Sunday, February 26, 2006

Why Latin? – Part 2
Our enemies hate it

In Liturgical Institutions (vol. 1, ch. IV, 184), Benedictine monk Dom Gueranger (1805-1875) spoke of the Latin language as a bane of liturgical heretics: "Hatred for the Latin language is inborn in the heart of all the enemies of Rome. They recognize it as the bond of Catholics throughout the universe, as the arsenal of orthodoxy against all the subtleties of the sectarian spirit…. We must admit it is a master-blow of Protestantism to have declared war on the sacred language. If it should ever succeed in destroying it, it would be well on the way to victory."

How long will it take the Church to back track on this wrong path it has chosen and regain the high road?


Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

My son goes to a catholic school for pre-school, and they encourage prayer. I taught him the Sign of the Cross in Latin, and he's pretty much got it, although he gets the shoulders mixed up here and there. You'd think he was brought up eastern orthodox (they go right to left shoulder).

But he knows it well enough, that he fell asleep on the couch early last night, and as I dumped him in bed, he instinctively, and sleepily, said "In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritu Sancti, Amen" and fell back asleep. I finished his prayers for him, but it was nice to know he really means it.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

What a neat story---and good dad. Now just teach him, "Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam," and he'll know the first two prayers for being an altar boy when he gets older.

12:16 AM  

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