Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Where the word for 'cosmetics' comes from.

I think the world of Fr. Z!
Fr. Z has an informative post entitled Fun with Latin!  The 'makeup' of the cosmos.  See where this is going?
Mundus, a, um is an adjective for “clean, cleanly, nice, neat, elegant” and “morally pure, upright, free from sin” as in the famous phrases from the Vulgate “cor mundum crea in me Deus… create in me a pure heart O God” (Ps 50 (51):12) and, “beati mundo corde … blessed are the pure of heart” (Matthew 5:8). In the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, before the the Gospel the priest says the prayer called the Munda cor meum:
“Cleanse my heart and my lips, O Almighty God, Who cleansed the lips of the Prophet Isaiah with a burning coal. In Your gracious mercy deign so to purify me that I may worthily proclaim Your holy Gospel.”
As an aside, mundus, -i refers in the first place to “a woman’s dress or ornamentation” such as cosmetics. It is also “the universe, the world, esp. the heavens and the heavenly bodies” and thus “the earth, the inhabitants of the earth, mankind”. This is the equivalent of the Greek kosmos, whence is derived English cosmos and cosmetics. - Fr. Z

I love that!  Cosmos - cosmetics.  I never thought of that before  Thank you Fr. Z. 
I sincerely think Fr. Z is the very best Catholic blogger/writer on the internets - ever!  (He has like 43 bishops reading him and the pope!)  I check his blog 2 or 3 times a day, not just because he has interesting and informative things to say and report on, but because I can always be sure of solid Catholic content, an honest handling of news and events - frequently better reported than the news agencies, as well as entertaining features such as his lifestyle/living features on cooking and travel and priestly dress.  Of course he sometimes can annoy individuals in the manner he chooses to state certain issues and opinions, but all in all, he's a gem.  He honestly and truly promotes the Catholic faith and defends the Church untiringly.  For all of my occasional jibes and jabs (he is entertaining!), Father Z is number one in my book.
Let's all 'say a little prayer' for Fr. Z - every day.
Disclaimer:  I'm totally serious.  I'm not off or on any meds.  I'm not drunk.  I did not just come back from confession nor am I performing a penance or any specific act of charity.  I just think I should acknowledge my true feelings, and I mean that sincerely.  I also pray for Fr. Z every day.  And no, I do not wear make up.
Photo:  Cosmic Girl, Imelda Marcos checking her make up.


  1. “…I do not wear make up…”



    Even though that’s a black and white picture, sure looks like fire engine red lip stick to me.


  2. I like Father Zuhlsdor's blog, but also I find much too much censorship of readers comments.

    A blog should be like having a conversation over coffee in the Parish hall after Mass.

    Everyone is obedient to God's will, but has differing opinions about a number of subjects about the faith, and other things.

    That is the time and place to gather and express ourselves, it should be a meeting of Christians.

    Even pagans have their good gatherings.

    Are we less that them?

    When we dismiss people out of hand because of their apparent woundedness, we stunt their lives by ignoring their gifts, which are often buried in their wounds. We are all bruised reeds, whether our bruises are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength is hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak.

    With this in mind, I wish his blog was more charitable.

    As Catholic blogs go. I have noticed many blogs by girls are very Catholic minded.


  3. +JMJ+

    All these years of buying department store brands, and I never bothered to look up the origin of the word "cosmetics." (Bad Latin student!)

    PS--I've given up on Clinique. It's now Estee Lauder all the way.

  4. Totally "Imeldefic effect." LOL

  5. Ter: You like him, you really like him! Seriously, I know you really do. I'm sure Father can sometimes barely tell. Heck, none of us can tell! Where am I going with this? Oh, you failed to report that you quit wearing makeup due to your skin allergies!

    Thanks, that's all. I'm going to go drink now. Peace out!

  6. Cath - I've told him before that I like him and he did seem surprised.

    Pablo, you are reading too much into my photo. Fr. Z is very paricular about comments.

    Enbrethiel, Estee Lauder is better.

    Fr. Gary, Did you know E's aunt is friends with Mrs. Marcos?

  7. I'm a Clinique gal myself..their formulations work very well with my oily skin..plus I LUV their bonuses :)

    Incidently....it was a transvestite acquaintance of mine who introduced me to the Clinique counter..

    I thought Imelda was more of a shoe gal??


  8. Thanks be to God for the recovery of my kitty Jasmine from feline Fatty Liver Disease....

    Her liver tests today came back perfectly normal!!

    Thank you St Francis for your intercesion on behalf of my dear kitty.


  9. Sara - I'm happy for Jasmine!

    As for make-up: One thing I could never figure out is why a man would ever wear make-up. I never will be able to understand transvestites or sex-changes trying to look and dress like women.

    Mrs. Marcos was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world in her youth through her prime. She did like shoes.

  10. terry said

    "As for make-up: One thing I could never figure out is why a man would ever wear make-up.!

    Most unnecceccary comment ever made on blogger

    Pray this prayer non the less

    angel's prayer of fatima

  11. "... I never will be able to understand transvestites or sex-changes trying to look and dress like women..."

    Before women started chewing fistfuls of birth control pills while reading the book "Our Bodies, Ourselves", that sort of thing used to remain hidden, as demons rightfully should live in the dark.

    Here is a little darling child of a modernist woman wanting to be a Girl Scout:


    Should the mother be sanctioned for raising a boy as a girl?


  12. Heck Terry, I can't even figure out why a woman would want to wear make-up. A little shadow and mascara and a touch of lip gloss is more than enough. If women realized how aged they appear with foundation/powder etc covering their entire face, they'd pitch the stuff in the trash pronto.


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