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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Papal tributes and humour

This weekend's 'Catholic Herald' cited a Canadian website as having an "anti-Catholic" cartoon, but it sounded hilarious to me, so I had to check it out. The very idea of the Holy Father saluting Our Lady ala 'Heil Hitler' made me laugh and this morning during Mass, when we prayed for Pope Benedict, the cartoon came to mind and I had to suppress a fit of the giggles! Click on the link and tell me if you find it funny too, or have I got a bad sense of humour that His Holiness needs to put in place?!! But looking at him above, does he look like a man without humour to you?

Another fine example is the 'Brick Testament' which endeavours to put the Bible into Lego-made comic form. The children I taught in Manila loved it and I find it quite funny. Sadly some rather dour people I knew in seminary found it all rather off-colour, especially something like these. What do you think?

Personally, I realize there is a thin line between humour and irreverence but sometimes, we can also take ourselves too seriously. As so many priests living in community have told me, humour is essential... and most of us would admit that God has a fine sense of humour!

On another note, Joanna Bogle, writing in the 'Catholic Times', has suggested updated words to Wiseman's hymn: "God bless our Pope". It is a good attempt and the words are more Scriptural, slightly less triumphalistic and archaic in tone. Will it catch on? Judge for yourself:

Full in the panting heart of Rome
The pilgrim's and the stranger's home,
Our voices rise to God in prayer
With faithful Christians gathered there:

God bless our Pope, the great the good! (x2)

Almighty God, whose sacred word
The great apostle Peter heard,
Who guides with ever-faithful hand
Your holy Church in every land.

O Lord of every age and place,
Peter's successor asks your grace.
Abundant faith and strength provide,
Inspire and lead, protect and guide.

O God of light and God of truth,
The hope of age, the strength of youth,
To whom the holy martyrs pray,
Renew and bless your Church today.

Where Peter is, the Church shall be,
As Christ once taught in Galilee.
Your saints join us to sing your praise,
From now until the end of days.

I too have tried my hand at hymn-writing. Perhaps I'll post some on here one day, when I feel less ashamed of them!!

Finally, the Coetus meets tomorrow to decide my future! I may well need my sense of humour by day's end tomorrow! Please pray for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another version, sung to the tune of "Full in the panting heart of Rome" - definitely less triumphalistic and specifically for use in England!

To England’s shore Augustine came
To teach the Faith in Jesus’ name
And faithful soon were proud to sing
This prayer for the Vicar of Christ the King:
“God bless our Pope, with faith and love”

An isle of saints England became
And Mary’s Dowry her fair name,
As faith and virtue grew in twain
While minds and hearts ne’er ceased proclaim:
“God bless our Pope, with faith and love”

So now when God is set aside
And evil flows in stronger tide
We need the faith of days of yore
To sing with fervour ever more:
“God bless our Pope, with faith and love”

Francis Ripley [1912 - 1998]

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