31 May 2018

Fr Faber, of course. God bless him.

"We think ... of all the thousands of masses which are being said or sung the whole world over, and all rising with one note of blissful acclamation, from grateful creatures, to the Majesty of our merciful Creator. How many glorious processions, with the sun upon their banners, are now winding their way round the squares of mighty cities, through the flower-strewn streets of Christian villages, through the antique cloisters of the glorious cathedral, or through the grounds of the seminary, where the various colours of the faces, and the different languages of the people are only so many fresh tokens of the unity of that faith which they are all exultingly professing in the single voice of the magnificent ritual of Rome! Upon how many altars of various architecture, amid sweet flowers and starry lights, amid clouds of humble incense, and the tumult of thrilling song, before thousands of prostrate worshippers, is the Blessed Sacrament raised for exposition, or taken down for benediction! And how many blessed acts of faith and love, of triumph and of reparation, do not each of these things surely represent! The world over, the summer air is filled with the voice of song. The gardens are shorn of their fairest blossoms, to be flung beneath the feet of the Sacramental God. The steeples are reeling with the clang of bells; the cannon are booming in the gorges of the Andes and the Appenines;the ships of the harbours are painting the bays of the sea with their show of gaudy flags; the pomp of royal or republican armies salutes the King of kings. The Pope on his throne, and the school-girl in her village, cloistered nuns, and sequestered hermits, bishops and dignitaries and preachers, emperors and kings and princes, all are engrossed to-day with the Blessed Sacrament ... "

Viva il Fabbro!!!

1 comment:

A Daughter of Mary said...

If, like me, there are NO suitable priests for private spiritual direction in your area, I recommend going to Father Faber. His book "Growth in Holiness" is really a book of spiritual direction that fits almost anyone who wants to do just that - grow in holiness, without a personal director. Good directors are difficult to find - not to say priests who are busy in a parish are unsuitable - not at all…just that direction is a gift not all priests have.

Another recommendation, if I may Father, is "Self-knowledge and Self-dicipline" by that wonderful priest B. W. Maturin. This gem was written in the early 1900s and like Father Faber's books is timeless.