"Young Religious ought to enter blogs and correct the opinions of the youth, showing them the true Jesus" - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for Rome

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Translation of the Roman Missal

It's hard to believe that today is the Solemnity of Christ the King - the last Sunday of Ordinary time!  This feast always brings to mind one of my favorite polyphony pieces we used to sing at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery (we don't dare try it here with so few voices!): JESU REX ADMIRABILIS. The words of the hymn are attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux:
Jesu rex admirabilis (Jesus, King most wonderful,)
Et triumphator nobillis (Thou Conqueror renowned)
Dulcedo ineffabilis (Thou Sweetness most ineffable)
Totus desiderabilis (In whom all joys are found)
Today also marks the last Sunday that the 2nd edition of the Roman Missal will be used at Mass.  Next Sunday begins the implementation of the new translation.  Hooray!  It's a much anticipated day!  I wanted to provide some good resources to those who are wanting to learn more about the translation.  Below is a video that offers a wonderful explanation (kudos to Fr. John Muir and LifeTeen who put this video together).  Below are also some links that you may find helpful as well.

Chant Cafe
Roman Missal Resource

EWTN is offering a special (THY WORD) to highlight some wonderful presentations on the New Translation of the Roman Missal by Cardinal Burke and others.  Don't miss it on Tues, Nov 22 at 11 p.m. ET, and again on Sun., November 27th at 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Desire for Something More

"Part of being young is desiring something beyond everyday life and a secure job, a yearning for something really truly greater. Is this simply an empty dream that fades away as we become older? No! Men and women were created for something great, for infinity. Nothing else will ever be enough. Saint Augustine was right when he said: "Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you." The desire for a more meaningful life is a sign that God created us and that we bear his imprint." - Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday, November 11th, ASU Students came to Our Lady of Solitude to make a day of prayer, led by Fr. John Muir and Fr. Paul Sullivan.  The day consisted of Mass, the recitation of Divine Office, times of personal prayer, opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation, brief spiritual talks, and fellowship over a shared meal. The day concluded with a Eucharistic Holy Hour/Healing Service with Benediction.  Outside of lunch, the day was wrapped in silence and stillness.  

For my part, I felt like a bit of a Martha - running around here and there, getting everything ready, making lunch, doing this and that and the other thing!  What struck me, while in the throes of my own Martha-like frenzy, was the silence and reflection and contemplative attitude of a large group of college students.  Some students walked the grounds, in silence.  Others plopped down here or there to read or pray, in silence.  Many found their place in the chapel, adoring the Lord,...in silence.

And, accompanying the silence, there was a tangible sense of hope.
This brings to mind a quote from Josef Pieper, one of my favorite philosphers: 
"A particular form of nonsilence has always been regarded as a kin of despair: talkativeness, babble, the unquenchable frenzy of idle talk.  When, however, talk of this kind, which one encounters truly everywhere in the workplace and the marketplace as a constant temptation, when such deafening talk, literally bent on thwarting listening, appears to be connected to HOPELESSNESS - it is to be asked, then, should there not be in silence, in listening silence, necessarily a drop of HOPE?"

Pieper further asserts that in keeping the silence, we are exercising hope.
Sadly, in our day, we sometimes find - among the young and the not so young - many subtle forms of despair.  And accompanying despair, we find deafening, maddening, consistent noise.  But on Friday, in the faraway desert solitude of Tonopah AZ, there was a lot of silence...and a lot of hope.  

Being with young people, especially the kind of young people we encountered here on Friday, brings a wave of hope to the heart.  At the conclusion of the Holy Hour/Healing Service, Fr. Muir brought the Blessed Sacrament to each person.  Each of us had his/her moment with the Lord.  Seeing the young people approach the Lord, FILLED WITH HOPE, was a sight for sore eyes.  It was proof that the words of Pope Benedict are 100% correct: "Part of being young is desiring something beyond everyday life and a secure job, a yearning for something really truly greater." 

Perhaps these college students were indeed exercising their hope by this day of silence.  And, by the power of their witness, the Lord was exercising my hope as well.  

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
 "The world reveals itself to the silent listener and only to him; the more silently he listens, the more purely he is able to perceive reality." - Pieper

"Just as he once encountered the young Paul, Jesus also wants to encounter each one of you, my dear young people. Indeed, even before we desire it, such an encounter is ardently desired by Jesus Christ." - Pope Benedict XVI


"Following in the footsteps of the people of hope - composed of prophets and saints of every age - we continue to advance toward the fulfillment of the Kingdom, and on this spiritual path we are accompanied by the Virgin Mary, Mother of Hope."
- Pope Benedict XVI
ASU Students at the conclusion of their Day of Prayer at Our Lady of Solitude

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All You Saints of God, Pray for Us!

We were blessed to have a visit from the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
The Solemnity of All Saints - what an awesome day!  The Sisters and I just finished our Feast Day dinner and festivities.  It's our tradition, on this day, to choose a Saint to be our patron for the year.  With only five of us here, we've gotten in the habit of choosing SEVERAL Saints each year to make it interesting! 

This year, we each chose 6 different Saints from different historical eras.  Beginning with Apostolic times, then Church Fathers, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and finally Modern times.  It was a bit like bingo!  Each sister chose a number corresponding to a page number for each era.  Then I read a description of the Saint from a Lives of the Saints book to see if we could guess who he/she was.  It was a lot of fun and the end result is that we have 6 new patrons for the upcoming year.  It was interesting to read the different descriptions of the Saints and try to figure out why they chose that particular Sister to pray for.  Yes, that's right: why THEY chose!!!  We don't choose the Saints, THEY CHOOSE US!  In my devotion to the Saints, I am more and more convinced of this truth. 

As the day winds down, and we inch closer to All Souls Day, let us remember to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - the Church Suffering!  Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.  May They Rest In Peace.  Amen.

Each year we enter the St. Henry's Chili Cook-Off.  This year our chili name was: Lord of the Harvest - a butternut squash and chicken sausage chili.  We won 'Most Unusual Chili' - not sure if that was a good thing or not! :) 
We were blessed, AT LONG LAST, to have a visit form our good friend Fr. Blake, from Louisiana.  It's been several years since we last saw him - but it is amazing that between friends it is as if no time has passed!
A great big thank you to all of our Phoenix Priests who make HEROIC sacrifices to be sure that our Sacramental needs are cared for.  Our dear Priests make many early morning treks to our far-away little slice of heaven in Tonopah to offer Mass for our Community.  Their generosity will not go unrewarded!