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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Apostolic Exhortation, Pt. 4

This covers paragraphs 20-22 of the Apostolic Exhortation. Please read my "introduction" to this effort if you haven't done so already. (Be patient, not only is the translation from Latin a bit rough, but also formatting in Blogger is a pain in's my croix du jour to bear, let's just say.) The stuff I find to be incorrect will be stricken out, what I consider the best (or most approximate) translation will be in bold. If there is something that isn't in the text to be translated, but which adds sense, I put it in [brackets]. Sometimes a translated word or phrase needs a little extra help in making itself clearer, so in put any such clarification(s) [italicized in brackets]. I haven't made any comments yet, and I know that I have been VERY nitpicky in the translatin' so that anyone with a better sense of these things than I can piece together something, meaningwise, which might not have been apparent to me.

II. The Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Their intrinsic relationship

20. The Synod Fathers rightly stated affirmed with merit [i.e. correctly so, rightfully so] that a love for the Eucharist leads to a growing appreciation of appreciating more and more the sacrament of Reconciliation. (54) Given the connection between these sacraments, an authentic catechesis on the meaning of the Eucharist must include the call to pursue the path of penance cannot be separated from the penitential path [i.e. way, road] (cf. 1 Cor 11:27-29). We know that the faithful are surrounded by a culture that tends in our age the faithful are immersed in a culture that seeks to eliminate erase the sense of sin (55) and to promote a superficial approach that overlooks allows the forgetting of the need to be in a state of grace in order to approach sacramental communion worthily. (56) The loss of a consciousness of sin always entails a certain superficiality in the understanding of God's love. Bringing It is of great help to the faithful to bring out the elements within the rite of Mass that express consciousness of personal sin and, at the same time, of God's mercy , can prove most helpful to the faithful.(57) Furthermore, the relationship between the Eucharist and the sacrament of Reconciliation reminds us that sin is never a purely individual affair something exclusively individual; it always damages the ecclesial communion that we have entered into which we are [i.e, have been] inserted through Baptism. For this reason, Reconciliation, as the Fathers of the Church would say, is laboriosus quidam baptismus; (58) they thus emphasized underscoring that the outcome of the process of conversion is also the restoration of full ecclesial communion, expressed in a return to the Eucharist. (59)

Some pastoral concerns

21. The Synod recalled that the Bishops have has the pastoral duty of promoting within their his own Dioceses a reinvigorated catechesis on the a firm rediscovery of the pedagogy [i.e. teaching] of that conversion born of the Eucharist, and of encouraging fostering frequent confession among the faithful. All priests should ought dedicate themselves with generosity, commitment and competency to administering the sacrament of Reconciliation. (60) In this regard, it is important must be made sure that the confessionals in our churches should ought to be clearly visible, and be expressions of the importance significance of this sacrament. I ask pastors to be attentively vigilant with regard to the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation, and to limit the practice praxis of general absolution exclusively to the cases permitted [already] foreseen [i.e. having been previously approved], (61) since given that individual absolution is the only form intended for ordinary use. (62) Given the Facing this need to rediscover sacramental forgiveness, there ought to always be a Penitentiary in every Diocese. (63) Finally, a balanced and sound practice profound praxis on of gaining indulgences, whether for oneself or for the dead, can be helpful a valid aid for a renewed appreciation of new take [i.e. perspective, view, outlook] of conscience on the relationship between the Eucharist and Reconciliation. By this means of the indulgence the faithful obtain "remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven" is obtained.(64) The use The recourse of indulgences helps us to understand comprehend that by our efforts strength alone we would be incapable of making cannot make reparation for the wrong we have done, and that the sins of each individual harm the whole community. Furthermore, the practice of indulgences, which involves not only the doctrine of Christ's infinite merits, but also that of the communion of the saints, reminds teaches us "how closely we are united to each other in Christ ... and how the supernatural life of each can help others." (65) Since the conditions for gaining an indulgence include going to approaching confession and receiving sacramental communion, this practice can effectively sustain be an effective help to the faithful on their journey of conversion and in rediscovering the centrality central character of the Eucharist in the Christian life.