Sorry for the long period between postings. Here's a summary of Tuesday's plenum address was by Fr. Michael Joncas. His talk was about connecting the liturgy to our disciples ship, and to do so, he offered up a text that should be familiar to us at Blessed Sacrament, "O Sacrum Convivium." It comes from the prayers of the office of Corpus Christi, penned by St Thomas Aquinas:
O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given.
The first two lines identify the Mass itself, and the final three speak of what we do at Mass, and further, as Fr. Joncas suggested, how we should live our lives as disciples. "The memory of his Passion is renewed," is anamnesis, the recollectiong of past events that make them present. The ability to recall the past is vital for us. Think of someone suffering from the awful Alzheimer's disease, how debilitating it is not to be able to rememer well what came before.
"The mind is filled with grace," speaks of the present, those grace-filled moments that we enjoy. Fr. Joncas suggested thinking about the ultimate music performance, when one wasn't thinking about the notes or the words, a transcendant experience. Or the example of an olypmpian so well-trained, just in the zone.
"And a pledge of future glory to us given," is about the hope that we must have as Christians in a better future, especially in the kingdom of heaven. We hope for the reunificaiton with our loved ones who have preceeded us. We hope for the easing of our suffering. This is what we strive for.
To wrap up, Fr. Joncas had us sing Marty Haugen's hymn, "We Remember," which perfectly summarizes his talk:
We remember how you loved us to your death,
and still we celebrate, for you are with us here;
And we believe that we will see you when you come,
in your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.