Rorate Caeli


As the first week in Passiontide begins, beautiful words by Spanish writer Eugenio D'Ors (Eugeni D'Ors i Rovira), the author of one of our favorite aphorisms, "Todo lo que no es tradición es plagio" ("All that is not tradition is plagiarism").
The voice of Simeon already rises up, it elevates itself in the midst of the House of God. He had been there for many years, and he did not wish to leave it. He did not leave, nor did he die, in expectation of this, so that his eyes could see it. 

... His hands take the Child, Whom you had already once removed from the menaces of the Herod of Death. The prophetic voice rises up in the Temple:

-Behold this One is set for the fall and disorientation of many, and will lead to contradiction.

And to you he says:

- Your own soul shall be pierced by a sword.

Now - now, it pierces you. Now that you know the first Sorrow, from which all Sorrows shall come forth, and to its wound the other sorrows will not add anything else. Now that, with the fate of the Son, your fate has been set for ever. Now that, in the dust of your path, the footmarks of all future suffering have already been set. Now, when you already feel the Son to be lost, lost among the doctors, then among the apostles, then among the soldiers, then between the thieves, and in death, and in the tomb. Now that you can already see how the blessed flower of your flesh belongs to contradiction, and not to rest; to war, and not to peace; to your mission, and not to yourself...
Eugenio D'Ors


  1. I have watched the Passiontide processions of Spain and of Guatemala on youtube. They are extremely moving. Why don't the Trad Orders start something like that here in the U.S.?

  2. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Good idea M.A.

    The U.S. needs more visible displays of Christianity.


  3. Woody Jones11:44 PM

    It is so very encouraging to see someone here printing something from Eugenio d'Ors! As you may know, don Eugenio was the father of Alvaro d'Ors, famous professor of Roman Law at the University of Navarra, and who was, among many other things, the originator of the concept of the dichotomy between power (which asks the question) and authority (which answers it) in politics. This was considered a key insight by the late great Fritz Wilhelmsen, among others.

    Don Eugenio published much in Spanish thast I have not had a chance to read, but one famous piece that I have seen and partly read (it is slow going with the dictonary for me, even en cristiano) is "Learning and Heroism" which in some sense might be said to be a precursor of some of the thought of St Josemaria Escriva, whom don Alvaro, the son, followed.

    One of the insights, as I recall it, from "Learning and Heroism" was that we do not ourselves actually achieve intellectual breakthroughs, but instead God rewards our effort and virtue by giving them to us. In this time of near universal apostasy, it would seem that so too will our own efforts not produce the desired conversion of our country and of the world, but that God will in a sinse reward our efforts, especially of prayer and penance, and grant it.

  4. Pardon typos, You get the point, I hope.

  5. Please, see this doc:

  6. Oh how moving!

    We can never thank the Blessed Virgin Mary enough for her Fiat.

    Thank you for posting this beautiful extract from the writings of Eugenio D'Ors.

  7. Thomas1:14 AM

    Now, now it pierces you..

    Beautiful words. So happy to see Eugenio D'Ors posted here. Pray for the Pope!

  8. Anonymous11:44 PM

    Very beautiful!

    "O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater than them all O Covenant, clothed with purity instead of gold! You are the Ark in which is found the golden vessel containing the true manna, that is, the flesh in which divinity resides."

    Athanasius, Homily of the Papyrus of Turin, 71:216 (ante AD 373).

  9. Anonymous3:44 AM

    What statue is that of Our Lady? It's truly stunning. Is there a place where could view the full thing?


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