Our Reno Cathedral mural helps us understand our Eucharistic Heritage pt 5

On the left of our mural are the two cohenim/priests holding the Tabernacle. The two children on the right, part of the modern working class family counterbalance these two priests. Great men, powerful political and religious leaders do not hold up the tabernacle. The pious common people who live their lives every day as humble children of God hold up the Agnus Dei and the four rivers of life.

Our mural in Reno Nevada
Our mural in Reno Nevada

Working class familyInside this tabernacle was the Ten Commandments. In Mark 10:19 Jesus gives his understanding of the last six of the Ten Commandments. He combines St. Augustine’s last two from his book on the Exodus. This means Jesus’ first commandment is the same as the modern Jewish count:

Hear! you who struggle with God, the customs and correct judicial precedents I proclaim in your ear, this day, that you may learn them and guard to do them. The Personal Name, our Almighty Judge, cut a Social Contract with us at Mt. Sword; not with our fathers did the Personal Name cut this Social Contract, but with us, each of us, alive, here, this day…

I am the Personal Name your Almighty Judge, who brought you out of the land of Oppression, the house of menial labor.” You will remember your oppression, what it was like to be there, in present time; you will remember your rescue, and when you see others suffering, do something.

My rescue was from Senior Chief Theodore, (gift of God) Bronson. I very much remember what it was like to be there. I have flashbacks all the time. In our Mass, and in our Baptism, we die with Christ, and we rise with Christ. Romans 6:3-4. We remember what it was like to be there, at Jesus’ scourging, on the Via Delarosa, on the cross with Jesus, and we remember our rescue. Our Mass is based upon Passover.

How could we feel gratitude for our rescue, and then take the name of our rescuer in vain? How could we not insist on taking one day off each week to remember our rescue? We would be too busy helping our neighbor to harm him, much less kill him, take his property, abuse his spouse, or use our lips to harm him in slander. We would not abuse subordinates’ as Senior Chief Bronson did. We would not desire what is our neighbor’s, or try to defraud him.

Is this not all of the Ten Commandments? If we all did this, would we not be creating the ideal state, a republic where all live in harmony? Is this not the prime non-negotiable?

Pope Pious X counterbalances John the Baptist at the top of the mural. If we look, we notice how they both dress in clothing of gold. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “The faith as such is always the same. The Catechism of Saint Pius X always preserves its value.” Pope Pious X, speaks loudly about the Call to Catholic Action for social justice, including involvement in our government.

In IL FERMO PROPOSITO:Pope Pious X speaks strongly in favor of Catholic Action. “We take to heart the interests of the people, especially those of the working and agricultural classes by endeavoring to dry their tears, alleviate their sufferings, and to improve their economic condition by wise measures. We strive, to make public laws conformable to justice. Section 7 All these works… constitute what is known by “Catholic Action.” Section 8

All Catholics must prepare themselves prudently and seriously for political life in case they may be called. It is of the utmost importance that the same activity be extended to a suitable preparation and organization for political life. Section 19

Our Reno Cathedral mural helps us understand our Eucharistic Heritage pt 4

To our right, we see St. Clair as she holds up the Sacred Host, against the Saracen invaders. First, we notice that St. Clair is not inside, but outside of the Abbey. Second, notice the shape of the monstrance. It contains an equilateral triangle with the Blessed Host inside. It symbolizes the omnipresent and omniscient God, who watches over all things, the Trinity. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was used in Courts of Justice to remind judges of their responsibilities. It reminds us of our responsibilities, as it is under Pope Pious X, to bring justice into our world.

Behind her, we note the abbey she was defending. The left side of our mural balances this with the portrait of Ruth, grandmother of King David who holds wheat for our Sacred Host. Behind her is the tabernacle where the Hebrew people stored the Ten Words of God to balance the abbey on the right side of the mural.

Edith and Isabel next present us with church officials, “Cohen” in Hebrew, “Episcopus,” in Latin and Greek, or Bishops in English. On the right side stand St. Charles Borromeo with St. Pascal Baylon the patron of the Children’s Eucharist. St. Charles Borromeo was a leading figure during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests.

Should we not follow their example and support the education of our children and the higher education of our young adults. Should we not emphasis being Catholic, being community, over being rugged individualists, followers of the Protestant work ethic?

St. Charles Borromeo facilitated the final Council of Trent deliberations. St. Charles Borromeo took a large share in the creation of the Tridentine Catechism:

“That the faithful may approach the Sacraments with greater reverence and devotion, the Holy Synod charges all the bishops about to administer them to explain their operation and use in a way adapted to the understanding of the people…

The bishops will have these instructions carefully translated into the vulgar tongue and explained by all parish priests to their flocks . . .” It is divided into four parts: The Apostles’ Creed; The Sacraments; The Decalogue; and Prayer.

In 1564, St. Pascal Baylon joined the Reformed Franciscan Order as a lay brother. We are a Franciscan Parish, emphasizing Penance and living the Gospel life. He chose to live in poor monasteries because, he said, “I was born poor and am resolved to die in poverty and penance.”

He lived a life of poverty and prayer, even praying while working, for the rest of his life. He is noted for his devotion to the Eucharist and the patron of the Children’s Eucharist. Should we not be also?

King David at the Cathedral Words of Institution St. Clair of Assissi with host of Saracen invaders with St. Charles  BorromeoOn the left side of the altar stand leaders from the Old Testament, King David, and the prophet Nathan. Nathan is famous for telling King David the parable of the rich man who had many sheep and the poor man had only one. Nathan complained to King David about how the rich man killed the poor man’s lamb instead of taking from his own.

When King David ordered the rich man punished, Nathan complained, “But the rich man is you as you killed Uriah the Hittite so you could take his wife, Bathsheba.” We see in the placement of these two men, the importance of the rich to care for the poor, and not exploit them as we all too often see in America, in particular in states like Wisconsin and Michigan.