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Monday in Holy Week: “we who are flagging from our weakness (Fr. Z) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] ^ | 18 April 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 04/18/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by Salvation

Final Judgment by Maitani - OrvietoCOLLECT
Da, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,
ut, qui ex nostra infirmitate deficimus,
intercedente Unigeniti Filii tui passione, respiremus.

Today’s prayer was in the 1962 Missale Romanum and its predecessors. It was in the ancient Gregorian Sacramentary in both the Hadrianum and Paduense manuscripts as well as in the Tridentinum. However, the used to read: Da, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut, qui in tot adversis ex nostra infirmitate deficimus; intercedente unigeniti Filii tui passione respiremus. In their ineffable wisdom The Redactors of the Novus Ordo excised the reference to the obstacles we face because of our fallen nature and the pressures of unrestrained appetites and habits. There are calamities and adversities which put us off our purposes. And then there are the diabolical adversaries, the enemies of our soul. *tisk tisk* These things should not be deleted from prayers. We need to be reminded of them constantly, lest we forget what our true state is in this earthly vale.

In Christian contexts respiro is “to revive”, as if after the resurrection. It can also be taken in a moral sense.  And it suggests even something along the lines of revive, get a second wind, re-breathe.

The mighty Lewis & Short has an interesting explanation of deficio: “to loosen, set free, remove from; but it passed over at a very early period into the middle sense, to loosen from one’s self, to remove one’s self, to break loose from; and then gradually assumed the character of a new verbal action, with the meaning to leave, desert, depart from something, or absolutely, to depart, cease, fail. (For synonyms cf.: desum, absum, descisco, negligo.)” Think of the hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274) in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, the Pange Lingua. In the third to the last verse we will sing on Holy Thursday during the procession to repose the Eucharistic Christ:

Verbum caro, panem verum
Verbo carnem efficit:
Fitque sanguis Christi merum,
Et si sensus deficit,
Ad firmandum cor sincerum
Sola fides sufficit.

The Word/Flesh, by a word,
made flesh into true bread,
and wine became the Blood of Christ
and even if sensory perception fails,
only faith suffices
in the strengthening of the pure heart.

We have today an ablative absolute. Many students of Latin fall into the trap of rendering this into English with a phrase like, “with X,Y, Z happening”, the offending word being “with”. “With” in an ablative absolute gives the impression of accompaniment. We have to twist Latin ablative absolutes around a bit in order to get at the force of establishing circumstances or conditions for the actions of the verbs. In my version today, I am leaving the ablative absolute as literally as I can, even though I am sacrificing English elegance to do so. It is more important that students of Latin see what is going on in the prayer. You can work up your own version as you choose.

Grant, we beg You, O God Almighty,
that we who are flagging from our weakness,
may be revived, the Passion of Your Only-Begotten Son interceding.

What I take away from this is the image of a very weary man who is struggling in the last stages of his journey. Sometimes the old adage in finem citius (“things go faster the closer they get to the end”) just doesn’t hold true. I think you have all had the experience of having something seem like it takes forever to end. For example, I have been fairly seriously ill for about the last eight weeks. In the last couple weeks I have been slowly improving and now feel pretty darn good again. However, it seems like forever since I felt halfway decent. On the other hand, every week as I prepare my articles for the paper, it seems like I rocket towards that deadline at mach speed. Our perception of time and events makes a huge difference. This is not necessary a point for Lenten reflection, unless you take into consideration my comments the other day about the passage of our days being as swift as a shuttle of a loom, that image taken from Job.

By this point in Lent, however, I am sure we have all been doing penance and, while it may be somewhat habitual now after all these days, we still are looking forward with great anticipation to the joy, and relief, of Easter.

In the meantime, do not forget (like the Redactors of the Novus Ordo perhaps did) that the Devil is real. The might of his powers and those of his fallen lot are angelic and by far surpass our own. They hate you and want to see you damned to an eternity of suffering and despair in flames and lonely torment of hell.

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, though in our weakness we fail,
we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son

All-powerful God,
by the suffering and death of your Son,
strengthen and protect us in our weakness

Have a nice day!

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; holyweek
What I take away from this is the image of a very weary man who is struggling in the last stages of his journey.

Oh, my, does that describe some of us with our Lenten resolutions? Fr. Z always nails it!

1 posted on 04/18/2011 9:24:43 AM PDT by Salvation
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Thought for Monday of Holy Week by Fr. Burke

Thought for Monday of Holy Week

Posted by: frburke23 | April 17, 2011

John 12:1-11
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.


We have begun the most holy of weeks.  This is a time to reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.  This week should look different than all other weeks for Christians.

In today’s Gospel, Mary knew who Jesus was.  She was willing to anoint the feet of Jesus with the expensive oil.  There was nothing too good for Jesus in her eyes.  Yet Judas only saw her gesture as a waste of money. 

Are we willing to give Jesus our best this week?  We may not have expensive oil to lavish upon Him, but we do have another valuable asset – our time.  Can you give Jesus an hour each day this week for prayer and reflection?  Can you step away from the technology – TV, cell phones, internet, video games – and give the Lord your best?  Maybe this week you give the Lord the first hour of the day to set the tone for the day…

If you have never attended the liturgies on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, I really encourage you to do so.  These three days make up one single liturgy.  Thursday we celebrate the Last Supper and washing of the feet of the disciples.  Friday we focus on the passion and death of Jesus.  Saturday we celebrate the resurrection, and we welcome into the Church new members through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Don’t allow this week to just be another week.  Make it special.  Allow the Lord to work in your heart.  You will never regret giving the Lord your most valuable asset – your time.

Have a blessed Holy Week,

Fr. Burke

2 posted on 04/18/2011 9:26:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Religion Moderator; Admin Moderator

Could you please add [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

to the title.

Thanks for your assistance

3 posted on 04/18/2011 9:28:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Holy Week Monday reflection: the spiritual war intensifies

Holy Week Monday reflection: the spiritual war intensifies

Thomas Yanoti

We make our approach to the foot of the Cross--spiritually and sacramentally--in the liturgical services of the Holy Week, in St Petersburg and Venice; and, subsequently, we approach the Cross with more intensity, with more grace, prepared for the spiritual battles that wage within.

For the closer we get to the Cross (in the union of our will to the submission of Christ to the Father--in His Salvific Suffering), the more the devil ramps up his viscious and maliscious attacks!

For as Jesus' Holy Week

onday revealed the battle which ensued, so should ours in the self-realization of the Messianic-mission yet to be fully accomplished within our own heart!

For Jesus, out of friendship, out of Merciful Love, visited his friend Lazarus; he who tasted a morsel of the Resurrection. And Jesus, desiring to spend precious time with Martha, the active, and Mary, the contemplative (fully aware that his hour was speedily approaching), recognized the inauguration of the demons onslaught in the face of the Christ who approaches His Cross.  

For the closer Christ gets to the consumation of our salvation, the more fiercely the legions of death struggle to thwart him!

And the same is true when we carry our cross in the Spirit of the Merciful Lord!

For Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, was darkly driven to criticize the contemplative compassion of Mary, as she prophetically anointed our Savior in the nard and the tears of the appreciatively redeemed; for Judas' greed, and his false concern for the poor, was really the devils despair!

The chief priests, the Sanhedrin, the religious powers that be, plotted the downfall of the Christ, as their Holy Week monday was spent in scheming and rationalizing Jesus' arrest as the defense of the people against the wrath of the Romans, a defense of the Temple against the 'defilement' of Jesus' cleansing, and a defense against the blasphemy of a rogue Nazarene 'prophet.' Yet, these pious and concerned pillars of Judah were definitively revealed as the pawns of the Prince of darkness in the evil spirit of envious avarice and vain-glorious self-preservation.

And Gesmas and Dismas, the reluctant rebel, and the repentant rebel, soon to join the Lord on His splintery Throne, these men were surely the victims of one hell of a Holy Week of torment as they approached their destiny. Only Dismas embraced the grace which conquers the devils despair!

And Peter, moreso than his brothers eleven, sans the lost Judas, felt the wrath of the Satan, as his spirit so deeply desired to defend His Lord, but his flesh so easily succumbed to the threat of annhilation. As the cock crowed, so did Peter, as a puppet in the hands of the diabolic puppeteer!

4 posted on 04/18/2011 9:33:42 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Posting Monday reflections all on one thread!

May you all experience a strengthening of your faith on this Monday of Holy Week.

Catholic Ping.

5 posted on 04/18/2011 9:37:25 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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That’s me ... flagging. It would be me curled up in a ball with catz if all these people didn’t need so much all the time. Heh, that’s what they’re supposed to do ...

6 posted on 04/18/2011 10:54:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick (If you believe, you will see the glory of God.)
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Monday, April 18

Liturgical Color: Violet

Today is Monday of Holy Week. Denying ourselves pleasures during Lent has a strengthening effect on our souls. Self-denial of small things helps us to resist the temptation of sin when these greater temptations arise.

7 posted on 04/18/2011 3:51:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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8 posted on 04/18/2011 5:52:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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