Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Don’t get me wrong. I have a deep love for the spirituality and meaning of the icon. In fact, I have a pretty good collection of icons myself and they help me greatly in my spiritual life as windows to Heaven. I do plan to post more on my icon wall soon, but I am Western Catholic, where the devotional development has tended towards statues in it’s expression. And as such, the prayer corners of my home primarily have statues of Christ, the Mother of God and the saints as the focus of devotion rather than icons.
So, since the Crescat has expressed surprise over the lack of statue oriented home altars, I present to you the main altar in my grandmother’s room, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Like all typical Catholic altars, this one is centred on the Crucifix.
The crucifix is a smaller version of the one which hangs in my room.
As you might have guessed from this altar and the one in my room, we’re pretty big Sacred Heart fans.
The altar is also dedicated to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Protector of the Holy Family, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster Father of Our Lord Jesus, the man He called His Father on Earth. St. Joseph has a special place in our hearts as our special patron and protector and to his intercession we place the protection of our home, that he may pray for us and protect us as he once protected the Holy Family in Nazareth.
The white statue of the Sacred Heart with outstretched hands is supposed to go over our front door. But I haven’t managed to get the pedestal set up yet, so temporarily, it’s venerated here.
Anyway, there you have it. The main altar in my grandmother's room. It has been a great help and focus of prayer and I hope you have been edified in sharing this sacred space with me.
Past posts on the Lady Altar, the Altar of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the little altar in my room can be accessed by clicking the links.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Again, from this:
Check out Mark's account on how this took place here. This took place during Advent.
This just goes to show that all of us can make a difference, no matter where we are. What have YOU done to re-orient and re-sacralize the celebration of the liturgy?
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sorry for the sparse posting folks. It's not as if I have nothing to update, but the opposite. And that's the problem. There has just been too many things to do.
But I promise to post an update tomorrow... or I'll eat my hat!
Friday, February 22, 2008
JESUITS: FULL FIDELITY TO THE SOCIETY'S ORIGINAL CHARISM
VATICAN CITY, 21 FEB 2008 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received participants of the Society of Jesus’ general congregation, with the newly named superior general, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, which has been meeting in Rome from 7 January.
The Pope encouraged those present and all their brothers in the Society to continue in their faithfulness to the mission received from God, “in full fidelity to the original charism in the ecclesial and social context that characterizes this beginning of the millennium”.
“The Church”, he said, “urgently needs persons of solid and deep faith, of serious culture, and of genuine human and social sensitivity; of priests and religious who dedicate their lives to living at the margins in order to bear witness and help further the understanding that there exists a profound harmony between faith and reason, between evangelical spirit and a thirst for justice and dedication to peace”.
“The Society of Jesus, Benedict XVI continued, “faithful to its best tradition, should continue forming its members with great attention to the sciences and to virtue, without conforming to mediocrity, because the task of confrontation and dialogue in very diverse social and cultural situations with the different mentalities of today’s world is one of the most difficult and costly there is”.
“In the attempt to build bridges of understanding and dialogue with those who do not belong to the Church or who have difficulty in accepting its positions and messages, you must loyally take charge of the Church’s fundamental right to remain faithful to its mandate and adhere completely to the Word of God as well as to the Magisterium’s charge of conserving the truth and unity of Catholic doctrine in its entirety”.
The Pope emphasized that “this holds not only for the vow of each Jesuit. As you work as members of an apostolic body you have to also remain attentive that your works and institutions always maintain a clear and explicit identity so that the goal of your apostolic activity is neither ambiguous nor obscure and so that many others might share your ideals and might effectively and enthusiastically join with you, collaborating in your vow of service to God and as human beings”.
“The themes that are debated and questioned today, such as the salvation of all in Christ, sexual morality, and marriage and the family, should be considered in the context of contemporary reality, maintaining, however, that harmony with the Magisterium that avoids the provocation of confusion and uncertainty in the People of God”.
The Holy Father encouraged the Jesuit fathers to “continue and to renew” their mission among and with the poor. “For us”, he said, “the option for the poor is not ideological but rather is born of the Gospel”. Besides making the “effort to understand and fight the structural causes” of injustice and poverty, he added, “it is necessary to fight the deep roots of evil in the very heart of the human being, the sin that separates us from God, without forgetting to care for the most urgent needs of others in Christ’s spirit of charity”.
Finally, referring to the Spiritual Exercises, “which from its origins have characterized your Society”, the Pope asked that they “continue making them a precious and effective instrument for the spiritual growth of souls. (...) The Spiritual Exercises represent a particularly precious journey and method for seeking and encountering the face of God in and around us and in all things; for coming to know his will and putting it into practice”.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
He was officially enthroned in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
Let's wish him many years.
The corrected post below.
The previous Friday, we had the privilege of attending the Ordination of Deacon Matthew Bun to the Sacred Priesthood. His is a special case as although he is from the diocese of Penang in the north, he will be serving in the neighbouring southern diocese of Malacca-Johore instead.
The priests. Including clergy from Fr. Bun's new home, Malacca-Johore.
I also saw him during the many times I attended Mass the seminary chapel. In our conversations, he strikes me as an orthodox and solid Catholic.
The Bishop of Penang, His Lordship Antony Selvanayagam.
Bishop Paul Tan calling the candidate, above and Deacon Matthew Bun answering the call, below.
The instruction of the candidate replaced the homily. It was read by Bishop Paul with deacon Matthew listening attentively at his side.
“My son, you are now to be advanced to the Order of the Presbyterate. You must apply your energies to the duty of teaching in the name of Christ. Share with all mankind the word of God, meditate on the law of god, believe what you read, teach what you believe and put into practice what you teach.”
Accepting the promise of obedience.
The Litany of the Saints, above. Deacon Matthew is prostrate as the Bishop prays over him, below.
Next, we come to the key moment, the laying on of hands, where the Bishops and priests present lay hands of the candidate. Bishop Paul Tan, above, and Bishop Antony Selva below, lead the procession.
Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Soter Fernandez and Bishop Emeritus James Chan, above, and Msgr. Sebastian Francis and Fr. Bun's seminary rector in Taiwan, below.
The selection of photos below show the priests performing the laying on of hands.
Check out the alb on the last priest above.
The bishops and priests, with hands outstretched, await the completion of the laying of hands.
After the laying of hands was complete, the Bishop prayed the Prayer of Ordination, raising Deacon Matthew to the priesthood.
More photos coming up in part 2, soon.