Sunday, 16 August 2015

Anamnesis 2.1 April–July

The first issue of the Anamnesis was born on 16 April 2014. According to its digital imprint, the birth occurred 26 minutes past noon. As all happy and haphazard enterprises go, the first four-pager was not stirring and was riddled with imperfections that doubtless persisted even to the last issue of its first year.
Anamnesis 2.1 (April–July)

One might notice it announced itself as a bimonthly, occurring once every two months, but the effervescence of youth, and the natural Filipino proclivity to be wantonly engrossed in an activity in its first stages enabled its creators to believe stretching it to twelve issues was not beyond the realm of reality.
Alas, it was difficult!
One might also have noticed that the names of the writers barely changed in each issue. In the science of heredity—thanks to Dom Gregor Johann Mendel!—frequent inbreeding eventually causes genetic collapse, when an ancestor appears multiple times in the pedigree of a person. The gene pool shrinks, inviting a myriad of diseases that only weakens the species.
How this translates to our situation is simple: When there is no diversity of opinion, intellectual collapse impends.
Diversity of opinion does not encompass diversity in terms of views opposing to the point of disrespecting the doctrines of Holy Mother Church. No! This lifetime will never see us provide a platform for our avowed enemies to air their advocacies here—they have the entire institution of sloppy journalism to accomplish that. We only mean we will attempt to include authorships far superior and diffused than ours. And in order to do that, we have to allot more time to digest our ideas, and more space to accommodate said ideas.
Such goal requires us to reinvent our instrument. This Jubilee Year of Mercy will witness the Anamnesis as it ceases as a monthly newsletter durante unico tantum anno. It emerges as a quarterly, and remains durante ipso anno as such, with a significantly greater number of pages compared to its customary dozen.
We do not promise to live to the expectation of our readership, if we have any at all, as we only hear very little from them. As attempts at omniscience by a human being border on pretence, we shall endeavour to produce what we determine to be our best.
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Most of the sections in the previous format of this organ remain here. The vaster space available for the selections we have come to accept as readworthy required us to graft new sections to the older ones. Of note is Pastoral letters, where we hope to publish an English translation of pastoral letters issued by the bishops and archbishops of this blessed archipelago from the time of the D. Domingo de Salazar until at least the time of Cardinal Rufino Santos, when the language of the Philippine Church was distinctly Spanish.
Since we are of the opinion that throwing away Spanish invites ignorance of our ecclesiastic patrimony, we have left a space for it in Frailuno y quijotil. And if you are not the kind of person that is easily teased by vocabulary quizzes, please make it a point to avoid Tongue traditions (they can be boring) after reading Footnote to thought.
We have a very important announcement on page 7. Please read it.
Yes, in case we forget it: We have a very important announcement on page 7.
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This first issue covers the first regions of the Easter cycle, whose principal focus is the Mystery of Redemption. As the season of Lent began on 1 February this year, this issue begins with the Sacred Triduum, the most sacred days of the liturgical year, setting off the rest of the events of the calendar. After the Resurrection comes the Ascension, and after the Ascension comes Pentecost. Just as the computation of the Gregorian calendar hinges of the date of Easter, so does our salvation hinge on the Resurrection, which our enemies attempt to disprove from the point of view of history, dragging to view any absence of factual evidence they perceive worthy of our trouble.
Faith truly is a gift from God. Anyone who banishes or loses such a gift also banishes or loses the humility of his intellect. There is no greater and more appropriate proof of our Lord’s Resurrection than His very empty tomb. Our Lord, having vanquished death, now laid waste upon its realm, despoiling the prison it saw fit to contain His blessed Body, breaking out of its earthly confines, leaving it, in the end, emptier than ever before.
The empty monumento teaches us this very lesson.
Christós anésti! Alithós anésti! 
Sunday IV after Pentecost, 21 June 2015.
Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.