AUDIO AND TEXT: Adoremus Dominum
AUDIO AND TEXT: Vatican City - Nativity Mass; Message from Pope Francis; Harvard Corporation, President Gay, and Harvard factions
Introduction (I): Mass to celebrate the nativity of Jesus and 2024 will surely arrive.
The link to the 2023 nativity mass in the Holy See with no vocal annotation is here
The mass was conducted in Latin and Italian with multiple languages. For details in your preferred language and its voice over, you can choose one from the homepage of the Holy See site. Link
(courtesy: The Holy See website; The nativity mass 2023 video)
Introduction (II): To briefly explain more about this post:
Incarnation, admiration, face [of faith]:
Francis is a pope who speaks and writes gently in plain words, in comparaison for example to Benedict XVI who was openly pedantic. But it does not mean Francis is less theological. The pope’s words at the nativity mass can be understood as cross-caring the never ceasing faith of Christians, to be incarnated, with admiration in the apparent faith over worldly powers to desire. Jesus was born in the way that the time of God can meet ours. In my view, this could be said as the core of Christian time to be properly comprehended by all the people, including diehard atheists or especially, I’d say.
The poignant center point of Christianity:
Guilt and Innocence:
It is true that Francis began his sermon with arm forces [propelled in the race of production of weapons] and the killing of innocents. Those who shouldn’t have been killed are indicated by the pope, from the massacre of all children less than 2 years old by Herod, king of the biblical Jerusalem, to that in Gaza and all wars of today in the past, to the rejection onto unborn lives in mothers’ wombs [as not to be a mere political issue]. One may want to read “Pope Francis Decries Arms Dealings and Gaza War in Christmas Message” by Francis X. Rocca, WSJ (12/25). link
No one argues against the unjustifiable killings of innocents. However, in my opinion, if there is an argumentative point on the beauty of Christianity if raised by anyone, that would be to point out the incompatibility of its beauty to the reality of the world which has been made to be complex to a brutally high level. In a cruel way to put it to abbreviate, if allowed, it seems to be too late for the whole world to renounce the weapons altogether. If there is a profond sadness from which Francis sees and expects the incarnation of hope, his lamentations reside for the most powerless prone to be stepped on to make remarks. With this regard, there might have been no change since the living time of Jesus who said to all the oppressed and the vulnerable that only Heaven is the justice for them. Otherwise today, socialism or Christian socialism in guise of divine insight would produce different sets of victims.
Not transparent Harvard; the fate of H Corporation and President:
Here is the link to the WSJ article to which I refer in my vocal segment above. Link
When imagining what divides the faculty members in Harvard to constitute factions, one may, probably, first think of differences in their academic and social stances such as whether leaning toward liberal or conservative. Politics reflects, so does in the balance of powers. Currently, Massachusetts is a state which can safely be described as very liberal or progressive. The color is thus fundamentally blue. Claudine Gay is the first non-white female president at Harvard and she is a Haitian descent. I really doubt that the Mass gov will remove the current Harvard Corporation board members by being pushed by the group of Harvard profs against Gay. On the other hand, what is the collective thought of Harvard Corporation board members in the midst of increasing allegations including onto the president whom they want to keep? According to the above-mentioned WSJ article, not everything is transparent (in my paraphrase). When asked, a board member is reported to have said they would answer only to God.
Bye for now: