January 04, 2008

The Man to his men at his Last Supper: meanings and powers of Eucharistic spirituality

A selection of highlights from the Last Supper in the Holy Gospel according to John. I prepared it for a man to use during his adoration of the Blessed Eucharist.

Click HERE for it.


January 03, 2008

Used Catholic school uniforms get new life at Nashville public school

[From Catholic News Service, January 3, 2008]


A new dress code at Metro Nashville Public Schools has given new life to old uniforms from Christ the King Catholic School in Nashville. When Christ the King was phasing out its old uniforms, the school's parents started looking for a way to put them to good use. "Different parents looked into various possibilities, including Haiti missions and schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, but we weren't able to come up with a solution," said Chris Bontrager, co-president of the Home and School Association at Christ the King. But a case of good timing provided Christ the King with an answer. Metro's 75,000 students began the 2007-2008 school year with a new policy for "standard school attire," requiring students to wear solid-color shirts with a collar, as well as navy blue, black or khaki slacks, shorts or skirts. Leaders at Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School in Nashville, where nearly 90 percent of the students come from families living below the federal poverty line, were looking for a way to help families comply with the new school attire policy.


January 3 in the Christmas Season before Epiphany


I have posted a homily for today's Mass.
Click HERE for it.

A blog visitor asks the location of my monastery.

Just inside the northern border of the city of Oceanside, California, right up against Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Base.

I've posted more information about my monastery.
Click HERE for it.

January 02, 2008

A liturgical “biography” of Jesus

THE MYSTERIES OF CHRIST
in the Gospels of the Liturgical Year of Our Lord


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ANNUNCIATION
Luke 1:26-38

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NATIVITY
Matthew 1:1-25
Luke 2:1-20
John 1:1-18

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EPIPHANY (quite literally, “supershow”)— Who Is This?

Epiphany to the Pagans
Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany of the Trinity: the Baptism of the Lord
Matthew 3:13-17
Mark 1:7-11
Luke 3:15-16,21-22

Epiphany at a Wedding Feast
John 2:1-12

Other Epiphanies— Weekdays between Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord
Matthew 4:12-17
Mark 6:34-44
Mark 6:45-52
Luke 4:14-22
Luke 5:12-16
John 3:22-30

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PRESENTATION
Luke 2:22-40

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SON AND BELOVED OF THE FATHER— DRIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT— DRIVING OFF THE EVIL SPIRIT— First Sunday of Lent
Matthew 4:1-11
Mark 1:12-15
Luke 4:1-13

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THE CHRIST, “THE ANOINTED ONE”— The Chrism Mass
Isaiah 61:1-3,6,8-9
Revelation 1:5-8
Luke 4:16-21

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TRANSFIGURATION
Matthew 17:1-9
Mark 9:2-10
Luke 9:28-36

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PALM SUNDAY
Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
John 12:12-16
Luke 19:28-40

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BODY AND BLOOD, HOLY THURSDAY
John 6:51-58
Mark 14:12-16,22-26
Luke 9:11-17
John 13:1-15

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SUFFERING AND DEATH
Matthew 26:14 to 27:66
Mark 14:1 to 15:47
Luke 22:14 to 23:56
John 18:1 to 19:42

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TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS
John 3:13-17

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RESURRECTION
Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-48
John 20:1-9
John 20:19-31
John 21:1-19

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ASCENSION
Matthew 28:16-20
Mark 16:15-20
Luke 24:46-53

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CHRIST GIVES THE SPIRIT
John 7:37-39
John 20:19-23

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CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING AND JUDGE
Matthew 25:31-46
John 18:33-37
Luke 23:35-43


January 01, 2008

THE COAT OF ARMS OF MY MONASTERY

PRINCE OF PEACE ABBEY




The Solemnity of Christmas is the patronal nameday of Prince of Peace Abbey. The refrains or antiphons at the First Vespers of Christmas repeatedly invoke peace and refer to Christ as Rex Pacificus— meaning “King of Peace” or “Peaceful King.” Depicting a crown over the waves of the Pacific Ocean, the shield in our coat of arms is a pictorial play on the words “Prince of Peace”.


The Church Has Norms for Coats of Arms


A diocese has a right to a diocesan coat of arms that does not change as bishops succeed each other in the diocese. However, every bishop has a right to his own personal coat of arms distinct from the diocesan coat of arms; and an abbot may have a personal coat of arms distinct from his abbey’s coat of arms. There are items that belong in a diocesan coat of arms that are not permitted in a monastery’s coat of arms, and vice versa. Likewise the elements permitted in an abbot’s personal coat of arms are not the same as those of a bishop. Neither our first abbot, Abbot Claude, nor our second and present abbot, Abbot Charles, have had a personal coat of arms.


When the Holy See elevated our monastery to an abbey in 1983, we assembled a coat of arms for our abbey, but without knowledge of correct Church norms. In other words, our coat of arms is incorrect. It is configured as the coat of arms of a diocese, not an abbey.


A Veiled Crozier


Interestingly, modern Church norms forbid the crozier in the personal arms of cardinals, archbishops, and bishops. Instead, those persons are to use a jeweled processional cross behind their individual shields. A bishop’s cross has one horizontal bar, while that of an archbishop has two. A cardinal’s cross has two bars if he was an archbishop at the time he was made a cardinal, and only one bar if he was a bishop at the time he was made a cardinal. An abbey’s coat of arms and an abbot’s personal coat of arms are not to have a processional cross, but are to have a golden, veiled crozier behind the shield. At one time in history, the actual crozier of an abbot had a veil hooked to its knob to distinguish the abbot from a bishop. The crozier in an abbatial coat of arms still must have a veil hooked to the knob of the crozier. Therefore our coat of arms as we have had it from the start has been incorrect on this point, since it includes an unveiled crozier. The veiled crozier is the essential sign that a coat of arms belongs to an abbey or an abbot, rather than to a diocese. It is the crozier without a veil that makes our coat of arms incorrect. A final technical note: the bottom of a heraldic crozier is to be pointed, since that is historically how croziers were made.


Miter


An abbey itself may include a white miter above the shield in the abbey’s coat of arms, but it is not required. However, an abbot himself is prohibited from including a miter in his personal coat of arms. In heraldic depiction the miter is always to have a red lining.


The Shield


Our shield is divided vertically down the center. The technical term for this is “partitioning the fields per pale.” A “pale” is a vertical line or post.


The right side as one views the front of a shield is called “sinister,” from the Latin for “left,” since that is the left side for a man holding his shield in battle. Conversely, the left side as one views the front of a shield is called “dexter,” from the Latin for “right.”


Our shield has two ravens in sinister, essentially reproducing the coat of arms of Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland. Ravens figured in the lives of St. Benedict and St. Meinrad. Einsiedeln stands on the site of the ancient hermitage of St. Meinrad, the Benedictine monk who lived the final years of his life as a solitary in the Black Forest above Lake Zurich. The monastery of Einsiedeln is also a pilgrimage shrine housing a centuries’ old image of “Our Lady of Einsiedeln”. Monks from Einsiedeln founded St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana, in 1854; and monks from St. Meinrad Archabbey founded Prince of Peace Abbey in 1958. The title and patron of the church at both St. Meinrad Archabbey and Prince of Peace Abbey is Our Lady of Einsiedeln, and a copy of her statue from Switzerland is enshrined in the churches of both monasteries.


In heraldry, the upper left as the viewer sees it is the place of honor. On our shield, this place has a gold crown to represent the Prince of Peace (Rex Pacificus). The blues waves below it signify the Pacific Ocean that is within view from our monastery’s church.


Colors


The traditional rules of color in heraldry require strong contrasts with certain colors only against certain backgrounds.


The following image constitutes a correct configuration of our coat of arms.




The angled draping of the miter's lappets (or tails) and of the crozier's veil are in keeping with the angled draping of the Lord's tunic in the sanctuary icon of our monastery's church.


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Here is the shield of St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana, that founded Prince of Peace Abbey in 1958.










This is the shield of the abbey of Einsiedeln, Switzerland, that founded St. Meinrad Archabbey in 1854.


The Holy Gospel for January 1, which is the eighth day of Christmas

Today we begin another year of receiving daily the message of the Gospel.

In the particular Gospel passage for today, Luke 2:16-21, we hear how to receive the message of the Gospel every day of the year.

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem
and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
THEY MADE KNOWN THE MESSAGE
THAT HAD BEEN TOLD THEM ABOUT THIS CHILD.

All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
AND MARY KEPT ALL THESE THINGS,
REFLECTING ON THEM IN HER HEART.

Then the shepherds returned,
GLORIFYING AND PRAISING GOD
FOR ALL THEY HAD HEARD AND SEEN,

just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus,
the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.


December 31, 2007

“Anno Domini MMVIII”—In the Year of the Lord 2008: the liturgical birthday of Jesus is the beginning of the year

Christmas?

Yes.

Pope Gregory XIII in A.D. 1582 introduced the calendar that the Western world uses.

December 25 is the first day of the Octave of Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus as a single, eight-day, liturgical solemnity.

With its final day, January 1, the octave of the birth of Jesus is complete, and the new “Year of the Lord” (the Lord Jesus Christ) begins.

To him be everlasting glory!



December 30, 2007

The Feast of the Holy Family, Sunday within the Octave of Christmas


I've posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.