30 May 2018 | Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
In the traditional Roman Calendar, we remember St. Felix, pope and martyr. Also, in France St. Joan of Arc, who is at the moment my oldest daughter’s patron, is celebrated.
Last night and into the early AM, I kept a vigil alight for my middle daughter. Her temperature has continued above 100, waking up in the wee hours, coughing and sweating. I’ve always enjoyed the late/early hours for reading and for prayer; I just wish my daughters and wife weren’t sick.
My wife went to her Physician’s Assistant and found out she may have Pharyngitis, which sounds, both in the word itself and the way my wife’s voice intones, like Laryngitis. For this reason, she needs more time for rest and less hands-on time with the girls. Deo gratias, it’s summer recess for me, though this is eerily like Christmas Holiday when I came home to a house of Norovirus.
I have had a few minutes of the Divine Office and to begin reading Fr. Guy Bedeouelle, O.P.’s Saint Dominic: The Grace of the Word. The biography, originally penned in French and published in 1982, attempts to sketch the life of the saint in light of his evangelical preaching and apostolic life. In fact, it’s one part biography, one part exhortation to live and preach like the great father of the Order of Preachers.
Tomorrow in the Extraordinary Form is the Feast of Corpus Christi, traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, which was last Sunday. In the Ordinary Form, Corpus Christi will be celebrated this Sunday (3 June). What’s more, the E.F. celebration of Corpus Christi replaces Pope St. Pius XII’s Immaculate Heart of Mary, which has been transferred to June 9 in order to fall the day after the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, my old parish’s titular feast day.
But, in the current calendar, May 31st is the now the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the Virgin visited her cousin Elizabeth, the Forerunner leaped for joy at the presence of the Savior in the Virgin’s womb. In the old calendar, this feast was celebrated in early July, but “is now transferred to the last day of May, between the solemnities of the Annunciation of the Lord and the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, which agrees more aptly with the Gospel narrative.”*
* Calendarium Romanum (1969), p. 93: Transfertur nunc in ultimam diem mensis maii, inter solemnitates Annuntiationis Domini et Nativitatis S. Ioannis Baptistae, quo aptius consentiat narrationi evangelicae.