Sunday, July 08, 2007
Ad Deum Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam
As a young altar boy before the Second Vatican Council, I knew much of the Latin Mass by heart. We didn't mumble or slur the Latin responses. Our parish priest, Fr. Daniel J. Honan, insisted on a clear pronunciation. Fr. Honan was a fine Latinist. He was a former high school Latin teacher, and he translated books 17-22 of St. Augustine's City of God for the Catholic University of America's Fathers of the Church series. He was the first learned man of my acquaintance and an inspiration to me.