"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land." Ezekiel 22:30

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dead Language?

Saw this story on Fr. Z's blog a couple weeks ago and thought it was too cool not to share.

Mars images to go on social media feeds in Latin
Pictures of the surface of Mars, taken from Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), are to be captioned in Latin on social media outlets as part of an outreach project.
The Latin captions will be published from 28 August on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.
The photography project is known as HiRise (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) and has run since 2006.

The Latin translations are being done by 18 volunteers coordinated in the UK.

"We were inspired by the Pope's Latin feed," HiRise spokesman Ari Espinoza from the University of Arizona told the BBC.

The then Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet in the ancient language at the beginning of the year and also used Latin in his resignation speech.

"Some of the science greats - [Johannes] Kepler, [Isaac] Newton wrote in Latin - this is a tie to the past but we're looking at the future," Mr Espinoza added. [my emphasis added]

Read more here.

I'm not a scientifically-minded person, so I'm not too excited about that part of it. Nor am I a Latin scholar. But the line I emphasized above sums up what I believe about the importance of Latin in the Catholic Church, and especially the liturgy. No surprise that it applies to science as well.

Why do many young people desire the Tridentine Mass? Not because it's "old." Quite the opposite. It is because in the Tridentine rite there is a tie to the past. It is the same Mass attended by centuries of saints past, and will be attended by saints now and in the future. In many ways, it truly is timeless.

Scientists get it. Why don't so many Catholics?

And finally, I have to share this...




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