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Friday, September 15, 2006

Tea for Tradition

I will here attempt to highlight some of the goings on during the past weeks. It might be a little messy! I continue to enjoy informal internet access, even if it means falling behind in all things related to the blog. It does leave more time to read!

Last Sunday a few of us went along to a focus group held by two Sisters of St John of God, doing market research if you like, into factors that will surround the survival of the order. It was a very interesting exercise. As Jude remarked, the flame is still flickering, and yet the old 'Cosmic Christ' idea keeps wanting to raise its head. We told the dear Sisters that we are not interested in farout ideas, we are much more interested in them and plain sick of ambiguity. Vos estis lux mundi! Still, they were impressed, and despite any difference of opinion, one could clearly tell that these ladies with twinkling eyes, and home-made biscuits, had consecrated themselves to God. One Sister particularly was greatly taken with our love for the Classical Liturgy, and we have firm hopes that she will visit us in the near future. This same Sister, in the way of Christ, though seeing that I was a rather ill, gave me a sweet kiss on the cheek, and we exchanged promises to pray for one another. The other lovely Sister kindly offered us "traditionalists" (it was so sweet!) biscuits as we admired episcopal birettas behind glass at the College venue. I do wish that other congregations would attempt similar initiatives - I would like to see war-like recruiting posters around the place...

On a related note, today the Caroline Chisholm Library (established in the 1920s under Archbishop Mannix to encourage the intellectual life of Melbourne's Catholics) had a morning tea. Cake, cream, freshly brewed tea - and an old leather covered prayer book. Now a certain person (whose name has already been mentioned, and is quite a prolific blogger) insists on letting tea sit, covered, to brew. Covered in this case, however, with the aforementioned prayer book - the same prayer book that now features a gaping big hole in its cover! Either the stuff for an agreeable science experiment, or at least a cautionary tale.

The Calendar continues to fly by so fast - so many prayers for many happy Feasts, and the success of CIEL!

PS E-mail shouldn't bounce anymore. I saw Into the Great Silence last month - too much to say, so I will shorten it to two words - Sanctuary Lamp! Deo gratias.

Ordinations tomorrow! Please pray for the four men being ordained for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Comments [2]

Blogger Boeciana:

Sanctuary lamp! Totally!
I'm trying to work out if German DVDs play in British machines...

Fri Sep 15, 03:34:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Lactantius:

Well the cover may have a gaping hole in it but at least the text of the Ordinary has not suffered a similar fate. Though on reflection it could be argued that in a literal sense the Ordinary has been subject to a serious puncture at the hands of liturgical innovators.

Yes perhaps the Holy Father would like to don his big hat, i.e. the papal tiara, and start pointing his fingers at young Catholics, asking them to accept the challenge of religious life. Alternately maybe some religious would consider doing a roadtrip around the country, vested in habits of course, and giving talks on why young Catholics needn't fear the religious life.

Fri Sep 15, 04:04:00 PM GMT  

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