Friday greetings from Salt Lake City.
Last night the participants here at the Southwest Liturgical Conference celebrated the Eucharist at the stunning Cathedral of the Madeleine. Bishop Wester, the local bishop here, was the celebrant.
After yesterday's post concerning the pro multis issue, I was struck by the four words that appeared on the back wall of the sanctuary, directly surrounding the image of the crucified Christ.
Those four words? "CHRIST DIED FOR ALL."
Thanks to all of you who provided helpful comments yesterday about the issue. There is going to need to be lots of catechesis about this.
I know that I have been speaking about the fact that we will need to let go of the old translation eventually and that many of us will need to grieve the passing of that translation.
Praying last night with over 1200 Catholics committed to the Church and the Church's liturgy as celebrated by God's people, I was swept up in the celebration. When the people prayed and sang our parts during the Mass, the responses and acclamations were strong and were prayed and sung with such conviction. Standing there, singing and praying, unable to take my eyes away from those four words, "Christ Died for All," I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. I strongly felt that I was soon going to lose a good friend; a friend that I have learned to love more and more with the passing of each Sunday for the last four decades. Say what you will about the current translation; but these living words have helped shape me into the Catholic I have become. Isn't that what a good friend does?
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.