Tuesday, December 12, 2017


The Mass has some Latin, but the prayers, including the Eucharistic Prayer are in Spanish. In one sense, that multiplicity of languages indicates the Church's universal liturgical nature. But on the other hand there is a balkanization of the Mass. Are Italians put out that in the Roman Catholic Church based in Rome, Spanish was used by the Roman Pontiff at a Pontifical Roman Mass in St. Peter's?

Latin would offend no one and no one would feel as though their culture is taking precedence over the Church's unifying culture than transcends the babel of languages in the world.

At least, though, the Spanish words for the Consecration of the Precious Blood, state what Sacred Scripture states, "for many", "e muchos" instead of the dreadful Italian "for all", "per tutti."

The processional hymn sounds like Anglo chamber music, though.

Summary of homily
by Robin Gomes

The mother of God is a figure of the Church from whom we want to learn ‎to be a Church that embraces all the richness and cultural diversity of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, where no one  feels ashamed or small. Pope Francis’ exhortation came in his homily at an evening Mass on Tuesday to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose image is enshrined in Mexico City and is venerated all over the world, especially in the Americas. 
Elizabeth's sterility

Reflecting on the Gospel episode of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth after the Annunciation, the Pope drew attention to the sterility and fertility of Elizabeth.  In her sterility, the Pope explained, she felt stigmatized and belittled by a mentality that considered her condition as a punishment for her or her husband’s sins.

Juan Diego, the indigenous Mexican to whom the Lady of Guadalupe appeared in 1531, also felt the same.  The Argentinian Pope noted that it is the same with the indigenous and Afro-American communities.  Often they are not treated with dignity and don’t have a level playing field; many women are excluded for reasons of gender, race and socio-economic situation; young people receive a low-quality education and do not have the opportunity to continue their studies, or find a job to start a family; many poor, unemployed, migrants are expelled from their land; landless peasants try to survive in the informal economy, and children and girls are subjected to child prostitution, frequently linked to sex tourism.

Elizabeth's fertility

‎On the other hand, the Pope said, when we contemplate Elizabeth’s fertility we see her as a fruitful-astonished ‎woman. “In her we understand that the dream of God is neither ‎sterility nor even to stigmatize or fill their children with shame, but to make a blessing song flow in ‎them and from them.”   Likewise, the mantle of Juan Diego was imprinted with image of the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe with the face of a mixed race, to show that the Mother is capable of assuming the ‎traits of her children to make them feel part of her blessing.‎
Richness, diversity of Latin America, Caribbean

The Holy Father said that the fertility-sterility dialectic draws our attention to richness and cultural diversity of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, which he said should not only to be cultivated but also defended courageously from any attempt at homogenization that ends up imposing a single way of thinking, being, feeling and living that ends up in sterility.   “Our fruitfulness ,” Pope Francis said, “asks us to defend our peoples from an ideological colonization that cancels what is richer in them, whether indigenous, Afro-American, mixed race, peasants or people in the suburbs.

1 comment:

John Nolan said...

'Ideological colonization' again. Sigh.