The VerbumQUO (feb23quo.htm)

Return to the bosom of your true Mother

The Verbumquo for today is "Ecclesiae", the Latin word for "of the Church" which is taken from the Introit and the Epistle for the Mass of a holy Doctor of the Church. It is indeed in the midst "of the Church" that we are nourished and grow in grace, weaned by our holy Mother Church.

by
Michael Cain
Editor, The Daily Catholic

      Editor's Note: This series highlights one word from the Proper of the day's Mass. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", we we have coined the word "Verbumquo" by contracting quotidianum to quo and running it together as VerbumQUO for this feature series, thus "The Daily Word," as in the sum of the message, the 'quotient', if you will. It is also our hope that in choosing the Latin word with its meaning and etimology more will be attuned to hearing the word read at the altar and better comprehend the beauty of the Mother tongue. Hopefully in this Time of Lent we can gain a higher appreciation and contemplation on how the Daily Proper of the Holy Mass applies in our lives in alignment with the will of Christ and His Blessed Immaculate Mother and His Mystical Bride, His Holy Roman Catholic Church.


    Today is the Double Feast of Saint Peter Damien, Bishop and Doctor of the Church who was considered the "Guiding Light of the Dark Ages" and indeed in those times this holy shepherd relied on all that Holy Mother Church had passed down in the truths and traditions to enlighten those who hungered for the Word and the grace of salvation. The verbumQUO today is "Ecclesiae", the possessive of which is in the midst "of the Church" for it is of the Church, by the Church, through the Church and for the Church that the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. St. Peter Damien was a counselor to seven Roman Pontiffs - indeed "in the midst of the Church."

    "In medio Ecclesiae" is the intro of the Introit for it captures the receptacle for our Lord to impart His graces and clothe the successors of His apostles with the robe of glory - the garments of holy prelates. (Note: please do not compare men like St. Peter Damien with the spineless conciliar wolves in shepherds' clothing today.)

    The Latin root for Church is ecclesia which is derived from the Greek kyriakos meaning "the Lord's House" and for which we get Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison. However kyriakos refers to a place, ergo a building - the church, whereas Ecclesia represents both a place as well as the body of the members as Webster's defines Ecclesia:

      Ecclesia - "In ancient Greek states, a political assembly of the citizens. A church either the body of members or building." From this is derived the words: ecclesiastical or ecclesial - "Of or relating to or its organization or government; not secular - distinguished from temporal. From those who compose the ecclesial law are the priests, clergymen, bishops and presbyters called ecclesiastics."

    One more note which is pertinent to this purview of the word Ecclesia is Ecclesiasticus which is, of course, as Webster's documents, "a book of proverbs of the Old Testament in the Douay Version or of the Apocrypha." It is no coincidence that the Introit and Epistle today come from that very book: Ecclesiasticus, which is, in essence, the "Book of the Church" and this carries all the more weight in the fact that the Protestant rebels did away with this opportune book in reforming and altering Holy Writ with the King James Version, an aberration in itself for no one had the right to change, add or delete anything in Sacred Scripture.

    So let us see what that book, suppressed in the Protestant version and other supposedly "approved" versions such as the NAB, says and why Holy Mother Church in her wisdom, chose this passage for the Introit on the feasts of all Doctors of the Church:

      In medio Ecclesiae aperuit os ejus: et implevit eum Dominus epiritu sapientiae, et intellectus: stolam gloriae induit eum.
      In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory.

    This is repeated in the Epistle from the Book of Wisdom for Ecclesiaticus 15: 1-6 also emphasizes this in describing our holy Mother the Church and the loving gift she showers on her children who are obedient to her gentle, but firm voice of authority.

      Qui timet Deum faciet illud et qui continens est iustitiae adprehendet illam, et obviabit illi quasi mater honorificata et quasi mulier a virginitate suscipiet illum cibabit illum panem vitae et intellectus et aqua sapientiae salutaris potabit illum: et firmabitur in illo et non flectetur: et continebit illum et non confundetur et inaltabit illum apud proximos suos, et in medio Ecclesiae aperiet os illius adimplebit illum spiritu sapientiae et intellectus et stolam gloriae vestiet illum. Iucunditatem et exultationem thesaurizabit super illum et nomine aeterno hereditabit illum Dominus Deus noster.
      He that feareth God will do good: and he that possesseth justice shall lay hold on her, and she will meet him as an honorable mother. With the bread of life and understanding she shall feed him and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved: and she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbors, and in the midst of the Church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. The Lord our God shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.

    Here the Book of Wisdom with Ecclesiasticus shares the beautiful qualities of Holy Mother Church, feeding and nourishing her children with the bread of life - the Holy Eucharist and the font of mercy, pouring forth the waters of truth to strengthen the solidity of the Faith as we referred to in yesterday's VerbumQUO on "Petram". As the Apostle Paul counsels to hold fast to tradition, so also our holy mother the Church holds us fast, not confusing the faithful.

    Right there we can see that what passes as the conciliar church cannot be this same holy Mother Church for the latter has always taken great care to protect and preserve the teachings and doctrines of the Sacred Deposit of the Faith whereas the former has wallowed in innovation and political correctness to accommodate the world and man in his sins. No true mother would deceive her own. In fact, speaking of mothers the comparison can be made to the two mothers who presented themselves before Solomon claiming the child as theirs. Solomon, in all his wisdom, could not decipher which one was lying or not by their words and so the sage one played the bluff by proposing to split the living child in two and each 'mother' take half. Of course all know that such action would have killed the child. Solomon knew in his heart the true mother could never agree to such barbarism. True to his suspicion, the rightful mother in sacrificial fashion - just as Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac - offered to give her God-given rights up to save the life of her child. The other mother was only too willing to sacrifice the child. We call Solomon wise for this, but it was not in what he deduced, but in what he proposed that told him volumes.

    So also today we can see who is truly Holy Mother Church and who is the false mother. The True Church cares about her children and will do nothing to jeopardize the supernatural life of their souls as attested to all that was handed down from Peter through Pius XII, whereas the conciliar church will abort her children if the majority decide at the time that it is not convenient to keep them or would cramp their innovations of ecumenism, diversity and tolerance. How do we know this? Because the church of Vatican II did not hesitate to abort the Immemorial Mass of All Ages in favor of a novel synthetic idea that would be more palatable to non-Catholics and shies away from proselytism today for fear of being rebuked by men. Do they not realize how they rebuke God in their actions?!

    Where in Sacred Scripture, one must ask, did Christ ever "dialogue" with unbelievers? He did not. Rather He stated emphatically to His disciples - His ecclesastics - the following clear command: "Go ye into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not, shall be condemned" (Mark 16: 15-16). No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Clear and concise. Black and white. This is what the Roman Pontiffs for nearly 1950 years dogmatically proclaimed in their teachings, decrees, papal bulls, encyclicals, apostolic constitutions, and allocutions. No such thing as ambiguity, no time bombs that could be twisted to suit the manipulators' agenda. The authentic popes never let their "own personal opinions" trump Divine Revelation. Not so with the johnny-come-latelies in the sixties and onward who have engraved in the thoughts of many that when someone opens their mouth in the conciliar church that it is infallible or couldn't possibly be wrong because after all they're in charge. Look at what they are in charge of and ask yourself if this is the kind of family watched over by a loving mother or a disfunctional clan where there is little hope as it self destructs before history's eyes.

    Consider what Benedict XVI said Monday as documented by a Zenit report in his address to a covey of bishops from various African nations during their ad limina visit to Rome:

    "The efforts made for an encounter in the truth of believers of diverse religious traditions contribute to the concrete realization of the authentic good of people and societies. It is a duty to further increasingly-fraternal relations between communities to foster a harmonious development of society, recognizing the dignity of every person and allowing all the free exercise of their religion."

    Who says so? A concerned, vigilant mother? Quite the contrary for Joseph Ratzinger was anything but a prudent parent. Rather, from his wilder days as patronizing periti, he played fast and loose with the doctrines, being the very one who introduced the greatest evidence of a schismatic split with the true Church with his "subsistit in" clause that forever changed the course of the conciliar church and the undermining of Catholicism. No, his words speak of a mother who would not shed a tear if his family were assaulted as long as it was no skin off his back. While every Pope through Pius XII would have given their very lives for Christ and the Faith He bequeathed and would instruct all the faithful to do the same and firmly condemn the actions taken by the conciliar popes, today we are fed the rot that any and all are saved through the heresy of "Universal Salvation" and that one need not be Catholic any more to reach Heaven. So long Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Dogma, hello free exercise of whatever you want to believe.

    I think just the example above by the Novus Ordinarians' man in charge, who so many fence-sitting traditionalists still try to defend, proves who is the rightful mother; one, the pre-Vatican II Church is the legitimate mother and the other, the church of Vatican II - the one fostered by John XXIII and led toward perdition by the likes of Paul VI, John Paul the Least and Benedict - is the surrogate mother who would sooner abandon her children than fight for them. We implore those trapped in the Novus Ordo lodges of shallow, temporal 'feelings and fallacies' to return to the bosom of your true Mother.

Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic




VerbumQUO for the Feast of St. Petere Damian, Doctor of the Church