Just quickly popping in to say I am still here and have been reading the great discussion on the end of the last post.
I have been attending a super colloquium on Deus Caritas Est at the local John Paul II Institute here in Melbourne. Some great speakers. Check out the program and be jealous!
Janet Smith is a real hoot. Apparently she had them rolling in the aisles at the Anima Conference on Saturday. They want to get her back for the Melbourne Comedy Festival next year. Her impersonation of a young lad’s reaction to his girl friend’s reply to his question “Will you have sex with me?” (her reply was: “Are you ready to marry me?”) was priceless.
The real highlight of the day though was Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Elliott in the JPII chapel. The beauty of the liturgy just shone through. It was a simple mass but he celebrated it with such dignity that I was just carried away to the third heaven. He caught us all by surprise when we reached the Holy, Holy, Holy of the Liturgy, and he entoned “Sanctus,…” I knew the words but was only vaguely aware of the classic Gregorian setting. Agnus Dei likewise (although we didn’t sing the Pater Noster–I know that one!). Good sermon by the assistant priest, and Communion in both kinds. If the Mass was like this in the days of Luther, I don’t think there would have been a Reformation. Mass celebrated with this degree of decorum and attention may even be the salvation of the modern Church…