Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Belated Quasimodo Sunday!

Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday where the Church throughout the world celebrates and reflects on the tremendous mercy of God shown to us through the Lord Jesus. This was initiated by John Paul 2 and based on the writings and revelations of Saint Faustina. I wrote about it here.
But it was also previously known as Quasimodo Sunday, the Sunday after Easter which completes the Octave of Easter. The scripture reading for the beginning of the Mass is from 1 Peter and encourages the new believers who entered the Church the week before on Easter: "Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite ut in eo crescatis in salutem si gustastis quoniam dulcis Dominus"
"As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation: If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet."

Victor Hugo begins his novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with the finding of a deformed infant left on the Church steps on Quasimodo Sunday, and hence his name. What has come to be thought of as a "monster's" name, is actually based on Catholic tradition. To this day, in France and other parts of what remains of Catholic Europe, the Sunday after Easter is referred to as Quasimodo Sunday remembering the new believers who entered the Church on the Easter Vigil, not the Hunchback of Notre Dame.


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