Fr. De Ladurantaye is director of the Office of Sacred Liturgy, secretary for diocesan religious education, a professor of theology at Notre Dame Graduate School and in residence at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia.
posted on 05/28/2005 3:51:28 PM PDT
"One of the worst punishments imaginable is solitary confinement."
"Hell is the others" (Sartre)
"I'm never less alone than when alone" (Scipio Africanus).
So, the solitary might be a bad punishment for those who are so empty themselves as to continually need the external props. For others it might be a blessing and a refreshment. And as for the title, the question "why?" is presumptuous and wholly inappropriate. ["BECAUSE"].
posted on 05/28/2005 4:02:28 PM PDT
To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Feast of Corpus Christi
Forgive me this personal request but I am exceptionally asking a small favor from you. In March, one of my cousins died. She was the last member of her immediate family and only 63. She died alone in her home.
Though raised in NY and baptized into the Catholic Church, she was living a more secular lifestyle in FL at the time of her death. Neighbors discovered her body and tracked us down through an address book.
Because of her untimely death with no immediate living relatives, her body was taken to the morgue where it remained for weeks until a Will could be found. She left instructions for old friends to arrange for her burial.
She had no funeral mass. This past Wednesday, her cremated remains were flown back for burial in the family plot. No graveside service was offered.
At the time of her death, I immediately made arrangements for a memorial service, including the 40 day Maronite liturgy for the dead. Tomorrow morning, at 10 am, my cousin will be remembered in the Divine Liturgy at my Maronite parish. I will be the only living relative present at this service and carrying up the offerings. At the conclusion of the liturgy, the pastor will chant a series of prayers in Syriac-Aramaic, for the repose of her soul.
This is the ONLY prayer service being offered up for my cousin, Germaine. If you can find it in your heart, I would very much appreciate it if you could remember her with a prayer tomorrow. Thank you.
posted on 05/28/2005 4:08:10 PM PDT
("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
Just as the passover was a memorial meal to be kept for all generations , the meal that replaced the passover meal is also a memorial meal .
A trip through the OT finds that God leaves memorials. The Lords table is a NT memorial ...it is so proclaimed by Jesus "Do this in memory of me "
posted on 05/28/2005 4:14:29 PM PDT
And this food is called among us Eukaristia [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh. For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, "This do ye in remembrance of Me, this is My body;" and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, "This is My blood;" and gave it to them alone.
First Apology of St. Justin Martyr 148-155 AD
posted on 05/28/2005 4:42:01 PM PDT
It's a hard saying and many have walked away.
posted on 05/28/2005 5:15:33 PM PDT
(Exporting jobs and the money to buy America is lose-lose.)
Prayers for your cousin, Germaine.
posted on 05/28/2005 6:51:53 PM PDT
posted on 05/28/2005 7:47:44 PM PDT
(†With God all things are possible.†)
To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
posted on 05/29/2005 5:31:23 PM PDT
(Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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