“Oppose ecclesiastical power, but look with mercy on the custodians of this power. Try daily in your communities to build this Church-for-others of Vatican II. We sow, the Gospel also says, in tears; others, in their day, shall reap in joy. But let us not lament our fate. It is very laborious, difficult, but still wonderful.” — Abbot Giovanni Franzoni, OSB
Posts Tagged Pope John Paul II
Mike Fallon of Scotland has written extensively on the new missal. This is his latest article.
Not everyone likes the new sculpture of Pope John Paul II in Rome.
Catholic News Service reports on the Opening Prayer (Collect) for the Mass of Blessed John Paul II, October 22nd.
Although I find new liturgical architecture generally inspiring, one feature of new church buildings which usually leaves much to be desired is the treatment of the Stations by which the faithful are enabled to follow the way of the Cross.
Not only does May 1 fall this year on the Second Sunday of Easter which “has been observed since 2000 as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’…associated with a 20th century Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, who was a visionary and mystic to whom John Paul II had a strong personal devotion” but “ironically, May 1 is also ‘May Day,’ traditionally associated with the international Socialist movement, which is striking given that the collapse of European Communism is often flagged as John Paul’s central political accomplishment.”
It is deeply rooted in Catholic piety to pray to the holy deceased, including those who are not officially canonized (declared a saint) by the Church.
The Summer 2008 issue of The Hymn, citing the Polish American Journal, reports that John Paul II loved the hymn “Barka”…