Posts Tagged ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’
RIZAL’S TRAVELLING STATUETTE
by Fr. Victor Badillo, S.J.While a student at the Ateneo Municipal in Intramuros, Jose Rizal (14) made a small statue of the Sacred Heart, about nine inches in length. He carved the statuette in baticuling wood with a penknife at the request of his professor Fr Jose Leonardo S.J. Father intended to take it with him to Spain, but the domestic helper forgot to place it in his trunk. It was left behind and was taken by Rizal’s fellow students. It was placed on a shelf above the door of their study hall where it remained for twenty years.
In August 1887, Rizal (26) returned to the Philippines and stayed till early 1888. Now a liberal in matters political as well as religious, he visited his Jesuit friends at the Ateneo. On his way out, the Jesuit porter showed him the statuette. Rizal replied, “Other times, Brother, other times. I no longer believe in such things.”*
In December 1896, after Rizal (35) was sentenced to death by the Military Tribunal which had tried him for treason, he asked for some Jesuit priests to visit him. Fr Miguel Saderra Mata, S.J., Rector of the Ateneo Municipal, together with Fr. Luis Viza, S. J., went in haste to Fort Santiago to the cell where Rizal was imprisoned. They were greeted warmly by Rizal.
Rizal asked them if the statuette of the Sacred Heart which he had carved as a boy was still at the Ateneo. Fr Viza, in reply, took the statuette out of the pocket of his soutane. He had guessed rightly. Rizal would remember it at the hour of his death. Rizal took it and kissed it in his hands and placed it on the table where he would soon write the Ultimo Adios.
The statuette remained in the cell. On the night before his execution, it was to Fr Jose Vilaclara, S.J., his former Physics teacher, that Rizal made his sacramental confession and be reconciled to the Church.
The following day, 30 December, before leaving his cell to go to Bagumbayan, Rizal held the statuette to his lips for the last time. With two hands holding it close to his heart, he moved slowly to give it back to the Jesuits who were with him to the last day.
When the fire of 1932 engulfed the Ateneo, the principal concern of the Jesuits was the safety of the students. No one got hurt. Many valuable irreplaceable collections went up in smoke and presumably the statuette. The Ateneo resumed operations in Padre Faura. In 1945 the Ateneo was destroyed completely during the liberation of Manila.
Some time in 1952, when Ateneo was in the Loyola Campus, Q.C., the statue was returned, presumably by the student who saved it from the 1932 fire, and inadvertently from the 1945 fire as well.
Replicas made from ash from the bowels of the earth hurled into the sky by
After some twenty three years in the Board of Trustees room, Fr. Bienvenido
NotesRizal was condemned to death for the crime of treason. He advocated not revolution but evolution. He wished the Philippines to be independent when it was ready for it. Up to the time of his death, he thought the time had not come. For him, independence would happen like a fruit automatically falling from the tree when it was ripe.
He enrolled at the Ateneo in 1872, the year Fathers Gomez, Burgos and Zamora were garroted to death for treason. They were innocent of this crime. The event so moved Rizal that later he said, “I would have been a Jesuit, but I had vowed to do something about their death.”
Baticuling is a hard wood used in carving, which now is not easily available. Without carving tools, Rizal carved an excellent statue using just a penknife.
When did Rizal carve this statue? He enrolled at the Ateneo when he was eleven. He lived at the Ateneo as a boarder. He got an AB degree at 16 in 1977. That year, he enrolled at the Ateneo and UST, both in Intramuros and a few blocks from each other. He left the Ateneo when he was 17, certified by the Ateneo as Agrimensor (Surveyor). I guess he carved the image when he was about 14. He still had to study anatomy.
Rizal carved the statue for Fr Leonardo. Did Fr need one for himself, or did he want Rizal to develop his talent? Why did he ask Rizal to carve an image of the Sacred Heart and not of someone else, like Our Lady? Did he specify whose statue he wanted? Rizal was the Prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady.
What thoughts passed through Rizal’s mind as he carved? Did he have lectures of the Sacred Heart in mind? Did he research his subject? What did he know of the devotion to the Sacred Heart? What did his devotion, if any, to the Sacred Heart consist of? What does the actual statue say? What was the state of the devotion at the Ateneo? How did he think of carving a statue with a hole in the chest?
Fr Leonardo’s sorrow on failing to bring the statuette that he could not bring the statue with him resulted in the statuette staying in the Ateneo.
It was painful for the nameless Brother that Rizal refused to even look at his statue. Would he have a statue if the houseboy had not forgotten? Would Rizal have thought of his statue in his cell if the Brother had not brought the statue as Rizal left? Did the Brother on his own or had someone asked him to show it to Rizal? How did Rizal feel when he gently rebuffed the gesture of the Brother? Did he feel sad? Was it like meeting a girl friend he had outgrown?
On leaving his death cell, Rizal held to his heart, the statue of Jesus holding his heart against his heart.
*When Rizal received the statuette, he kissed it and placed it on the table
For I go where no slave before the oppressor bends,
At the incarnation, God emptied himself. On the cross he emptied his body
On leaving his death cell, Rizal pressed the heart of the statuette against
But now, Rizal had no need for an image. For he had with him the Risen
Rizal’s request to be shot facing the firing squad was refused. But with a heroic effort, he turned his body after he was shot and he fell face forward. To kiss Filipinas, his heart against the land.
ATENEO LATIN MASS SOCIETY
Mission and Vision
Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) is an association in Ateneo de Manila University which seeks to give greater glory to God by making the most beautiful celebration of the Roman Rite in Latin in both ordinary and extraordinary forms available to all.
To accomplish this, the ALMS shall do the following:
Foster the use of Latin in the Roman Rite as mandated by Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium
Promote both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, but with a preferential option for the extraordinary form in the Ignatian tradition of magis and excellence
Train choir groups who can perfectly sing all the chants in Liber Usualis, in obedience to the mandate of Vatican II’s Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy that the Gregorian Chant should be given pride of place in the Roman Liturgy
Train sacristan groups who knows by heart the responses and rubrics of both the ordinary and extraordinary masses in all seasons of the year.
Train Jesuit seminarians, deacons, and priests in the words, rubrics, and chants in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite
Teach the congregation how to pray the rosary in Latin and how to chant the responses in missa cantata
Provide the most exquisite vessels and vestments for any Jesuit priest who wishes to say the Latin Mass
Promote Jesuit vocations, novenas to Jesuit saints, and prayers for the souls of living and dead Jesuits.
Establish the Institute for Latin Studies for the study of the classical, medieval, and ecclessiastical Latin literature, especially those written by Jesuit saints and scholars.
Promote the use of Gothic and Romanesque church architecture for the Roman Rite.
Promote the Spirtual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Promote St. Ignatius’s Rules for Thinking, Judging, and Feeling with the Church.
Establish Latin Mass Societies in all Ateneo schools and form a worldwide Latin Mass Society of Jesuit Schools
Coordinate with the Jesuit hierarchy and Church hierarchy in promoting the use of the Latin and Gregorian chant in all Jesuit schools and in all parishes.
Promote Jesuit spirituality through the Sodality of our Lady and the Devotion to the Sacred Heart.
The Ateneo community is invited to the:
FIRST FRIDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
(Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction)
April 1, 2011
5:00 in the afternoon
FIRST FRIDAY ALUMNI MASS
April 1, 2011
6:00 in the evening
“May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised,
adored, and loved with grateful affection at every moment
in all tabernacles of the world, now and until the end of time.”
(Prayer of Reparation to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus)
Let us continue to pray and seek for God’s infinite mercy and grace
as we await for the Easter morning.
Gesu Liturgical Committee
My father and I watched the movie Skyline few Sundays ago. We came about 15 minutes late, but we made it to the Day One of the Alien Invasion. The film ran for about an hour and a half. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 14% rating, i.e. bad movie. But I disagree.
First, there are no movie stars like Tom Cruise. I think this is a positive aspect of the movie. The characters are plain and boring–just like you and me. They represent many of people we know who spend the night away in parties and orgies. A casual sex made a girl pregnant and the man is not ready to be a father. The setting is a condominium and there is no family to speak of. An old man lives alone with a dog.
And second, the story was not well told because it has a hanging ending. When the movie ended and the cast of characters went up, the people still remained in their seats, wondering if the movie has really ended. I felt cheated that the movie did not end properly unlike Independence Day–a virus was delivered and the spaceships were destroyed. Or in Transformers: the Autobots defeated the Decepticons. A glorious morning shines after a terrible storm. But this is not how it ended in Skyline: in the face of an alien invasion, the humans–with all their jet fighters and nuclear missiles–are powerless. And the thought of powerlessness lingered long hours or days for me after watching the film.
Let us turn to some theological elements in the film:
1. Captivating Light and Beatific Vision
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, as quoted by Wikipedia, beatific vision is defined as follows:
The immediate knowledge of God which the angelic spirits and the souls of the just enjoy in Heaven. It is called “vision” to distinguish it from the mediate knowledge of God which the human mind may attain in the present life. And since in beholding God face to face the created intelligence finds perfect happiness, the vision is termed “beatific.”
The light seen by the human characters in the movie may also be called beatific in the superficial sense, because they find it wonderful to see. Such a wonderful light pulls them towards the heavens, similar to what St. Paul described during the coming of Christ:
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thes 4:17)
But in the movie there was no heaven to speak of, but a deep pit of dark slime where humans are piled on top of each other. This is Sheol, the abode of the dead.
Such an alien light reminds me of the shining darkness of sin (e.g. pornography): it captivates your vision, drawing you closer to read or see more, until your soul is plunged in the darkness of sin. Not to look is difficult for the will, unless another person immediately pulls you out from the captivating light. This reminds me of the palantir of Orthanc that Pippin looked into and the Dark Lord Sauron caught hold of his mind; Pippin only recovered when he confessed his sin to Gandalf.
2. War for the human brain
The alien creatures may be classified as octopi and behemoths. Octopi creatures capable of flight. No, they do not scan for electromagnetic radiation like that in the Matrix and zoom in for the kill. Instead, they seek human and draws them out either by lure or by force. Behemoths, on the other, have nothing else to do but to crush everything in its path.
These alien creatures remind me of the modern-day headhunters: multinationals, governments, and non-government organizations. They get the best minds to join them and the persons they get became imbued with the organization’s culture and values. I am thinking countries like China, companies like Planned Parenthood, and the many organizations which promote the homosexual lobby. What the movie’s ending may be saying is that it is possible to be part of these organizations while keeping your own mind. Tyranny is terrified by the human free will and tyrants will try to keep human mind in control either by brainwashing the adults in universities or by sucking the brains of infants in partial birth abortion.
The movie ends with utter hopelessness: no US nuke missiles can destroy the alien ships. The US tried all their military hardware and software against Vietnam; US lost the war. The US also tried their military might against Iraq; the US is now recalling back its forces. The US has not learned its lesson well: a war of the mind cannot be fought with guns and nukes. The religion of peace called Islam can only be converted by the peace of Christ, the Lion from the Tribe of Judah. The Great Red Dragon that is communist Russia and China can only be defeated by the Woman Clothed With the Sun, Our Lady of Fatima. And the multi-tentacled behemoth that is Planned Parenthood can only be destroyed by She Who Crushed the Head of the Serpent, Tequaxalupeaux, Our Lady of Guadalupe whose feast we now celebrate. In the end, this is what we can be sure: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary shall triumph.
Ateneo Campus Ministry Office: Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. to talk about the Devotion to the Sacred Heart
The Loyola Schools’ Office of Campus Ministry is inviting everyone to a short
talk entitled Spirituality of the Sacred Heart: Living your Legacy. This will
be held today, September 3, 2010 4:30-5:30pm at the Gonzaga College Chapel. Our speaker for this event is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ, a renowned Jesuit theologian and recognized expert on the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Catholic devotion especially dear to the Society of Jesus. It was through St. Claude la Colombiere, a Jesuit priest, who
spiritually guided St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during the times she received
revelations from our Lord Jesus, that the devotion was spread. The Church,
recognizing the centrality of the heart of Jesus to our life and faith, later
officially tasked the Society of Jesus to propagate the devotion to the Sacred
Heart. As members of the Ateneo de Manila University community, the
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is always part of our Jesuit and Atenean identity.
We hope that this talk will not only help us find solace and consolation in the
Heart of Jesus, but also develop a deeper sense of identity and mission shared
with the Jesuits: that we are all sinners loved by the Lord and saved by the
Heart of Jesus, and called to share this same Love to everyone.
Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Secularization of Ateneo de Manila University
Last week, I was able to attend a novena mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Church of the Gesu at Ateneo de Manila University. The priest celebrating the mass is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. He is an old priest and a confessor to the late Pres. Corazon Aquino. A friend told me that when Cory died, Fr. Arevalo’s homilies for several days was about Cory Aquino.
Fr. Arevalo is a familiar face to me. He was also the one who celebrated a novena mass last year for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I think this devotion is very dear to him and I think he will spend the last of his days propagating this devotion.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is distinctively Jesuit devotion, because the confessor of the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–1690) is the Fr. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J., who made a consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and directed her to write an account of the apparition of our Lord to her. On May 15, 2006, also Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, on the 50th Anniversary of the encyclical Haurietis Aquas, about the Sacred Heart, by Pope Pius XII. In his letter to Father Kolvenbach, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the importance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Wikipedia). And the pope blessed the Jesuits:
“As I express the wish that the 50th anniversary will give rise to an ever more fervent response to love of the Heart of Christ in numerous hearts, I impart a special Apostolic Blessing to you, Most Reverend Father, and to all the Religious of the Society of Jesus, who are still very active in promoting this fundamental devotion.”
In his homily, Fr. Arevalo spoke some length about this letter by the Holy Father to the Jesuit Superior General. Then Fr. Arevalo mentioned that there are some teachers in Ateneo de Manila University who taught that the Vatican II already removed these devotions. This is not true, Fr. Arevalo said. Vatican II only wishes to extend the work of salvation to the social order, but this does not mean we abolish the individual devotions.
Fr. Arevalo planned to lead the consecration to the Sacred Heart in the middle of the mass. But when he found that the pamphlets were not given out, he decided to make the consecration at the end of the mass. And Fr. Arevalo spoke against the growing secularization of the Ateneo de Manila University, which he said cannot anymore efficiently organize a novena to the Sacred Heart.
I think there were about thirty people who attended the 6 p.m. novena mass that day. I was not able to attend the novena mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart because our departmental meeting stretched from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Fr. Arevalo should have been the presiding priest that day.
The Ateneo community is invited to the
NOVENA MASSES IN HONOR OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.
Masses will be offered at the
Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Church of the Gesu,
from June 2 to June 10, 2010,
at 6:00 in the evening.
“Through Thy Wounded Heart, dearest Lord,
pierce my heart so deeply with the dart of Thy love
that it may no longer be able to contain earthly things
but may be governed by the action of Thy Divinity alone.”
(St. Gertrude the Great)
Gesu Liturgical Committee
Outside the Ateneo Art Gallery, perched on the second floor is a statue of an alien: a nude female Gollum with bald head, large eyes, and four breasts. It is colored gray but the paint drips to the white rock where it stands–if rock it was–more like four rounded breasts lumped together. It is grinning with malice. (picture here)
The artist is Jan Leeroy New who recently won the Ateneo Art Awards:
Three young artists were declared winners of the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards: The Next Wave during a well-attended ceremony at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Plaza on Shaw Boulevard on August 13, 2009.
Now on its seventh year the Ateneo Art Awards has positioned itself as one of the most prestigious art prizes in the Philippine contemporary art scene. The three winners, who bested nine other finalists, are:
• Kiri Dalena for her exhibit Keeping the Faith at the Lopez Memorial Museum,
• Jan Leeroy New for Terratoma II (War of the Worlds) exhibited at Singapore Biennale 2008, Singapore City Hall, and
• Patricia Eustaquio for Death to the Major Viva Minor exhibited at Slab.
(Ateneo de Manila University website)
According to Philippine Star, “Jan Leeroy New’s sculptures are intergalactic aliens taking over the world, transforming sci-fi mythology into the here and now, welcoming us Earthlings into our own land, with our buildings, icons and landscapes made eerie and hyperreal.”
I found Leeroy New’s multiply site. I saw the pictures of the sculptures. Under the veneer of science fiction, it is the Catholic Faith they mock.
Take for example, the album “Santo-santohan” . In Filipino, a doubling of the word sometimes mean an imitation or a play of the real thing. Example, bahay-bahayan is to make a little house and pretend you are a mother cooking. So Santo-santohan is a play on holy things.
- Santo Nino is undressed. The globe he is holding is gone. (Copy of santo nino.jpg)
- Christ is a nude female in cruciform position. His legs are pink. (christ figure front.jpg)
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a black man with red heart. (black heart1.jpg)
- A martyr is a smiling chopped-off head (Martyr1.jpg)
The album “Relief Works” has more parodies of the Sacred Heart.
There is also another album named “Santo-Santohan“:
- The Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration chapel melts like candy. The adorers are rolling heads (boston exhibit1.jpg)
- Three figures of Mary stepping on the snake on a globe. Mary is nude with breasts down to her legs. (tresmarias.jpg)
In the album “Tampo+Lapuk” has some pictures of saints:
- A bishop saint has no arms and head. In place of its head is his gnarled mitre. (santos.jpg)
- An antique statue of a bishop. The wood is rotting. (santos2.jpg)
These sculptures are not Catholic and they mock the Catholic Faith. These art works should not be shown in a Catholic university such as the Ateneo de Manila University and even honored as work of art. True art creates and edifies. False art mocks. Sam once asked Frodo: “Don’t orcs eat, and don’t they drink? Or do they just live on foul air and poison?” And Frodo replied:
No, they eat and drink, Sam. The Shadow that bred them can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own. Idon’t think it gave life to the orcs, it only ruined them and twisted them; and if they are to life at all, they have to live like other living creatures. Foul waters and foul meats they’ll take, if they can get no better, but not poison. They’ve fed me, and so I’m better off than you. (Return of the King p. 201)
Rev. Leo A. Collum, S.J. on the Consecration of the Philippines to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Pres. Ramon Magsaysay in 1956
During the ceremonies of the Second Eucharistic Congress held in the Philippines on Dec 2, 1956 in the Philippines, against the protest of several non-Catholic groups, President Magsaysay read an act consecrating the Philippines to the Sacred Heart. The non-Catholic groups contended that it violated the principle of “Separation of Church and State,” and that the president, who is a political leader, should not consecrate the whole Philippines in a Catholic ceremony using an exclusive Catholic formula. Dr. Gumersindo Garcia, in his objection said, “In accordance with the principle of separation of Church and State, the president of this country should not give any special preference or favor to any particular Church.” In reply, Rev. Leo Cullum of the Ateneo de Manila said that the basic principle of Church-State relation is that the government may not establish a Church, i.e. sect or give preference to one religion over another and what is corollary of this, may not prevent or hinder the exercise of any religion. The principle, however, does not say that the Church is deprived of a de facto preference it enjoys by the presence of its members in high positions who thus reflect prestige upon it. In this respect, President Magsaysay did not act as President in his official capacity but as a Catholic layman who was prominent because he was President and is therefore a natural leader and spokesman for his fellow Catholics.
The consecration could be done by anybody, and that in this case, the one chosen to lead the religious rite is the President who would therefore be acting in his capacity as an individual Catholic without committing the State in which he leads. The right of the individual Catholic to the external manifestation of his love for God, invoking such impressive things as constitutional tradition and fundamental democracy and in questioning the extent to which an individual may publicly display his love to God can hardly be disputed. It is tradition which allows us whether in public office or not to display to the world our love for God.
Jorge Rioflorido Coquia, Church and State Law and Relations, 4th ed., p. 82