The Truth can only reveal truth!|
The VerbumQUO for today is "revelabitur" which is the future past tense of revelare - "to reveal" and is taken from today's Gospel from Matthew 10: 23-28 in which our Lord assures that all that has been hidden "shall be revealed" in urging His shepherds to shout it from the rooftops; something today's saint, the holy Doctor of the Church Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, did so well in preaching the unadulterated truths of the Faith against the Arian heresy in the 5th Century. So, too, today we need to follow Cyril's example.
Editor, The Daily Catholic
Editor's Note: This is a new series the editor has launched in highlighting one word from the Proper of the day's Mass. Taking the Latin Verbum and Quotidianum, which mean respectively "Word" and "Daily", 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.
Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic
The VerbumQUO for the Double Feast of the holy Doctor of the Church and Bishop Saint Cyril of Jerusalem is revelabitur which means "shall be revealed" from the verb revelare - "to reveal" and taken from today's Gospel from Matthew 10: 23-28 in today's Mass In medio Ecclesiae as we see below:
In illo tempore: Dixit Jesus discípulis Suis: "Cum persequéntur vos in civitáte ista, fúgite in áliam. Amen dico vobis, non consummábitis civitiátes Israël, donec véniat Fílius hóminis. Non est discipulus super magístrum, nec servus super Dóminum suum. Súfficit discípulo, ut sit sicut magíster ejus: et servo, sicut dóminus ejus. Si patremfamílias Beélzebub vocavérunt: quanto magic domésticos ejus? Ne ergo timuéritis eos. Nihil enim est opértum, quod non revelábitur: et occúltum, quod non sciétur. Quod dico vobis in ténebris, dícite in lúmine: et quod in aure auditis, prædicáte super tecta. Et nolíte timére eos, qui occidunt corpus, á nimam autem non possunt occídere: sed pótius timéte eum, qui potent ánimam et corpus pérdere in gehénnam."
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "When they shall persecute you in this city, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you shall not finish all the cities of Israel till the Son of man come. The disciple is not above the master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the good man of the house Beelzebub, how much more them of his household? Therefore fear them not; for nothing is covered that shall not be revealed; nor hid that shall not be known. That which I tell you in the dark, speak ye in the light; and that which you hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops. And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him that can destroy both soul and body into hell."
From revelabitur comes the English word "revealed" for the verb; "revelation" for the noun. Phonetically it is pronounced RE-VEL-AHB-EE-TOOR with the emphasis on the bolded part which has the accent on the a. Let us look at Webster's definition:
"reveal" - verb, [From the Latin revelare, - latum, to unveil, reveal from Latin re + velare to veil, from Latin noun velum a veil.] 1. To communicate or impart by supernatural means or agency. 2. To divulge (something secret, or hidden): to disclose. 3. To open up to view; as, a painting reveals the painter. - revealable, adj. - revealer, noun Syn. Reveal, discover, disclose, divulge, tell, betray mean to make known that which has been or should be concealed. Reveal implies an unveiling, as of something not clear to human vision or beyond one's knowledge; discover, somewhat archaic, an uncovering of something concealed from view; disclose, sometimes a discovering, but more often the making known, of what has been kept secret; divulge, a disclosure that is not quite proper; tell, an imparting of that which is unknown or should be kept secret; betray, a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an unconscious disclosure. revealment, noun Act of revealing; disclosure. revelation, noun 1. Act of revealing; the disclosing to others of what was before unknown to them; also, that which is revealed; often a striking disclosure. 2. Theol. a God's disclosure or manifestation of Himself or of His will to man, as through some act, oracular words, signs, laws, etc. b That which is revealed by God to man. 3. (cap.) The Revelation of Saint John. The last of the canonical books of the Bible; the Apocalypse. See BIBLE."
We can see how those definitions not only apply to today's Proper of the Mass, and to the virtuous, courageous life of St. Cyril, but even in the definition of betray as in 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 when Saint Paul discloses, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." St. Cyril realized this and was blessed with understanding the Holy Ghost. He was known as the Catechist of the Holy Ghost for he was one of those whom Paul was speaking of when he asserted to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 2: 10, "But to us God hath revealed His Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, even the profound things of God." It was the grace of the Holy Ghost that enabled Cyril to express the truths of the Faith to those confused by the Arian heresy which, up until the modern heresies we are currently embroiled in, was the most devastating virus to affect the Faith.
To really bring this point home we bring you the poignant comments and prophecies of another wise man of the Faith, Dom Gueranger, who wrote the following exhortation in the mid-19th century about and to St. Cyril of Jerusalem for this his feast day in Volume 5 of The Liturgical Year, which is ever more revealing in considering what we have today which has become much worse than even the holy Abbot could have imagined:
"Thou was sure of thy hearers and didst not fear to unveil before their eyes the arguments and abominable devices of their secret enemies. There are times and circumstances, only to be judged by the shepherds of the flock, when it is necessary to disregard the revulsion of feeling caused by such revelations in order to denounce the danger and warn the sheep against intellectual or moral scandals. Thus, O Cyril, thy invectives pursued Manicheism to its most secret haunts. Thou didst see in this heresy the principal agent of that mystery of iniquity which pursues its path of darkness and destruction throughout the ages, until it shall bring the world to decay. In these times the Manichee triumphs openly. The societies founded by him have gained power. The secret of the Lodges still hides from the uninitiated the sacrilegious symbols and dogmas brought once from Persia, but the prince of this world has cleverly united all social forces in the hands of this ally. The first use he makes of his power is to attack the Church out of hatred for Christ. He assails her fruitfulness by denying her the right to teach which she received from her divine Head. The children, whom she has brought forth and who are hers in virtue of their baptism, are snatched from her by main force, and she is forbidden to preside over their education. She calls thee to her aid, O Cyril, in these unhappy times; do not disappoint her expectations. Thou didst understand so well the claims of the sacrament of regeneration. Protect the baptism of so many innocent souls in whom men seek to stifle the divine germ. Strengthen and rekindle the faith of Christian parents and teach them that if it is their duty to defend their children from death at the risk of their own bodies, they must remember that the souls of these little ones are still more precious. It has greatly consoled us to see how many have understood this and, faithful to the dictates of their conscience, have suffered violence rather than yield to the regulations of a pagan state. Bless them, O Cyril, and increase their number. Bless also, strengthen and multiply those faithful souls who devote themselves to the instruction of poor children whose spiritual interests are betrayed by the secular power. There is no mission today more urgent than that of catechists, and none, surely, dearer to thy heart."
Powerful words especially in our day when true catechists are at a premium, so rare and found only in Traditional circles since secularism and heresy has overtaken the conciliar catechesis from an all new and most ambiguous tome with the new Catechism of the 'Catholic' Church and an RCIA program that reeks of anathema. Truly today two, possibly three and even four generations do not know their Faith. Because of that, most have lost their Faith. They may still think they have it, but at the first sign of sacrifice or trial, they cave because they have been weaned on the softness of cafeteria Catholic-lite and don't truly realize the finality of Christ's words in today's Gospel of the great danger of those who can kill the soul. St. Cyril of Jerusalem is also the patron saint of catechists and, as we pointed out, there are so few today because they have abandoned the simple but effective and thorough Baltimore Catechism which was based on the Roman Catechism or Catechism of Trent. Today, to cover their tracks with a new set of Canon Laws to try to hide the anathemas of Vatican II, the conciliar church has released the heavier-than-a-phone book tome that leaves one dialing for help no matter where they turn because there is nothing definitive, nothing absolute in that book of relativism. It could mean this, it could mean that, and therein is the rub that leaves the door wide open for interpretation. Discernment by the Church? That died with Pope Pius XII. All kinds of bastardized versions of the Bible are willy-nilly approved by a most unscrupulous band of lukewarm potentates who will seek anything but orthodoxy. St. Cyril of Jerusalem? He's an old fogey of the Church who is not relevant to today's church. Who says so? The "experts" of the conciliar church who only bring him out of the cupboard if they want to schmooze up with the Eastern church. Convenience has trumped catechesis.
With the True Church in such eclipse today, and so many souls starving for the truth, and yet not recognizing it when it is presented because they have been so brainwashed by conciliarism and political correctness. This is truly a time of tribulation and the holy Abbot Gueranger leaves us all with a ray of hope if we emulate the great saints of the Church, her holy and wise Doctors and stand fast to Tradition:
"Holy Church has just related to us the apparition of the holy Cross, which marked the beginning of thy episcopate, and similar marvels have been witnessed in our own times. But the apparition in thy day announced a triumph - the triumph thou didst foresee when St. Helena discovered the tree of our redemption, the triumph which, at the time of thy death, had been confirmed by the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the Jewish Temple. Can it be that our times are to witness only defeat and ruin? We have confidence in thy aid, O holy Pontiff [ed. note: here he is saluting a bishop of a major see as a Pontiff, but not to be confused with the Sovereign Pontiff of Rome]. We remember that the triumph which thou didst witness was brought by the sufferings of the whole Church, in which thou thyself didst share by thrice-repeated deposition and twenty years of exile. The Cross, whose great anniversary is now approaching, is not conquered, but triumphs in the sufferings of the faithful and their patient endurance. It will appear once more, as a sign of eternal victory, over the ruins of the world on the Day of Judgment."
Again this is a reaffirmation of Christ's words in Matthew 16: 18-19, "And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." It brings home all so clear His words of today's Gospel and how it is so apropos for St. Cyril's feast. No matter the obstacles, "Fear them not." For all that has been hidden, all the cover-ups, the heresies, the anathemas, the sins will be revealed. No one can hide from God. It is a rallying call to Traditional Catholics everywhere to take heart, fight the good fight and never give up for in the end all will realize that what we have and teach others can never be hidden for it is right! The Truth can only reveal truth.