Faith Seeking Understanding

What a Coincidence!

Tonight for our Faith Seeking Understanding discussion, we viewed an interesting video on Gothic Cathedrals, especially the Gothic Cathedrals of France and discussed a chapter in Dennis R. McNamara's newly published book on Catholic architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy. They were an interesting starting point for a discussion of our church, present and proposed.

I surely didn't know that the Holy Father was also speaking about Gothic Cathedrals today! Here's the text of his remarks and a link to the YouTube video:

Romanesque cathedrals are distinctive for their size and for introducing to churches beautiful sculpture, including the image of Christ as the Universal Judge and the Gate of Heaven. By entering through Him, as it were, the faithful enter a space and even a time different from everyday life, somewhere they can anticipate eternal life through their participation in the liturgy.

Gradually, Gothic architecture replaced the Romanesque, adding height and luminosity to the previous style. The Gothic cathedral translates the aspirations of the soul into architectural lines, and is a synthesis between faith, art and beauty which still raises our hearts and minds to God today. When faith encounters art, in particular in the liturgy, a profound synthesis is created, making visible the Invisible, and the two great architectural styles of the Middle Ages demonstrate how beauty is a powerful means to draw us closer to the Mystery of God. May the Lord help us to rediscover that "way of beauty", surely one of the best ways to know and to love Almighty God.

Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, November 18, 2009



Faith Seeking Understanding "Cathedrals" Rescheduled

France%20-%20Chartres%20Cathedral%20at%20night Our architects have asked to reschedule the time of  a meeting with Fr. Manning and have moved it to November 4th, the date of our previously announced "Gothic Cathedrals" Faith Seeking Understanding presentation and discussion. Accordingly our "Cathedrals" meeting has also been moved, one week later to November 18th, 7:00 PM in the St. Michael Media Room.

Chartres Cathedral by Gerald Brimacombe.

Discussion of the New Translations of the Roman Missal Tonite

St Jerome St. Jerome spent a great deal of his time translating the Scriptures since he read Hebrew and Greek, the source languages of the Old and New Testaments, respectively. He translated them into Latin for use in the Roman Church called the Latin Vulgate, a translation which was in use from his day until Vatican II. The English translation of the Latin Vulgate is called the Duoay-Rheims Bible.

This is a portrait of St. Jerome by George de La Tour in the Prado, Madrid, entitled St. Jerome Reading a Letter.

Sts. Augustine and Jerome carried on a lively, if not altogether cordial correspondence; their letters make interesting reading.

The art of translation is quite a challenge. Join us tonight for a discussion of the new translations of the Roman Missal which will soon be used at Mass.

St. Michael Media room in the school at 7:00 PM

Faith Seeking Understanding Resumes October 7th



Bible Join Fr. Manning for a sneak  peek at the new translations which priest and people will soon be using at mass. We’ll discuss the overall rationale for the changes and the significance of some of the particular changes themselves. We’ll gather in the St Michael Media Room at 7:00 PM. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a helpful page of information on their webpage.


New Translations of the Roman Missal