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Monday, April 19, 2010

Favorite 5 quotes from Spe Salvi

Pope Benedict's 2007 encyclical Spe Salvi (on the virtue of Hope) resonates with me.

It starts off rather slowly, but I found the second half quite interesting.

Here are 5 of my favorite quotes from it:

  1. "[Eternal life] would be like plunging into the ocean of infinite love, a moment in which time—the before and after—no longer exists. We can only attempt to grasp the idea that such a moment is life in the full sense, a plunging ever anew into the vastness of being, in which we are simply overwhelmed with joy."
  2. "Let us say it once again: the capacity to suffer for the sake of the truth is the measure of humanity. Yet this capacity to suffer depends on the type and extent of the hope that we bear within us and build upon."
  3. "What does it mean to offer something up? Those who did so were convinced that they could insert these little annoyances into Christ's great “com-passion” so that they somehow became part of the treasury of compassion so greatly needed by the human race."
  4. "As Christians we should never limit ourselves to asking: how can I save myself? We should also ask: what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise? Then I will have done my utmost for my own personal salvation as well."
  5. "Human life is a journey. Towards what destination? How do we find the way? Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives."

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Comparison of the Structure of the Novus Ordo Mass and the Usus Antiquior Mass

Here's a handy table comparing the structure of Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form masses.
Ordinary FormExtraordinary Form
Entrance Song, Greeting, Penitential Rite, Kyrie, Gloria, Opening PrayerAsperges, Judica Me, Confiteor, Introit, Kyrie, Gloria, Collect
First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading, Gospel Acclamation, Gospel, Homily, Creed, Prayer of the FaithfulEpistle, Gradual, Gospel, Homily, Nicene Creed
Preparation of the Gifts, Prayer Over the Gifts, Preface, SanctusOffering of the Bread and Wine, Washing of the Hands, Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity, Orate Fratres, Secret, Preface, Sanctus
Epiclesis, Institution Narrative, Memorial Acclamation, Anamnesis, Intercessions, Doxology, Great AmenPrayers Before the Consecration, Prayers at the Consecration, Prayers After the Consecration
Lord's Prayer, Sign of Peace, Breaking of the Bread, Agnus Dei, Communion, Prayer After CommunionLibera Nos and the Division of the Host, Mixture of the Body and Blood, Agnus Dei, Prayers for Holy Communion, Prayers During the Ablutions, Communion Verse, Postcommunion Prayers
Blessing, DismissalDismissal, Blessing, Last Gospel

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Book: Surprised By Truth 2

This book of conversion stories is hard to put down: Surprised By Truth 2. Check out the reviews on Amazon. Then find a used copy on BookFinder.

Novena card for Pope Benedict XVI

Print out the novena card for the Pope and pray it every day from April 11 to April 19.

It fits perfectly on an index card.

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