Faith and happiness

I’ll be at the lecture advertised above tonight. For those who don’t read Dutch, the topic will be French author Marcel Pagnol and his ideas of faith and happiness (a very Catholic idea, of course). French literature is hardly my forte, and I can’t say I have ever heard of Pagnol, but I have at least heard the speaker speak before. Dr. W. Bots knows a thing or two about French Catholic authors and has been a guest speaker in the parish a few times. he knows an awful lot about his topics, so I have hopes that I’ll be able to learn a thing or two.

The lecture is not organised by the student parish, but we have been asked to advertise it on behalf of the St. Martin’s parish. We do, after all, share a cathedral, parish house and priest.

Credit to Taquoriaan for the design of the flyer.

Msgr. Marini on the liturgy

 I read a very interesting lecture today. It was held yesterday by Msgr. Guido Marini at the Collegio Teutonico del Campo Santo in Vatican City. Msgr. Marini is the Pontifical Master of Ceremonies and spoke about the liturgy before and after Vatican II. He manages to take the outward beauty of the liturgy and peel away layer after layer to reveal the function and value of the main elements of the liturgy of the Eucharist. He makes good points about the continuity of the Church and her liturgy.

The talk was one in a series, and part of the Clergy Conference 2010 in Rome, as organised by the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy of the United States and Australia, although priests from other countries are attending as well. One of them is Father Tim, who blogs about it here, here, here and here.

The people at New Liturgical Movement have managed to get their hands on the text of the lecture. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide a Dutch translation tomorrow, albeit with the caveat that I’m no liturgist or professional translator. But perhaps one or two people would appreciate it nonetheless.