Saturday, March 31, 2012

je reviendrai à Montréal

who's who in this picture?
je reviendrai à Montréal
dans un grand Bœing Toyota Corolla bleu de mer
j'ai besoin de revoir l'hiver
et ses aurores boréales (Robert Charlebois - Je Reviendrai à Montréal, 1976)
another post promoting all things IEC2012 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

before diving into Holy Week, i decided to take a couple days of rest and relaxation.  i drove to Montreal where my brother priests welcomed me.  i also leaned towards Montreal this time because i heard through the grapevine (facebook), that there was an upcoming International Conference on all things Charles Taylor.  i must admit i haven't read much, excpect for the intro to A Secular Age.  another brother priest told me about him, and i became interested a couple years ago.  after attending this great conference, i think i'll pick up that brick once again.

side tangent:  before mentioning the conference, i also brought my running gear.  running down Sherbrooke St. East, all of a sudden i was hearing "go to Joseph".  being at the bottom of the hill, i wasn't too crazy about the idea - however, it is the beginning of holy week, and time to go up the mountain!  after asking a few people how to get there, i finally arrived (@runkeeper).  as i posted through facebook, i needed prayers when i got to the top, i was almost, but not quite, dieing!  to give you an idea of the hills in beautiful Montreal - i was one street over from St. Joseph Oratory, and yet i couldn't see it - because of all the buildings, and hills.  to make it even worse, i had more hills to tackle on the way home!  how is that possible?!  anywho, enough of this tangent.  more on my own running philosphy later.

back to all things Charles Taylor, and IEC2012 will link in there somewhere, i'm sure!  i got there in time for the afternoon session on Thursday, and decided to attend Friday morning and evening only.  today, i came back earlier since i had a homily to write!  there was many interesting subjects - philosophy of language, my fav English and French tensions, charter of rights and freedom, more politics, and of course, much on secularization.  you can see a glimpse of what took place, because i ended up tweeting live during the conference.  i was surprised how little attention it got through the internet bubble.  anywho.  i was particularly intertested in talk on dialogue and conversation with the other.
"However there must be an engaged pluralism, a dialogue with those who disagree ..." (me via twitter)
we need to have respectful conversations with each other if we are to live together in one happy family.  secularization has lead to a great disrespect to those who have faith (was the inverse true 500 years ago?).  but now, in a post-secular age, both parties can + must listen to one another.  Cardinal Collins mentions the same via Catholic Register:
"Believers are not inclined to leave their faith at home, or in the sacristy, nor to agree to the secularist assertion that the public square must be purified of religious input," Collins said. "People of faith who, if nothing else, make up a large portion of the population in our democracy, will continue to propose their insights in the political process, and to act through the voluntary organizations without which our society would be a crueler place."
let me finish here, since my tummy is growling.  the ideas on conversation leads us to communion.  indeed, the more we know the other, the more i know myself.  Christians will not always like what other people have to say, but we too must engage in respectful conversation.  we don't always know what to say, but not to worry.  just get the conversation going, and enter into the mystery.  more on all things Charles Taylor later, once i figure out just what happened!  peace.


The countdown is on: CONGRESS COUNTDOWN: 10 WEEKS 4 DAYS 19 HOURS 14 MINUTES 53 SECONDS, at the time of this writing. Please continue to pray for the Congress, and our group who will be meeting in a couple weeks. The Logo, entitled People in Communion, was designed on behalf of the Congress Committee by Martin Barlow of Portadown, Co. Armagh.
The design concept is based on the idea of people “from every nation, race, tribe and language” (Rev.7:9) being drawn together in Communion as “One Body” formed by faith in the person of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and the sacrifice he made upon the cross. As Martin Barlow explains: “Our sense of community, belonging, celebration and acceptance is captured in the design by the graphic representation of the people with both arms outstretched. There are two separate sources of inspiration for the design: 
• Paragraph 7 of Lumen Gentium, which reads: “Really partaking of the body and blood of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another. Because the bread is one, we though many, are one body, all of us who partake of the one bread.” 
• Paragraph 3 of the Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia of Pope John Paul II, which sums up the design, reads: The Church was born of the paschal mystery. For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the centre of the Church’s life.

1, 2, 3, on y va: COMPTE À REBOURS AU CONGRÈS: 10 SEMAINES 4 JOURS 19 HEURES 7 MINUTE 38 SECONDES, quand j'ai commencé à écrire. S.V.P continuez de prier pour le Congrès, et pour notre groupe qui va se rencontrer bientôt. Le logo, intitulé Les Gens en Communion, a été conçu par Martin Barlow de Portadown, Co. Armagh.
Le concept est basé sur l'idée de personnes "de toute nation, race, la tribu et la langue» (Ac.7: 9) qui se centrent dans la communion comme «un seul corps» formé par la foi en la personne de Jésus-Christ, l'Agneau de Dieu, et le sacrifice qu'il a fait sur ​​la croix. Comme Martin Barlow explique: «Notre sens de la communauté, d'appartenance, la célébration et l'acceptation est capturé dans la conception par la représentation graphique des personnes ayant les deux bras tendus. Il s’est inspiré de deux sources distinctes : 
• Le paragraphe 7 de Lumen Gentium, qui se lit: "Vraiment participer au corps et au sang du Seigneur dans la fraction du pain eucharistique, nous sommes élevés à la communion avec Lui et avec l'autre. Parce que le pain est un, nous bien que beaucoup, sont un seul corps, nous tous qui participons à ce pain unique. " 
• Le paragraphe 3 de l'Encyclique Ecclesia de Eucharistia du Pape Jean-Paul II, qui résume la conception, la lit comme suit: L'Eglise est née du mystère pascal. Pour cette raison, l'Eucharistie, qui est d'une manière exceptionnelle le sacrement du mystère pascal, se dresse au centre de la vie de l'Eglise.

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