Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Cardinal George on the New English Translation of the Roman Missal

By way of Zenit (See: Cardinal George on New Mass Translation), we learn of the following piece by Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago, published in The Cardinal's Column in the archdiocesan paper, Catholic New World. The piece in question is on the topic of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

In the piece, the Cardinal comments that "the time spent preparing to receive and use this new text can be a long moment to look again at what the Mass is, at what we are doing to participate fully and actively in its celebration, and how the liturgy connects us to the life of the entire church for the sake of the conversion of the world. This next year and a half can be a blessed time for us, bearing good fruit in our life of prayer and service... When I was a young seminarian, one of my favorite spiritual authors was Catherine de Hueck Doherty, a Russian noblewoman who came to live in this country and in Canada and who was very conscious of the connection between the church’s worship and the church’s mission. In 1938 she wrote: 'The daily sacrifice, fully participated in, will open to us the mind of Christ, and we will radiate him in our lives. And then we shall be able to go forth and fight the good fight of Christ against poverty, misery, injustice. Participation in the Mass will teach us the full understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, leading us to a Christian sociology which is the cornerstone of the Christian social order and which alone can save our mad world from destruction.' "

Read the entire piece here: Liturgy: Translation and Much More

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I would like to take a moment to highlight the quotation by Catherine Doherty (author of works such as "Poustinia" published by Madonna House Publications) lest it be lost sight of. That quotation makes note of an important relationship; namely, how the sacred liturgy flows into and influences other aspects of the Christian life. This relationship is often not recognized, or is at least underestimated, and is a point which needs to be highlighted.

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