Thursday, 17 April 2014
Mandatum novum do vobis: ut diligatis invicem,
sicut delexi vos, dicit Dominus.
Ps. Beati immaculate iin via: qui ambulant in lege Domini.
A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another,
as I have loved you, says the Lord.
Ps. Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.
A new commandment.
[Antiphon for the Maundy or Washing of Feet]
Here is a video of featuring the traditional plainsong setting of the antiphon, and showing the washing of feet during what appears to be a solemn Usus Recentior Mass (note the concelebrants).
While looking for this, I also came across this modern setting, which I rather like.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Monday, 24 March 2014
Benedicite Dominum,omnes Angeli Ejus: potentes virtute, qui fctis verbum Ejus, ad audiendum vocem sermonem Ejus. Benedic, anima mea Domino: et omnia, quae intre me sunt, Nomini Sancto Ejus.
Bless the Lord, all ye His angels: you that are mighty in strength and execute His wr, hearkening to the voice of His orders. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless His Holy Name.
[Introit for the Feast of St. Gabriel]
Monday, 17 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
One of the things about us teachers is that we are so used to managing other people's learning that we forget to apply the same principles to ourselves.
Earlier today I was involved in some work looking at evidence for the way we plan and tailor teaching to suit the needs of individual learners. Much was made of setting pupils appropriate targets which are challenging enough to ensure they can progress, but which also allow them to experience the rewards of success on a frequent basis. A lot was also said about celebrating progress even if this is sometimes 'two steps forward and one step back' in its nature, and also how we often re-visit the same ideas in order to fix and reinforce these in learners' minds
On the way home, I took the opportunity of going to Confession, and was reminded of the process of conversion, how this is an ongoing and continuous process, and also something that Pope Francis has recently focussed on in his Ash Wednesday Sermon.
Lent is a time to learn from God, to take stock of where we are now, to consider where we should be heading. It is a time to listen to God, and let Him teach us: to accept His challenges, but also to celebrate the little successes and small strides we make each day in our lives and vocations. It is a time to practice and reinforce good habits. Even when we seem to be progressing slowly, sliding back or going over the same ground, we can take heart that if we keep trying we will ever move forward on our spiritual journey.