Rorate Caeli

To be Catholic is to be happy!


At the end of this "Bavarian hour" I can only say "May God reward you" (Vergelt's Gott) from my heart. It has been nice to be here at the center of Lazio, in Castel Gandolfo, and at the same time in Bavaria. I have just been "Dahoam" (at home), and I have to congratulate Cardinal Marx, for being able to pronounce that word so well!

We have been able to perceive that the Bavarian culture is a cheerful one: it is not a rude demonstration, it is not "Raudi" [rowdy], but cheerful, imbued with joy, born from an inner acceptance of the world, from an inner yes to life that is a yes to joy. It is based on the fact that we are in harmony with the Creation, in harmony with the Creator himself and this is why we know it is good to be Man.

It is true, we have to admit that God has made this easy for us in Bavaria: he has given us a world, a land so beautiful, that it is easy to recognize that God is good and be happy. At the same time, however, He has also enabled the men who live in this land – through their "yes" - to give it its full beauty, through the culture of the people, through their faith, their joy , songs, music and art it has become as beautiful as the Creator wanted, but could not have realized alone, only with the help of men.

Now, some might say, is it right to be so happy, while the world is so full of suffering, when there is so much darkness and so much pain? Is it legitimate to be so defiantly joyful? The answer can only be a yes! Because saying 'no' to this joy benefits nobody, but only makes the world darker. And those who do not love themselves cannot give to love their fellow man, can not help them, can not be a messenger of peace. We know this from our faith, and we see it every day: the world is beautiful and God is good and He became man and entered into us, suffers and lives with us, we know this definitely and concretely : yes, God is good and it is good to be Man. We live in this joy, and try to bring this joy to others, to reject evil and to be servants of peace and reconciliation.
Benedict XVI 
August 3, 2012

[Translation: Radio Vaticana. We wish our readers a very joyful August, and, if possible, days of leisure and rest.]

22 comments:

ATW said...

And a joyful August to all those at Rorate Caeli, as well!

Thank you for all that you do.

Mike said...

The Holy Father's words here stem from the Faith; they are words deeply consonant with the gifts Our Lord has granted us in this world, and His promises for the next...which begin now, hidden, quiet, very real.

Thanks, Rorate, for all you do.

PEH said...

"We live in this joy, and try to bring this joy to others, to reject evil and to be servants of peace and reconciliation."

Really? How about the FSSPX and other groups who have for years labored in the Lord's Vineyard w/o jurisdiction and faculties from you and your predecessors? Their only crime, so-to-speak, is holding fast to Tradition as commanded by St. Paul in II Thessalonians.

Platitudes like this from you, holy father, while evil appears to be triumphing in the halls and walls of our beloved Church, are not the answer. (Submitted with all due respect i/a/w canon law giving lay persons the right to bring their legitimate concerns to attention of the hierarchy of the Church.) If only members of the hierarchy would themselves follow St. Paul's admonition.

It's so easy - a worldwide Apostolic Administration with its own bishops and clergy. If it can be done in Brazil, it can be done worldwide. Or,is it that there are high-ranking members of the curia out to disarm and disable the Vicar of Christ?

I served in Germany for 3 years and I know Bavaria well enough to report that there are at least as many followers of Tradition as there are modernists and progressives around Munich/Freising. Unfortunately,, however, the followers of Tradition continue to be marginalized.

NIANTIC said...

I accept the Holy Father's pleasure and joy at this Bavarian event and am happy for him.This moment is a little bit of "home" for him and his joy is profound.

The life and burdens of the Pope are not easy. And eventhough we, Traditionalists, do have our complaints and frustrations, we should grant this 85 year old Man of God his joy and pleasure. I am sure they are few and far between.

May God bless our Holy Father!

Martyjo said...

PEH,

I must say that I am inclined to agree with you. The Holy Father speaks of communicating joy and fostering reconciliation, yet the SSPX remains isolated, as if leprous, while the contageon of liberalism continues to spread like a spiritual plague through the Church. Sometimes I almost despair of this apparent blindness on the part of those who have a higher vantage point in the Church from which to view the universal devastation so clearly apparent and so obviously continuing since Vatican II.

As for Germany being a place at peace with God and generally conducive to happiness, I beg to differ.

WWI & WWII, as well as other wars, have their origins in this place. But even more importantly, the liberal revolution of Vatican II (what Archbishop Lefebvre referred to as "the Third World War") counted among its ranks an unusually high number of German generals and strategists. In addition to this, there is presently a large number of clergy in Germany threatening schism with Rome while the new Prefect of the CDF (on record as wishing to dismantle the SSPX) has a huge question mark about orthodoxy hanging over his head. Not much, then, for the discerning Traditional Catholic to be particularly joyful about!

Dominic said...

Yes, indeed. God has made us fo be happy and has put us in a beautiful world.

Joseph said...

Can we go one post without a commenter bringing up the situation with the SSPX? Turn off your computer, grab a beer and watch the Olympics, a movie, or the sunset. The world is bigger than that little group and we should be thankful for the little joys God has graced us with.

Great post full of wisdom from the Holy Father - and now I am going to go follow my own advice.

Uncle Claibourne said...

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine
There is always laughter and good red wine
At least I have always found it so
Benedicamus Domino!

-Hilaire Belloc

Peterman said...

God bless our Holy Father. I hope some of the entertainment from his homeland made him happy and lifted his spirits and made his cross just a bit lighter.

Matt said...

That's cool. I've seen that dance before. The guys have to be totally coordinated to do it.

Matt said...

Joseph said, "...And now I am going to go follow my own advice."

Too late. You've already posted.

Steven said...

"Can we go one post without a commenter bringing up the situation with the SSPX?"

Hey, that stuff can be fun.

I get a kick out of posters various blogs who find ways to steer threads toward the SSPX.

Even more entertaining is to encounter posters who link the Pope's every word and action to the SSPX.

"The Pope said that it was hot yesterday. That is an obvious reference to the SSPX."

"The Pope said that he is happy today. That is a clear and unmistakable reference to the SSPX."

"A Mexican blogger has just picked up a story from a Scottish blogger who reported that a clothing store customer in Rome had overheard a sales clerk state that her uncle's boss who works at a bakery in Iceland has solid information that the Pope spent 47 seconds today searching the Papal apartment for a safety pin.

"That can only mean that the Pope plans to regularize the SSPX within two weeks...or maybe at the end of September...or at least by 2050."

I am not Spartacus said...

What a good and true and beautiful statement and how far it is from the malign moralising of the modernists who do not know either joy or the peace of Christ.


Our Holy Father is wonderful

Anglo-Bavarian said...

Bavarian here, so allow me to clarify two things please.

Firstly, Martyjo and others, please consider that this was not a German hour. The pope was not referring to German history (nor was there some hidden commentary on the SPPX in there, trust me). The Holy Father was presented an hour of Bavarian culture by over 1000 Bavarian pilgrims as a birthday present, organized by his former archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In that context, the Holy Father, a native Bavarian, deeply moved, spoke about the beauty of Bavaria and its profoundly Catholic and idiosyncratic joie de vivre in a deeply appreciative and spiritual way.

Yep, that is the same Bavarian and deeply Catholic culture that Germans like Luther, Bismarck and Hitler actively fought against... and at its heart is the cheerfulness of our Faith that we all share as Catholics.

So please educate yourself before making such outrageous statements. Read up about Rupert Mayer for instance. And please pray that Bavarian Catholicism will survive the economic, demographic and political onslaught it is currently undergoing.

Secondly: not only is the Tradition small but strong and has many sympathizers across Bavaria. It also is facing a tough battle against progressivist, homosexual and other lobbies both within and outside of the Church (,which is amongst the richest in the world thanks to Church tax). Many in the official Church administration - in particular the "Middle Management" - are more pre-occupied with staving off the Tradition than battling Secularism and striving for Holiness.

Gratias said...

Bavarians are joyful. Visited Munich and it was wonderful to visit the famous Hofbrauhaus with its om-pa-pa band, one-liter beers and pork knuckles. Have a restful August, Holy Father, and thank you for completing your Jesus of Nathareth for the Church.

PEH said...

It continues to amaze me how bloggers can continue to berate those of us who seek justice for the FSSPX and not only for them but for the many priests laboring in the Lord's Vineyard w/o faculties from the local bishop. Yes, the holy father deserves some peace and quiet in his days at Castel Gandolpho but the many traditional priests whose only crime is following Tradition deserve justice as well. It would be wise, I think, for our detractors to look up the definition of papolatry before throwing their stones.

dominic1955 said...

The moderator posted a statement from the Holy Father to pilgrims from his native Bavaria and the joy that should be part and parcel to being Catholic. No one denies that horrible things are going on in the world and the Church. However, do you have any control over it? Do you have a direct line to the Pope and is he at the other end fervently waiting for every pearl of wisdom you deign to impart to him? Belly-aching on a blog post is not going to change anything, why do it? Do we always have to complain about the Church not doing what we think is best right when we want it done? It might seem easy enough for you to regularize the SSPX, but there are things which must be attended to that no one outside of those circles is privy to and as such, should keep their pontifications to themselves.

If anyone wants to be sour, sad and/or bitter all the time and hijack every post about the Holy Father to ignorantly beat their dead horse about the SSPX, then just go be a Jansenist. A healthy spiritual life cannot be built on masochistic pity parties of apocalyptic doom and gloom.

May God protect us from gloomy saints!

Aegidius said...

Anglo-Bavarian, thank you! May god be with you and our homeland Bavaria:
Gott mit Dir, Du Land der Bayern!

PEH said...

"Do you have a direct line to the Pope and is he at the other end fervently waiting for every pearl of wisdom you deign to impart to him? Belly-aching on a blog post is not going to change anything, why do it? Do we always have to complain about the Church not doing what we think is best right when we want it done? It might seem easy enough for you to regularize the SSPX, but there are things which must be attended to that no one outside of those circles is privy to and as such, should keep their pontifications to themselves."

No, I don't have a direct line to the Pope. That is`why I am relegated to making my views known in forums such as this. Thankfully, the moderators have allowed me to do this and I am grateful to new catholic and his moderators for granting me this privilege.

dominic1955 said...

Of course, but there is that distinction between what one can do and what one should do.

PEH said...

dominic1955 said...

"Of course, but there is that distinction between what one can do and what one should do."

And who are you, dominic1955, to be deciding what I or someone other than yourself should do? FYI I have attended Catholic schools from grade one through college graduating in 1962 (notably before Vatican II which promised us a new springtime). Having taken the required courses in Logic & the Scientific Method, Philosophy of Nature & Being and Theology I do feel somewhat qualified to write as I have. Therefore, I feel it is incumbent upon me to speak out when I see injustice, especially in liturgical matters supposedly governed by Canon Law. Would you deny me that privilege? Would you deny traditional priests such as those in the FSSPX the right to canonical jurisprudence such as those contained in the 1983 Code? Presumably so, by your insistence that I keep quiet when I see injustice clearly evident in the church of today.

dominic1955 said...

Simply, because this was just a post about the Pope speaking of the joy that should come hand in hand with being Catholic. Many of the saints were evidently joyful even in persecution and martyrdom, its obviously not some fuzzy Modernist nonsense. Why does that have to turn into, "Yeah, but the SSPX..."?

Speak all you want, but of course you are preaching to the choir here and beyond that, on a thread wholly inappropriate for the question of the canonical state of the SSPX! Lighten up!