Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord,

that my name may be there forever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

2 CHR 7:16

The anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Savior and of Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in the Lateran has been observed as a feast in Roman Catholicism only since the 12th century, a time of increasing centralization of papal authority in the history of the Church. In the General Roman Calendar of the Catholic Church, 9 November is the feast of the Dedication of the (Arch)Basilica of the Lateran (Dedicatio Basilicae Lateranensis), and is referred to in older texts as the “Dedication of the Basilica of the Most Holy Savior”. In view of its role as the mother church of the world, this liturgical day is ranked worldwide as a feast.

Whenever we come to church, we must prepare our hearts to be as beautiful as we expect this church to be.

From a sermon of St Caesarius of Arles
ENCYCLICAL LETTER
FRATELLI TUTTI
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP

CHAPTER ONE

DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD

PANDEMICS AND OTHER CALAMITIES IN HISTORY

33. The world was relentlessly moving towards an economy that, thanks to technological progress, sought to reduce “human costs”; there were those who would have had us believe that freedom of the market was sufficient to keep everything secure. Yet the brutal and unforeseen blow of this uncontrolled pandemic forced us to recover our concern for human beings, for everyone, rather than for the benefit of a few. Today we can recognize that “we fed ourselves on dreams of splendour and grandeur, and ended up consuming distraction, insularity and solitude. We gorged ourselves on networking, and lost the taste of fraternity. We looked for quick and safe results, only to find ourselves overwhelmed by impatience and anxiety. Prisoners of a virtual reality, we lost the taste and flavour of the truly real”.[32] The pain, uncertainty and fear, and the realization of our own limitations, brought on by the pandemic have only made it all the more urgent that we rethink our styles of life, our relationships, the organization of our societies and, above all, the meaning of our existence.

“It appears the Gospel is forgotten”, as “The world was relentlessly moving towards an economy that, thanks to technological progress, sought to reduce ‘human costs'”, thus “making my Father’s house a marketplace”

salty (red)republicans in fear of the earth shaking tried to lay a different foundation that “would have us believe that freedom of the market was sufficient to keep everything secure”, thus “making my Father’s house a marketplace”

salty (white)independents in fear of the earth shaking tried to lay a different foundation that “‘looked for quick and safe results, only to find ourselves overwhelmed by impatience and anxiety'”, thus “making my Father’s house a marketplace”

salty (blue) democrats in fear of the earth shaking tried to lay a different foundation and became, “‘Prisoners of a virtual reality, we lost the taste and flavour of the truly real'”, thus “making my Father’s house a marketplace”

Coming together as Catholics we fear not, though the earth be shaken, believing that no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ
; therefore we cry out, “stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”, as “we rethink our styles of life, our relationships, the organization of our societies and, above all, the meaning of our existence”, thus refreshing the salt waters while we “recover our concern for human beings, for everyone, rather than for the benefit of a few.”!!!

Today’s Scriptures

…the salt waters, which it makes fresh.

EZ 47:9

R. (5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!

Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken

PS 46:3

…for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,

namely, Jesus Christ.

1 COR 3:11

“…stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”

JN 2:16

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