Should We Be Ashamed of the Crusades?: By Jerrilyn Szelle Holladay
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Submitted by Larry Bethel with a special thanks to Jerrilyn Holladay
for allowing us to link to this article.
Jeri Holladay writes from Wichita, Kansas, where she has been Director of Adult Education at the Spiritual Life Center of the Diocese of Wichita, Associate Professor of Theology, Chairman of the Theology Department and founding Director of the Bishop Eugene Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies at Newman University. She teaches moral theology and church history.This is the first in a series she will offer to the readers of Catholic Online.
In fact, the Muslims were proud of the Crusades. After all, they won. And the Europeans? The Crusades were the first stirring of coordinated defense against centuries of attack by Muslim forces. Until the 20th century the Crusades were viewed as honorable wars, by all sides.
So, be ready when someone flips you the Crusades trump card. The historical context is the key to this puzzle, not 20th century sensibilities. The events leading up to and following the Crusades place them where they belong in the flow of history.......follow this link to web article
Featured Parishioner: Diana D' Amato
Diana Madeline D'Amato (confirmation name Bernadette, after her 3rd grade nun) has been a St. Anthony parishioner since 1993 and has proven to be an inextricable church servant ever since.
Born in Middletown, NY. Diana found St. Anthony to be reminiscent of the churches back East. "I was amazed at all the statues and how traditional it was, just like back in New York...most Wichita Catholic churches are so plain and severe looking."
Since Diana became a Wichitan she has worked for the Wichita Eagle and Westar and is currently enjoying retirement. "At this time I am doing volunteer things at the Humane Society and have volunteered at the Orpheum theater for many years." Diana enjoys music, reading and movies and has two nieces and 3 great nephews in California.
It's Diana's work at St. Anthony that benefits us directly...she sings in the choir (multiple masses), cleans the church, helps with coffee and donuts, works on the parish council and used to lead rosary before the Traditional Latin Mass. "I feel I am a member of the entire parish and as such should help where ever I can" she says. "A parish is like a family and you would do anything for that family."
I asked Diana about the Traditional Latin Mass (Extra Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite).
"Whenever the Latin Mass is mentioned, I get on my soap box. There is no worship of God that can be found anywhere else (that is) better. I mean it is the ultimate form. I don't understand how people cannot like or understand it. I must have charity towards them though...both Masses offer up the same thing, but the Latin satisfies the senses so much more. I think too, the Latin Mass teaches better with the different readings than the English Mass (Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite)."
Thank you for your service to our community Diana. And as always, these short interviews do not do a person justice in portraying a life, a personality or a faith. So give Diana a smile, a wave and thank her in person for her service.
Random Thoughts: Day Dreaming
Today at mass, as I sat as an acolyte listening to Father's homily, my mind began to wander(ok, I know, I know...forgive me). As I sat listening, ram rod straight, eyes affixed ahead, I was mesmerized by the thurible. It hangs on a stand in the sacristy when not being used, amidst the soft shadows and soft colorful light of the stained glass. As I sat I watched the smoke of the incense and coals pour out of the holes and curl and sway in the cool sacristy air.
I got to thinking that this smoke was so much like many a man's personal journey within their faith.
The lighted coals, smoldering in the thurible, represent the smoldering power, love and omnipotence of God. Once realized the incense of faith and love (in every man) is sprinkled atop this ever burning coal. Once the incense is lit it pours forth, hurriedly, heavily rushing out to greet the world...running into obstacles head on, flowing unabated, full tilt, full of life rushing headlong to and fro.... until it hits something it cannot overcome.
How many times have we been at this point? Something in life, circumstances, trials, loss...life in general...makes us question who we are, who God is... our faith is shaken.... our "smoke" hits a wall and is temporarily halted, turning on itself over and over.
But then something happens...time passes, a window is opened, a crack is revealed and our faith slowly gravitates to it....hesitantly at first but gradually faster and with more assurance.
In this instance the smoke of the incense had reached a level around 7 feet (the ceilings are perhaps 12 feet) leveling off in mid air, now not so hurried but settling into a layer of "fog"...more relaxed, more dense not as concentrated but more pervasive. "This is like maturity" I thought, "when the urgency of youth is replaced by the mellowness of age. "
The layer of smoke slowly and deliberately curled up around the door...the open door. How many doors has God opened for us when we thought all were closed? As the smoke left the sacristy and flowed into the sanctuary it rolled up in long curls and floated upward like so many prayers of the fervent and the needful, curling around the columns and past the statues ascending the stenciled walls toward the ceiling and God.
"Ahh", I thought "This is like our love and faith. Even with walls in it's way, it will find a way to seep through, wedge into, break out of and find a way to continue..."
And as the sweet odor of incense permeated the church I imagined it embracing, co-mingling and marrying our prayers of supplication and devotion to God almighty.
I have cried to the, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when I cry to thee.
Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.
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EWTN: Priests Learn the Latin Mass
11/23/2008 - PST
The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word were founded in 1987, by Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA, who also founded the Eternal Word Television Network.
Fr. Joseph who serves in Irondale, AL, at the EWTN studios, and Fr. Miguel, who is stationed at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, where Mother Angelica and the Poor Clare Nuns are cloistered, came to St. John Cantius ready to work intensely on the rubrics and ceremonies of the Traditional Latin Mass, referred to by Benedict as the "Extraordinary Form."
Each day Fr. Joseph and Fr. Miguel took the opportunity to study and observe the various forms of the Traditional Latin Mass with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.
They attended Low Mass, High Mass, High Mass with Incense, Requiem High Mass with Incesnse and the Absolution over the Catafalque, Nuptial High Mass, Baptisms as well as Solemn High Mass and Solemn High Requiem Mass.
Since the Summer of 2007 the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have trained almost 175 priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass through the "Sancta Missa Latin Mass Workshops."
Future workshops are planned for the Winter and Spring of 2009 to be held on the campus of Mundelein Seminary at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House. See: http://www.sanctamissa.org/workshops/for-priests/
After one week of intense instruction with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius these priests began to offer Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form. In a short time they were able to offer the High Mass.
They studied certain variations in the celebration of Mass, such as the differences that pertain to the Requiem Mass, Ember days, Rogation days, and Passiontide, and they have each offered Requiem Low Mass.
Priests who are interested to learn Low Mass or High Mass should enroll in the SANCTAMISSA WORKSHOPS offered periodically by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. Visit this link for details: http://www.sanctamissa.org/workshops/for-priests/
The next Priest-Seminarian Training Workshop is offered at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House on the campus of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary from February 9 – 13 , 2009.
In the final week of training for the priests from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word ending November 21st, Fr. Miguel offered his first Solemn High Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, served as Deacon and Fr. Joseph served as Subdeacon. The brothers of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius served and sang for the special Mass.
Rev. C. Frank Phillips, Founder of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius delivered the homily at Fr. Miguel’s First Solemn Mass on the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
Also in attendance was Fr. David McLeod of the Military Archdiocese of Canada, who sat in choir for the Solemn Mass. Fr. McLeod arrived recently to study the celebration of the Extraordinary Form under the tutelage of Fr. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C.
On Friday, November 21, 2008, Fr. Joseph offered his first Solemn Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Fr. Miguel served as Subdeacon and Fr. Scott served as Deacon.
To thank the Blessed Mother, who is the mother of all priests, for the rich graces bestowed upon these priests learning the Traditional Latin Mass, Solemn Vespers in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary was chanted in Latin from the 1962 Liber Usualis. Fr. Scott Haynes, S.J.C. was the celebrant and Fr. Joseph and Fr. Miguel served as coped assistants.