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Draw the living waters - 50 years of Haurietis Aquas - III
Pope Benedict's letter on Haurietis Aquas

[Parts I and II.]

This Tuesday's Bollettino publishes the letter (in Italian) Pope Benedict XVI sent last May 15 to the Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, for the 50th anniversary of that bright light of the Pontificate of Pius XII, of most glorious memory, the Encyclical Letter Haurietis Aquas, on devotion to the Sacred Heart.

The Society of Jesus has been, of course, the historical custodian of this most venerable devotion. Below, excerpts of Pope Benedict's beautiful letter:

The words of prophet Isaias - "You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain" (Is 12,3) - which open the Encyclical with which Pius XII recalled the first centennial of the extension to the entire Church of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - have not lost today, 50 years later, any of their significance. ...

The worship of the love which renders itself visible in the mystery of the Cross, re-presented in every Eucharistic Celebration, becomes thus the foundation by which we may become people capable of loving and giving (cfr Enc. Haurietis aquas, 69), becoming instruments in the hands of Christ: only thus becoming credible announcers of his love. This opening up of oneself to the will of God, however, must renew itself at every moment: "love is never 'finished' and complete"(cfr Enc. Deus caritas est, 17). ... the adoration of the love of God, which has found in the symbol of the "pierced Heart" its historical-devotional expression, remains indispensable for a living relationship with God (cfr Enc. Haurietis aquas, 62).

miserere nobis.


  1. That's all very well and good, but with people like Dias being istalled in Propaganda Fide, a little more political analysis would be helpful, even if it comes to nothing. Ousting a few priests doesn't constitute a successful reform of the Curia. There are probably a few, maybe even more than a few Cardinals who spend their time surfing for heaven knows what. We need hard news and analysis. It's crunch-time.

  2. The Imitation of The Sacred Heart of Jesus;
    Fr. Peter J. Arnoudt, S.J.
    Originally published 1904, Benziger.
    TAN 2001.
    ISBN 0-89555-012-1

    734 pages of colloquy & adrenaline: it'll convict you, it's beautiful.

    Thanks for your work on Haurietas.

  3. oops, hehe.
    I meen Haurietis.


  4. Why are so many pictures of Jesus and His Sacred Heart so soft and girly looking?

  5. Dear Dymphna:

    Your question is well taken. Why indeed!

    Even traditionalists fall victim to the feminization of the Church when choosing icons.

    Since Jesus was fully God and fully man, he should be portrayed as masculine as possible. I'm afraid that some of the Renaissance painters began the degradation, as great as many of them were as artists.

    It certainly wasn't a Percy Bysshe in gold-lamé heels that drove the money changers out of the temple.

    I publish a monthly SSPX bulletin, with pictures, so I know how difficult it is to find a masculine Sacred Heart.

    Glad to hear there are "chicks" in the traditional ranks. I trust hubby has had the sense to go along - not necessarily just to get along.

    Make those boiled things roasted peanuts honey coated and you've made a friend for life.

    Your Blog picture is an essay all by its little ownsome. The sad part is, you coulda chose worse!

    One question: why did you choose Dymphna? I know she was a Saint, but the name sounds awfully pagan. Almost Diana-ish.

  6. Well, my father's side of the family is part Irish and Dymphna is not only my favorite saint but it's a good solid Irish name.

  7. Ah, lassie, so 'tis a good Celt name, after all: pagan until she was canonized, which Christianized it. It's a bonny name.

    It was Celt Christians, after all, who once saved the Church from the little island of Iona.

    The land of Scotland remained Celt Christian, as a matter of fact, until St. Margaret of Scotland Romanized all but a very few, and those soon died out. And to think the ancestors of Robert the Bruce fell for the abominable Knox. Instead of exiling him, Mary Queen of Scots should have given him the same treatment Edward I gave Wallace - had him hanged, drawn, and quartered.

    Mary Stewart (the real Scot spelling) should by now have been canonized also. If anybody died for her faith, it was she.

    Thanks for the answer.

  8. Hand grenade time:

    Most Celts aren't, they think they are because of their surnames and clan names but actually, ethnically...

    they're anglo-saxons and vikings.


    Clan donnachaidh forever!

  9. Ouch!

    I must refine my knowledge of Celt history, but I've not delved at all into Anglo-Sax and Viking.

    According to historical novelist Nigel Tranter, primarily his treatment of St. Margaret of Scotland and trilogy on Robert the Bruce, the one-time saviors of Bruce and the figures converted by Margaret were definitely Celt. The late Mr. Tranter is highly regarded for his accuracy, so your point is actually to be taken with him, if you can get to him.

    I happen to be of the Clan Barclay, which fought with The Bruce at the Battle of Methvin, where one David Barclay (my brother's name) was caught by Edward I; subsequently to be hanged, drawn, and quartered.

    I haven't the remotest idea as to whether the name, itself, is Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, or Viking. I doubt the last, because we're all dark-haired.

    So I don't know whether to respond *boom-boom* or not.

    For the record: the Barclay Clan Motto is: Aut Augere, Aut Mori; and the motto of the kings of Scotland is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit. In other words, pride and lack of charity are our middle names.

    Anyway, Dymphna is Irish and, come to think of it, donnachaidh sounds suspiciously Irish also.

    Here's mud in your sporran. (It's an old Barclay toast.)


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