Monday, January 3, 2011

Renewing the Church Goes On -- Amidst All Storms

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a traditional monastic community, in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph under Bishop Robert Finn

"Our lives hidden with Christ in God, we continue to offer the sacrifice of praise which the Church places on our lips, the Divine Office. The psalms which Our Blessed Lord and His Holy Mother recited become for us also the expressions of our souls. The Hours of the Office said throughout the day are as stepping stones which enable us to crossover in prayer and in peace the events of the day." (Constitutions)

"The most important part of Ora et Labora is the et,” one Sister has pointed out. Prayer and work balance each other, prayer flowing into work, and work into prayer, as St. Benedict calls the Divine Office the “work of God.”

See also the Fratenal Society of St. Peter"And so we gather “seven times a day” and “even during the night” (Ps. 118) as prescribed by the psalms themselves, for the recitation of the psalte..." Visit the renewal yourself...

Wherever the spirit of secularism and the trivialization of liturgy, preaching and theology invades the churches, people choose to stay home in bed on Sunday mornings. How many will make an effort only to see a lack of the contemplative spirit at Mass and to hear banal sermons about an amorphous "love" which is shorn of all traditional content? PBS has Mr. Rogers for that. And there is Echart Tolle, Oprah, Joan Chittister...

The Benedictines of Mary are seeking also to build a house of prayer in the Heart of the Church in America...See how we can help...

Cardinal Biffi Breaks Another Taboo. On Dossetti

Sandro Magister in Rome writes, "That is, on one of the leading figures of Vatican II. Rejected as a theologian, and for how he behaved at the time and afterward. "In him was the monk in the politician, and the politician in the monk." Meanwhile, a new history of the Council...ROME, January 3, 2011 – The Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei recently published a new history of Vatican Council II that is causing a great deal of discussion, because of its method and conclusions.

As for the method, de Mattei strictly keeps to the historical facts, to the unfolding of the conciliar event, because – he maintains – the documents of the Council can be understood and judged only in the light of the incidents that produced them.

As for the conclusions, de Mattei gathers from the reconstruction of this event that the documents of Vatican Council II are in effect sometimes in contrast with previous doctrine. He therefore asks the current pope to advance "a thorough examination" of these documents, "to dispel the shadows and doubts."...Read on

Note: It is this ongoing call for corrections and adjustments where needed that is constructive and consistent with the [sometimes turbulent] organic development which is of the essence of the Church through the centuries---SH

St. Augustine: "The Church will totter when her foundation totters. But how shall Christ totter? ... as long as Christ does not totter, neither shall the Church." (Enarr. in Ps. 103, 2, 5)

--->See also Indefectibility: The Self-Correcting Church...

--->Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton: How the Church Modifies / Clarifies Doctrine Over Time...

Christ and the stormsCardinal Biffi on the dangers of autodidacts in theology, unhinged from tradition and magisterium: "Someone once asked Saint Thomas Aquinas what was the best way to enter into "sacred theology" and become a good theologian. He answered: study with an excellent theologian, so as to train in the theological art under the guidance of a true master; a master, he added, like Alexander of Hales. At first glance, the judgment is a bit startling. [...] And yet once again the Angelic Doctor reveals his originality, his wisdom, his understanding of the nature both of "sacred doctrine" and of human psychology. In his concreteness, he saw the real risk of the autodidact: that of turning in on oneself and seeing one's own reading and cleverness as the source of truth; more specifically, the risk of contenting oneself with unsteady knowledge, and even of arriving at an incongruous ecclesiology and a deficient Christology". (ibid.)

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