Think Jonah. Why? He fits any season, doesn’t he? The natural seasons, the liturgical seasons, the seasons of the heart. Merton used Jonah as the symbol of his life. We find Jonah at the culmination of prophetic utterance on the Sistine Ceiling.
There has been a notable rise in interest in exploring a vocation to the Jesuits — as well as to other communities and lay ministry — since Pope Francis was elected.
The Pope ended the Angelus today with a quote from the Sunday collect – not the translated collect of the Roman Missal, but the Lectionary-based Collect from the 2nd edition of the Italian Messale Romano (1983) for the First Sunday of Lent, Year A.
The Pope is looking for a formula for proclaiming the decree on the liturgy that ASSOCIATES THE BISHOPS with the Pope. Something other than ‘Paul, with the approval of the sacred Council . . . !
“The streets were the place where Jesus was most often to be found. He could have easily been mistaken for a homeless person because he was always in the street,” the Bishop of Rome told priests of the diocese of Rome at the recent audience.
“…the ghastly translation of the Missal which now afflicts us…”
But meanwhile, Francis’s popularity is not bringing more people into the church.
Our parish celebrates a solemn Latin Mass every Sunday, Missal of Paul VI, with the support of professional musicians.