Friday, June 02, 2006

An Bord Pleanála Saves St. Colman’s Cathedral

Ending this blog on an up note:

53.214338 Re-ordering the interior of St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork.

Inspector's Report

Board Direction

Board Order

Deo gratias.

Reported in:


The cafeteria is closed . . . . .

The New Liturgical Movement


From a beautiful catechesis on St. Peter by Pope Benedict XVI:

On a spring morning, [Peter’s] mission would be entrusted to him by the risen Jesus. The meeting would take place on the shores of the Lake of Tiberias. It is the Evangelist John who refers to the dialogue that took place in that circumstance between Jesus and Peter. One notes a very significant play of words. In Greek the word filéo expresses the love of friendship, tender but not total, whereas the word agapáo means love without reservations, total and unconditional.

Jesus asks Peter the first time: “Simon … do you love me (agapâs-me)” with this total and unconditional love (cf. John 21:15)? Before the experience of the betrayal, the apostle would certainly have said: “I love you (agapô-se) unconditionally.” Now that he has known the bitter sadness of infidelity, the tragedy of his own weakness, he says with humility: “Lord, I love you (filô-se),” that is, “I love you with my poor human love.” Christ insists: “Simon, do you love me with this total love that I want?” And Peter repeats the answer of his humble human love: Kyrie, filô-se, “Lord, I love you as I know how to love.”

The third time Jesus only says to Simon: “Fileîs-me?”, “Do you love me?” Simon understood that for Jesus his poor love, the only one he is capable of, is enough, and yet he is saddened that the Lord had to say it to him in this way. Therefore, he answered: “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you (filô-se).”

It would seem that Jesus adapted himself to Peter, rather than Peter to Jesus! It is precisely this divine adaptation that gives hope to the disciple, who has known the suffering of infidelity. From here trust is born that makes him able to follow to the end: “This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God. And after this he said to him, ‘Follow me’” (John 21:19).



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