has a habit of encouraging vocations wherever he goes. I still a couple of times when I just happened to be able to serve his Masses, and every time without fail he’d say to the boys something along the lines of “have you considered being a priest? You’d make a good one!”
He’s also had plenty of quirky interactions with JPII that make for great stories. I got the opportunity to hear some of them at a retreat one time when he stopped by for lunch.
But yeah, Cardinal McCarrick is a boss.
Dominican friars of the Eastern province of Order of Preachers, who will be ordained priests on May 24, 2013 at St. Dominic’s in Washington, D.C. Six new priests for the province! What a blessing.
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