Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Friday Fun on Wednesday!

Usually I save offbeat or pop culture stuff for the weekend but I'm switching it up this week to let you know about something interesting.

Radmar Jao is a Jesuit of the California Province of the Society of Jesus who is going to get ordained a priest in a couple months.  And he's agreed to do a video diary once a week about the whole experience. Radmar's a great guy, very articulate and also thoughtful.  He posted his first piece this week, and I think it's wonderfully honest and revealing about his journey.

His video blog sits on this page at the US Jesuit Conference website. And I've posted his first entry below.

Also, I don't know if you saw this in the news today, but the New York Times ran a piece on the upcoming changes in our liturgical translations.  Not a lot of new information, but you might find it interesting.  (And if you're new to the blog, I did a bunch of pieces on the new translations over the summer.  They start around May 20th -- here's a couple of them.)


Anonymous said...

Please comment on this line from the NYT story:

"Church leaders say that this new choice of words is not only less casual, as befits a greeting to a priest"

Jim McDermott, S.J. said...

I take the comment as an attempt to re-differentiate the clergy from the laity (as if the fact that the priest at Mass is wearing long robes and standing at the center of the congregation isn't indicative enough). It emerges out of the same anxiety that led, in the last round of liturgical changes a few years ago, to the priest being told not to leave the sanctuary during the greeting of peace, and the eucharistic ministers being instructed not to receive communion with the priest, but only after.

I take the "and with your spirit" as instead part of a very old fashioned greeting and response, having nothing to do with status.

The comment highlights what will be one of the serious issues with these changes, namely the ways that changing the words changes (or will be used to try to change) what we believe, and not necessarily for the better.

Anonymous said...

They haven't started teaching the new responses at my parish yet. I think I saw something posted in the bulletin for orientation sessions for those who are involved with actually celebrating the liturgy, but not for the pew people (like me.)

I'm not particularly a Latinophile (if there is such a word,) and would be aghast if there was a serious attempt to return the Mass to Latin as the usual form (having suffered through four years of it in high school, and remembering some truly awful Missa Cantatas sung by our old pastor, who had as much singing ability as the average Siamese cat.) However, I do like the "and with your spirit" better than "and also with you." The double conjunction in that response have always annoyed my sense of grammar and syntax. However, I'm cringing at how people are going to murder "consubstantial."

By the way, I want to let you know how much I am enjoying your blog. I am finding it spiritually thought provoking as well as entertaining. I'm still chuckling at "a good Jesuit liturgy is one in which nobody gets hurt!"

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