Laudetur Iesus Christus!
Nunc et in aeternum! Amen.
First, our dear Papa Bene has declared that starting next month on 11 October (the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II) that there will be a Year of Faith. One practice that he has asked the faithful to do as part of their observation of this year is to dedicate time to reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church (it’s also the 20th anniversary of this important publication). He also asks us to spend time reading and studying the documents of Vatican II (make sure you pick a good translation and a solid commentary.
But back to the Catechism, it’s a rather meaty book. I mean, it explains all the core teachings of Holy Mother Church. There were some who did not want to see this book published because it would mean that the Church would be making definitive statements on what she taught (because, you know, God forbid the Church teach the fullness of her Christ-given Truth).
You don’t think you can read this text on your own? Think it’s too deep for you?
Just sign up for daily emails that will include a section from the Catechism. In one year’s time you will have read the whole Catechism! The key is to take it bit by bit. You want to be able to let the beauty of the Church’s teaching really soak into your heart and mind.
I am going to put a link to this in the sidebar and I think I will put it along the top since the Year of Faith is … a yearlong thing so people who happen upon this site may just click on it out of curiosity. You can probably subscribe to the email at any time. Maybe they will archive their emails so people who join the mailing list midstream can do a bit of catch-up.
Now for the other thing …
One of my dear priest-friends has a post on his blog about an article that was on the Catholic News Service‘s site that had an interview with an American priest-Latinist. In the interview, he talks about the role of Latin in the life of the Church, why it feel into disuse in the last fifty years, and how/why it is seeing a resurgence among the more recent generations of the faithful.
Well, there is a video of excerpts of the interview to give you a taste of the epic-ness that is the subject matter of the interview. The priest is actually a native Michigander from the Diocese of Gaylord. I knew when I saw his face that he looked familiar (my friends ask me how I recognize all these priests, I just say that I try to keep up with Church-y intrigue and stuff).
I just think I have to share this with you because it makes my heart smile. You will see why when you read/watch the interview because of the truth that Father is saying.
Have a nice night!