Dear Sir Abbot,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome your departure. Not that I'm happy you left the Notre Dame du Lys chapel, but because I am happy to have met you and that you keep your priesthood by example as the priest Benedict XVI.
Here, for the feast of the Holy Trinity, you celebrated your last Mass according to the extraordinary rite in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. In this small chapel pious, you arrived in 2009 when the diocese of Paris began to take responsibility for the chapel and to appoint priests in his service. And then you had already been ordained a priest for almost ten years, you have learned to celebrate the Mass according to the Missal 1962 ! Humbling ! You're cast in the mold of the bi-millennium form. To meet the demands of your superiors, but also to that of a group of faithful irreducible lovers of the extraordinary rite.
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The links between ancient Greek philosophy and Christianity are many. The most famous of the Greek precepts : Gnothi Seauton, " Know thyself ", registered at Delphi retains a certain mystery. Another piece of sentence we stayed : " But not too much "… Know thyself… But not too much ! Plato leads Socrates to think about the Delphic formula Philèbe :
Socrates - It is basically a kind of vice which takes its name from a particular habit, and this part of the vice in general is contrary to that recommended the inclusion of Delphi.
Protarchus - This is the precept : know thyself, you speak, Socrates ?
Socrates - Yes, and the opposite of this precept, in the registration of the Language, would not know at all.
"Know thyself" to improve you, to erase in you what bothers to your development. Do not know is already a challenge to Socrates. " But not too much ", because man believes so easily that it is much more, Son of Adam, man is the plaything of his presumption. "But not too much" in order not to make you a god.
This is one of the foundations of Greek culture, the idea of knowing, the idea of wisdom, advanced in wisdom, but also the feeling that too much digging surprises can arise, and not necessarily good. The Greeks were very aware of human weaknesses, its shortcomings. The Greeks are even, with Christians, those who most emphasized the possibility of human weakness, this is also what makes us so close. The weakness of man is expressed in their gospels, the tragedies. Pity and terror are the two pillars. Know thyself… but not too much.
This is a beautiful emotion that all assistance faithful of Our Lady of the Lily has felt this morning at Mass 11:15. A delegation of Iraqi Christians in Baghdad were present and an Iraqi priest was simple and touching words to witness the massacre last October in the Baghdad cathedral. The recall of facts by one of the witnesses of the carnage carried the meeting for a few seconds in deep meditation. These young Iraqis followed the extraordinary rite of Mass with fervor and devotion. The beautiful sermon of Father Charles Fazilleau was translated into Arabic so that Iraqis can learn the lessons of this Passion Sunday.
At the exit of the chapel, the smiles and handshakes exchanged with these young men of the East as already proven in their faith have been an emotional time and joyful. Well beyond the language barrier, infinite joy shone in looks. The joy of being alive in Christ.