Thursday, 21 February 2013

Levavi



Levavi was born the youngest of three sons to a wealthy Russian Jewish family of good standing in the community and a lineage connected directly to the famous Rabbi "The Vilnius Gaon" in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1912. Levavi's mother fled with him and his brother to Danzig on the eve of the Russian revolution. Orphaned of both parents Levavi's education and were taken care of by his older brother Fima Leibman. He completed his studies in philosophy, mathematics and physics at the universities of Heidelberg and Danzig in 1930. After graduating he emigrated from Germany to Palestine, where in 1932 he received his Master of Arts in Philosophy, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He worked as a contributing writer for the daily newspaper Davar in Palestine, until he was sent to Germany on a mission on behalf of the HeHalutz Movement (1936–1938). When he came back to Palestine in 1938 he became involved in integrating and coordinating various Zionist and political movements until the formation of the state of Israel.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Levavi

Ad to levavi animam meam, Deus meus, to confido, non erubescam. Neque irrideant me inimici May etenim universities to exspectant qui non confundentur. Vias Tuas, Domine, demonstrative mihi: et semitas tuas edoce me.

To Thee I have lifted my soul, my God, in You I trust, I will not be ashamed. Let my enemies mock me, because whoever you expected, do not be disappointed.
Lead me, Lord, Your ways and teach me Your paths know.

Monday, 7 July 2008

The Petty Petition


I didn't start this blog to bewail any calls for women in the Catholic Priesthood! Honest! But my fourth post was precipitated by hearing of a petition calling for it and (having once been an Anglican) my hackles were raised. After all, I left the Anglican "church" once I saw the beauty of true Catholic Church - I thought I was escaping any such controversies. (More on this subject later...)

I'm going to lay this to bed now and trust in the Holy Spirit to guide the Church, as she has done for many centuries. To finish, I thought I'd post the text of Hilariter's response to this petition, which seems to expound my gut reaction expertly.

(For Hilariter's recent additions and elaborations on his contra dicta, please click here.)

Dear petitioners

As a Catholic priest ordained 15 years ago and now doing further studies in Rome I would like to:

1. Affirm my wholehearted support for the ancient practice of celibacy for the presbyterate in the life of the Church

2. Affirm my wholehearted support for the maintenance of clerical celibacy as a necessary sign to the world of the priority of the Kingdom of God and the call of Jesus, of love for Him and for His Church over other earthly ties

3. Affirm my support for celibacy not just as a discipline but as a practice grounded in the example of the Lord Himself, as a way of life that expresses the heart of the priesthood as a complete self-giving for the Church, as Christ gave Himself totally for His one bride - and so affirm that there are good doctrinal and theological reasons for this practice

4. Affirm my wholehearted assent for the Church's definitive teaching concerning the reservation of the sacrament of Holy Orders to men alone

5. Affirm my wholehearted assent to all of the Church's teachings, not as "Vatican policies", but as the teachings of Jesus Christ who gave His teaching authority to the Church's Magisterium

6. Affirm my prayers for those who have left the priesthood to get married, but my disagreement that they should be allowed back to active priestly ministry still married - such a move would be discouraging to those who have tried to maintain the promises they made at ordination and is a sign of a lack of respect to them

7. Deprecate this petition as an attempt to further the culture of dissent in the Church, a dissent whose real nature is a refusal to believe and so is opposed to the full act of faith, and so will do no good but will serve to encourage division in the Body of Christ

8. Acknowledge that there is indeed a crisis in the life of the Catholic Church, but this has been caused by dissent from the teachings of the Church, a lack of thorough Catholic catechesis, a lack of holiness and prayer in the life of the Church, an unwillingness to evangelise culture with the fullness of the Catholic Faith and a growing antagonistic secularism in the world which dissent actually promotes.

Yours in the Faith

Fr David B Barrett

Casa Santa Maria
Via dell'Umilta 30
00187 Rome
Italy

Friday, 20 June 2008

Women and the priesthood


Following my panic the other day when I saw the preposterous Patten-petition, I am heartened to hear from so many people who share my (and the Pope's) views on the subject of the ordination of women.

In fact, I am starting to see the lighter side, after I found the above picture on the Catholic Londoner blog! How brilliant!

After all, this is why I decided to apply for joint citizenship with the UK and the Blogosphere: first, I wanted to let off steam without always getting into an argument! and secondly, I wanted to test whether I am loony by seeing if anyone else in the world shares my opinions. And I'm pleased to see I am not alone.

So, I now feel all warm inside. Like I've eaten a Yorkie bar...