Archive for August, 2012

Et accusabant eum summi sacerdotes in multis. Pilatus autem rursum interrogavit eum, dicens: Non respondes quidquam? Vide in quantis te accusant. Iesus autem amplius nihil respondit, ita ut miraretur Pilatus. (Mk 15.3-5)

And the high priests accused him of many charges. Pilate, moreover, asked him again, saying: “Why do you not answer? See how many charges they are accusing you of.” But Jesus all the more said nothing, and at this Pilate was astonished. (Translation mine)

Humans are given the remarkable gift of speech, reflecting that Trinitarian relationship between God the Father and the Word who proceeds. Because of this gift, we as God’s creatures are compeled to return the gift of speech back to our Creator, to render praise to Him who has given us the gift of speech.

Otherwise, we are to remain silent, lest we fall into sin.


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The following is a short documentary made by my friend Pilar Timpane, a fellow student at Duke’s Divinity School, after her Summer 2012 field education in Uganda.

Kasana Cathedral Parish is a 15 year old parish in Luweero, Uganda. The parish priest, Father Joe, shows us around the multitude of ministries and programs that his church is able to sustain through donations and gifts. We see that in Uganda, the work of the priest is not just spiritual, but physical. The tangible needs of the people in touch with the church are met on small and large scale programs including schools, health centers, farming help, and water wells.

Here is a link to Pilar’s vimeo page, where you can see other short clips and interviews.

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It was na sae in the Highland hills,
Ochon, Ochon, Ochrie!
Nae woman in the Country wide,
Sae happy was as me.

Robert Burns, “The Highland Widow’s Lament” (1794)

untitled, taken by Kagey Parish and Laura Wortman of The Honey Dewdrops (website)

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Muslim girls study in the light of candles inside a madrasa or religious school during a power-cut in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi on July 30. Grid failure left more than 300 million people without power in New Delhi and much of northern India for hours on Monday in the worst blackout for more than a decade, highlighting chronic infrastructure woes holding back Asia’s third-largest economy. (link)

See catechesis (1)

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Et similiter theologiae doctores sunt quasi principales artifices, qui inquirunt et docent qualiter alii debeant salutem animarum procurare. Simpliciter ergo melius est docere sacram doctrinam, et magis meritorium, si bona intentione agatur, quam impendere particularem curam saluti huius et illius; unde apostolus de se dicit, I ad Corinth. I, 17: non enim misit me Christus baptizare, sed evangelizare; quamvis baptizare sit opus maxime conferens saluti animarum; et II ad Timoth., II, 2, idem apostolus: commenda fidelibus hominibus qui idonei erunt et alios docere. (Quodlibet I q. 7, a.2)

And similarly the doctors of theology are like principal architects, who research and teach how others ought to work out the salvation of their souls. Simply put, therefore, it is better to teach Sacred Doctrine, and more so meritorious, if done in good intention, which hangs the particular care of salvation of this one and that; thus the Apostle speaks about himself, “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel” [I Cor 1.17]; although to baptize is work most suited for bringing about the salvation of souls; the Apostle again, “Commend to the faithful who will be suitable to teach others” [II Tim 2.2]. (translation mine)

St Thomas Aquinas, Quaestiones de quolibet

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