Culture: May 2013 Archives

Reg Foster.jpegThe Latin language is far from being extinct even though you only hear it at times in Church. Our common experience today at Mass prayed in the Ordinary Forum is often in the language of the people. The official language of the Catholic Church, however, remains Latin: the texts of the church, the texts of the pope, and importantly, in the prayer of the Church. Fear not. The "house" language today, the daily work of the curia is Italian. It is possible that at some point English will replace Italian.

The Carmelite friar Father Reginald Foster is the renown contemporary father of the Latin language. He spent several decades in Rome working, teaching and writing in Latin. Now he's retired from active teaching but he keeps his hands in the field by consulting, developing teaching materials, writing and attending some initiatives. One of his works is Corpus Latinitatis.

A recent Reuters article brings to life in a brief fashion the influence of Father Reg in "Spreading the word that Latin lives..."
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A future Roman Pontiff?

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God bless this young person. He wants to lead God's pilgrim people at a tender age!
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John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" is being performed by several choirs at the famous Carnegie Hall.

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC

Tickets: $15! (Reg. $55)

The invite with special codes for the discount: Rutter's Mass of the Children.pdf

Cardinal O'Malley mowing the lawn.jpgBoston's Cardinal does outdoor work.

From being a candidate in some people's eyes for the Petrine ministry to doing menial tasks, Sean Cardinal O'Malley gives good example.

One can only guess what the papacy would be like today had O'Malley been elected. It makes no sense to speculate, and yet one wonders.

I doubt one can say that the estimation he enjoys is due to this kind gesture, but I do think it helps. Cardinal O'Malley knows that hard work means getting his hands dirty and collaborating with others.

Work gives dignity to man's life; it gives to joy to the heart seeing a task completed as well as can be.

On this feast of Saint Matthias, may his intercession before God give us more bishops like this one.

Saints Matthias and Francis, pray for us.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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