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Modern saints and traditional liturgy

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 Contents - Nov 2007AD2000 November 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: East Timorese to attend World Youth Day - Michael Gilchrist
Democracy: Religious leaders must have freedom to speak - Cardinal George Pell
Australia's Missionaries of God's Love congregation continues to grow - Mary Pidcock
News: The Church Around The World
Liturgical Abuse: Trinitarian language lost in Brisbane Scriptures - Michael Apthorp
Ora et labora: How monastic hospitality can strengthen one's faith - Br Barry Coldrey CFC
Latin is still the universal language of Liturgy - Bishop Arthur Serratelli
World Youth Day: Wagga Wagga priest's 'fly-a-thon' project to aid East Timor
Architecture: How a Sydney parish church was restored - John O'Brien
Poetry: A poem on the priesthood - Among the Apostles - John O'Neill
Letters: Bishop Robinson - Eric Carman
Letters: Teachings rejected by Bishop Robinson - Kevin McManus
Letters: Modern saints and traditional liturgy - Seamus Mahady
Letters: Petition
Letters: True Church? - John Frey
Letters: Clerical attire - Fr G.H. Duggan
Letters: Infallibility - Jerome Gonzalez
Prayer: John Paul II and the Rosary - Fr. M. Durham
Books: Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating: essential reading in apologetics - Valerie Renkema (reviewer)
Books: ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN by Dale O'Leary - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Internet 'Singing Catechism': catechesis for the 21st century - Fr James Tierney
Music: Cherished Hymns of the Forefathers - 2DVD and CD set - Peter Donald (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Sunday Mass: 'not a command, but an inner necessity' - Pope Benedict XVI

I quite enjoyed reading the cover story of the August AD2000.

Of particular interest was the mention that recently canonised saints could be honoured with the traditional liturgy.

I can often imagine the many saints that the Church has given us in the post-conciliar period looking down in bemusement at the sight of their memory being celebrated exclusively with a liturgy so different from the liturgy which sustained their own faith journey.

Edith Stein definitely comes to mind. The liturgy, as celebrated in her time, was such an important part of her conversion experience and subsequent prayer life as a Roman Catholic! Her personal copy of the Roman Missal was a treasure to Edith - she had meticulously studied every detail of it before she had even attended a Mass. Especially, she delighted in the fusion of the Old and New Testament texts.

As an aside: how can secular newspapers claim, as some have done, that the traditional liturgy is anti-Semitic? Having attended Masses using the 1962 Missal fairly regularly for over 12 years, I've not seen any noticeable anti-Semitic passages yet. St Edith Stein certainly didn't either!

Kewdale, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 10 (November 2007), p. 14

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