Following up on Timothy’s report from the Southwest Liturgical Conference, Paul Turner has posted up his talk from the conference (PDF) on the role of catechesis in preparing for the reception of new texts. It’s a nice little review of the development of EP II, and he highlights three particular words and phrases that will require more catechesis before and after their first use: “merit,” “many,” and “dewfall.” After reading this, I’m (cautiously) hopeful and more encouraged to keep catechizing on what is good in our liturgical texts and to keep pointing out where we need strengthening and healing.
This part of his concluding paragraph is one to remember:
So, let me just warn you about the power of prayer: you can study the words of a prayer, critique the words, teach the words and say the words, but if you’re not looking you may miss out on something more important than all these things: those words are studying you, they are learning you, teaching you and forming you. They will put you to work; they will send you out on mission.