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.