The secular news media has given a lot of recent attention to the pope's approval of changes to the wording of the "Our Father" and the "Gloria." The verse the pope and others found problematic was "and lead us not into temptation" changed in the Italian to "do not abandon us to temptation."
Trenton's Diocesan Office of Worship points out that the changes are approved for the Italian missal texts and that although the same changes had been approved for the translation of the New American Bible (2002), the texts used at Mass in English speaking countries remain unchanged for now.
The entire text of the Our Father requires catechesis for proper understanding, so personally I have a bit of trouble understanding what all the fuss is about. Does God either abandon us or tempt us?
Hand carved statue of St. Norbert from St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin
St. Norbert as a young man sought ecclesiastical office for personal gain and enrichment. A conversion experience gave him, as today's opening collect said "the heart of Jesus Christ" and he began to work tirelessly to reform the clergy and sanctify the church.
May St. Norbert's spirit give all of us, especially our bishops and pope, the heart of Jesus Christ today.
His courage and zeal for spreading the faith without equivocation led to his ambush and martyrdom by a hostile crowd. Stories and legends about his life are a good balance to the doublespeak of public discourse these days.
The Irish Monk St. Kevin founded a monastery at Glendalough, pictured in the first photo. The famous tower, whose exact function is not certain, is pictured in the background of the church and cemetery. His statue depicts a famous episode from his life when a bird landed on his arms outstretched in prayer and laid an egg. Kevin reportedly kept praying in that position until the egg hatched.