Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization…
Archive for category Liturgical Movement
Catholics were not participating in the Mass and generally had no idea what was going on…
Sometimes you uncover an old dispute simmering under the unassuming cover of a Hesburgh Library volume…
Throughout the years, friends recall that Archbishop Hayes never lost his sense of hope, even in the years when resistance to Vatican II became more evident. Pointing to a photo of his own cathedral clad in scaffolding for its renovation, he commented, “A church being renovated can look like it’s in ruins, but I will not let go of my optimism.”
The Liturgical Reform and the ‘Political’ Message of Vatican II in the Age of a Privatized and Libertarian Culture
“From a theological point of view, today it is difficult to utilize the ideas of ‘society’ in the pre–Vatican II liturgical movement because they lack the whole ecclesiological context of Vatican II, which gives the idea of the liturgy and its ‘social culture’ a different flavor. We must restore the link between liturgical reform and social justice, but this is viable only in the context of a theology that does not ignore Vatican II.” – Massimo Faggioli
The problem of secularization cannot be fixed by returning to an earlier age. Culturally, the world is a very different place than before the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Which is more significant for the liturgical experience—sacred time or sacred space?
A Benedictine monk describes how Catholic worship in Britain changed through 175 years
The search is no longer to be an authentic worshipper. Rather, it is to worship and to discover all along an authenticity that was impossible to perceive before: that I was created in the image and likeness of God to be in communion with the triune God and the created order. Not to subsist unto myself.
Instead of overt images of sentimental expression (in favor at the time), the abbey church helps us to see that light, shadow, volume and space, and the relationship of honest materials to each other are often a more intense expression of a God and of a mystery we cannot define in human terms and images.