Fostering Christian discipleship in the late modern milieu in the diakonia of koinonia and in the recognition that "the Eucharist is the only place of resistance to annihilation of the human subject."

 

From the perspective of his high papal veneration, one cannot simply dismiss Celestine V as “a bad pope.” That he was not an effective pope is beyond historical dispute. He never wanted to be pope! Let’s keep in view the fact that Pietro del Morrone was not elected pope until he was 84, which would be old even now.
Both Benedict and Francis see Celestine V as a model precisely for his humble and even selfless realization and acknowledgment that, as an old man, well past his prime, he was not “up to” the job. In this regard it bears noting that Benedict XVI resigned when he was the same age as Celestine V was when he resigned: 85. As Magister describes it, Celestine V’s “plans for abdication were scrupulously examined from the juridical point of view. And on December 13, in the Castelnuovo in Naples, he read his declaration of resignation before the assembled cardinals. He set aside the pontifical vestments and dressed himself again in the gray robe of his congregation: the pope had again become Pietro del Morrone.”  At least to me, there is something quite beautiful and distinctively Franciscan in Magister’s description of del Morrone’s resignation.

From the perspective of his high papal veneration, one cannot simply dismiss Celestine V as “a bad pope.” That he was not an effective pope is beyond historical dispute. He never wanted to be pope! Let’s keep in view the fact that Pietro del Morrone was not elected pope until he was 84, which would be old even now.

Both Benedict and Francis see Celestine V as a model precisely for his humble and even selfless realization and acknowledgment that, as an old man, well past his prime, he was not “up to” the job. In this regard it bears noting that Benedict XVI resigned when he was the same age as Celestine V was when he resigned: 85. As Magister describes it, Celestine V’s “plans for abdication were scrupulously examined from the juridical point of view. And on December 13, in the Castelnuovo in Naples, he read his declaration of resignation before the assembled cardinals. He set aside the pontifical vestments and dressed himself again in the gray robe of his congregation: the pope had again become Pietro del Morrone.”

At least to me, there is something quite beautiful and distinctively Franciscan in Magister’s description of del Morrone’s resignation.

Don't Give in to Discouragement

"A mistake we make is to think of the saints as triumphing over temptation by the felt force of ardent love. Some of them, certainly, experienced this fire, but for the most of them it has been a question of grinding out dry, hard acts of faith and hope through clenched teeth. The saints have had to fight every inch of the way against discouragement, defeatism, and even despair.”

I would just add that this is one of the MANY, MANY reasons we should implore the help of these women and men who have gone before and who now, in the presence of God, stand ready to assist us.

As we are bidden in the Letter to the Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (12:1).

From one of my favorite films about the French Revolution, which is set just before the Revolution, when Louis XVI fled to Varennes, La Nuit de Varennes.

A note on Marie Antoinette and cake

Four quick facts on the attribution of “Let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette

1) It is highly unlikely she ever said such a thing

2) At least one variation of the “Let them eat cake” story was around before 1789 and was also attributed to Marie-Thérèse, the Spanish princess who married King Louis XIV in 1660 

3) Jean-Jacques Rousseau included a variation of this story in his Confessions, published in 1766, attributing like words to “a great princess,” most likely to Marie-Thérèse

4) Just when this sad sentence was first attributed to Marie Antoinette, we don’t really know, but likely as a libel not long after the Revolution- not really sure what I was thinking in my previous post about when this was attributed to her.

Anyway, the video was cool.

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Marie Antoinette en chemise, by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1783).

I post this each year on Bastille Day, which is a sad day in Western history, one might even say a bit apocalyptic. Marie Antoinette, a few years before becoming Queen of France, was accused of saying, “Let them eat cake.” It is pretty widely agreed that she never said any such thing. In fact, she did a lot to help the poor in France.

Undoubtedly, France was in bad shape and not being particularly well-ruled. Reform was underway. I think Louis XVI would’ve been wise to accept the constitutional monarchy, instead of fleeing to Varennes. Wise in much the same way I think Great Britain would’ve been wise to allow their American colonies representation in Parliament.



If I were to assign one word to describe how God’s word accomplishes His work in us and through us based on what St Paul wrote I would be tempted to use “suffering.” But, with a bit of reflection, I’d have to go with “travail. Travail means painful or laborious effort. Why “travail” instead of “suffering”? Suffering, it seems to me, is far too passive. Suffering just happens. It has been observed, “to live is to suffer.”  Travail implies that we take those circumstances that cause us to suffer, and, by the power of the Spirit, offer these to God, which is what it means to participate in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, something we were called to do when we were baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. This is what St Paul means a few chapters on in Romans where he wrote, “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship” (Rom 12:1). This requires us to recognize that it is precisely through experience, through the circumstances we face every day, which recognition causes us to “groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption” (Rom 8:23), that God redeems our bodies, making us ever more fully His children. God redeems what we freely offer Him.

If I were to assign one word to describe how God’s word accomplishes His work in us and through us based on what St Paul wrote I would be tempted to use “suffering.” But, with a bit of reflection, I’d have to go with “travail. Travail means painful or laborious effort. Why “travail” instead of “suffering”? Suffering, it seems to me, is far too passive. Suffering just happens. It has been observed, “to live is to suffer.”

Travail implies that we take those circumstances that cause us to suffer, and, by the power of the Spirit, offer these to God, which is what it means to participate in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, something we were called to do when we were baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. This is what St Paul means a few chapters on in Romans where he wrote, “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship” (Rom 12:1). This requires us to recognize that it is precisely through experience, through the circumstances we face every day, which recognition causes us to “groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption” (Rom 8:23), that God redeems our bodies, making us ever more fully His children. God redeems what we freely offer Him.

When my bishop told me this week that he and I were on the front page of the Deseret News together last weekend, I told him, “Don’t worry, in time, your reputation will recover.”On a more serious note- "The deacon makes it clear that the liturgy must have consequences in the world" Herbert Vorgrimler

When my bishop told me this week that he and I were on the front page of the Deseret News together last weekend, I told him, “Don’t worry, in time, your reputation will recover.”

On a more serious note-

"The deacon makes it clear that the liturgy must have consequences in the world" Herbert Vorgrimler

It’s May, the month of our Blessed Mother. Endeavor to pray a complete set of mysteries each day (i.e., five decades). Bring all your petitions to her so that through her you will receive grace upon grace. Pray lots of Memorares, even more than usual, which is alot!

It’s May, the month of our Blessed Mother. Endeavor to pray a complete set of mysteries each day (i.e., five decades). Bring all your petitions to her so that through her you will receive grace upon grace. Pray lots of Memorares, even more than usual, which is alot!

Καθολικός διάκονος: "The heavenly bread ends all symbols"

Here is our really late Friday traditio. It’s so late, in fact, that it is our Saturday traditio. For this week this is more than appropriate. It is “right and just” because it is my second oldest son’s First Holy Communion today.

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