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To: NYer
The Stations prepared by Father was extremely moving. I'll have to borrow the book and reprint several of the meditations.

Please do, that would be great.

He is from the Boston Diocese and is being transferred to Albany but has not yet received his parish appointment. Is this normal?

maybe he is from a religious order??

He is also enthralled with Bishop Hubbard and 'thanks God' for him. I'm confused.

If he is enthralled with your bishop maybe he is confused. :-P

16 posted on 03/04/2006 2:27:40 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Nihil Obstat; Frank Sheed
The Stations prepared by Father was extremely moving. I'll have to borrow the book and reprint several of the meditations.
Please do, that would be great.

It was very much in the approach of Cardinal Ratzinger last year, before the death of JPII. To cite an example - Jesus is Stripped of His Garments - the meditation focuses on the humiliation, but especially the pain our Lord suffered when these garments were stripped because they had adhered to the torn flesh and (he did not acutally use this word) coagulated blood, thus tearing off His flesh. (Up until last night, I had never contemplated this excrutiating aspect of our Lord's Passion). The accompanying prayer asks our Lord to help us 'strip away' our sinful nature. The Stations culminated with Father and two acolytes (vested in chasuble and surplice) standing before the Crucifix, incensing it and bowing profoundly, as we chanted a well known Maronite hymn - O My Son. Here are the words:

O My Son O My beloved
See the plight Love brings you to
What distress and What affliction
Wicked men have Laid on you.
O My Son O what transgression
Oh what evil Did you do that you
Should be vexed and wounded
with no hope for any cure.

Look on me, Daughter of Zion
Crushed beneath this mighty wave
Anguish fills my very marrow
And it leads me to the grave
There is none to be a friend now
And this angry mob to brave,
Coming forward to console me
For the suff'ring I endure.

maybe he is from a religious order??

Interesting; I had not considered that. Actually my mind did a rapid flashback to the 'underground railroad' that ran between these two dioceses during the 80's when they exchanged priests. One in particular was convicted of child sexual abuse.

If he is enthralled with your bishop maybe he is confused. :-P

More like "birds of a feather" .... if you follow my drift. It was immediately apparent that he is 'light in the loafers', and will fit perfectly in this diocese. He had been here in December to attend the Bishop's dinner for priests and remembered my pastor. Father, however, had a bit more difficulty in placing this priest's face and recalling the dinner. I was reluctant to leave Father alone with him ;-).

17 posted on 03/04/2006 3:42:51 PM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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