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Septuagesima is a time of great focus in our faith…… February 20, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Liturgical Year, manhood, mortification, sanctity, Tradition, Victory.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hope to fill in a little bit for the now defunct Ars Orandi site, posting some material from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year.  In that vein, here is another excerpt from Chapter 3 of Volume 4, Practice During Septuagesima:

……During these days, therefore, we must do what we do at all seasons of the year, only we must do it more earnestly and fervently: we must sigh and weep after our country, [our real country, our eternal home, The-Crowning-with-ThornsHeaven]  from which we were exiled in consequence of having indulge in sinful pleasures; we must redouble our efforts in order to regain it by compunction and weeping of heart…….Let us now shed tears in the way, that we may afterwards be glad in our country.  Let us now run the race of this present life, that we may make sure of “the prize of the supernal vocation” (Phil III:14).  Let us not be like imprudent wayfarers, forgetting our country, and preferring banishment to our home. Let us not become like those senseless invalids, who feel not their ailments, and seek no remedy.  We despair of a sick man who will not be persuaded that he is in danger. No: let us run to Our Lord, the Physician of Eternal Salvation. Let us show Him our wounds, and cry out to Him with all our earnestness: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, for my bones are troubled” (Ps IV:3). Then will He forgive us our iniquities, heal us of our infirmities, and satisfy our desire with good things (Ps CII: 3,5).

bild-stich-flagellantenFrom all this it is evident that the Christian, who would spend Septuagesima according to the spirit of the Church, must make war upon that false security, that self-satisfaction, which are so common to effeminate and tepid souls, and produce spiritual barrenness. It is well for them, if these delusions do not insensibly lead them to the absolute loss of the true Christian spirit. He that thinks himself dispensed from that continual watchfulness, which is so strongly inculcated by our Divine Master (Mk XIII:37), is already in the enemy’s power. He that feels no need of combat and of struggle in order to persevere and make progress in virtue should fear that he is not even on the road to that Kingdom of God, which is only to be won by violence (Mt XI:12). He that forgets the sins which God’s mercy has forgiven him, should fear lest he be the victim of a dangerous delusion (Eccl V:5). Let us, during these days which we are going to devote to the honest unflinching contemplation of our miseries, give glory to our God, and derive from the knowledge of ourselves fresh motives of confidence in Him, who, in spite of all our wretchedness and sin, humbled Himself so low as to become one of us, in order that He might exalt us even to union with Himself. 

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Get your mortification amped up well before Lent.  Take advantage of Septuagesima!  Start cranking down on your pleasures and doing more of what you don’t like.  If you have a bad habit, start taking steps to reduce it if not eliminate it entirely.

Septuagesima is a gift to the faithful, to make us ready for Lent.  Use it!



1. Branch - February 20, 2014

Is Septuagesima only part of the EF calendar? I have never heard of it.

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

Yes. It was deleted by Bugnini and Consilium because they felt, ludicrously, that having a preparatory season for Lent somehow detracted from Lent, and made it less special.

Branch - February 20, 2014

Do you have any sense for why Pope Paul Vl would have appointed him Secretary after his predecessor dismissed him from the Preparatory Commission?

tantamergo - February 20, 2014

Yes. Pope Paul VI had a certain direction he wanted to see the Liturgy go (he had broken numerous rubrics and been directed by Pope Pius XII to stop offering abusive Masses), and he knew Bugnini was of a like mind. Paul VI followed the development of the Novus Ordo very closely, and he OK’d pretty much every major decision. Paul VI got, for the most part, the Mass he wanted. He actually wanted an even more “liberal,” if that is the right word, Mass, but the bishops balked when it was presented to them in 1967, so it had to be toned down a bit. But as Consilium kept running wild after the introduction of the Novus Ordo (this was in the 70s), producing more and more Eucharistic Prayers, Children’s Masses, more and more prefaces, and just generally continuing to change the Mass, they went beyond what Paul VI wanted. But those excesses remain.

Branch - February 20, 2014

So is sounds like Paul VI created a monster that got away from him.

I do wonder how Bugnini was able to fly under both Pius XII’s and John XXIII’s radar for a time.

2. St Maravillas21 - February 20, 2014

Reblogged this on Carmel, Garden of God.

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