Letter #82, 2021, Monday, Aug 9: Zen

    Cardinal Joseph Zen, 89, of Hong Kong, China. We spoke together today in a video-taped round-table discussion on the liturgy organized in Italy by Italian musicologist Maestro Aurelio Porfiri

    “Even if the wounds of this shattered world enmesh you, and the sea in turmoil bears you along in but one surviving ship, it would still befit you to maintain your enthusiasm for studies unimpaired. Why should lasting values tremble if transient things fall?”—Prosper of Aquitaine (390-455 A.D.), a disciple of St. Augustine of Hippo and one of the secretaries of Pope Leo the Great (440-461 A.D.). Prosper was a layman, but threw himself with ardour into the religious controversies of the day, defending orthodoxy, particularly the doctrine of the necessity of grace against the Pelagians

    Prosper of Aquitaine wrote the lines above in the early to mid-400s in what was then the collapsing province of Gaul in the Roman Empire, soon to be overrun by the barbarian Goths, Vandals and Franks. So Prosper writes in a time when the vineyards begin to be unkept, the orchards unpruned, the stone aqueducts cracked and unrepaired, and the whole edifice of the once-glorious empire of Rome — a bit like the free countries of the West in our own time — begins slowly to slide into its colossal decline and fall… Still, Prosper continued his studies, writing in defense of the truth, as best he could…

Praise the Lord

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