The Society for Catholic Liturgy (SCL) gathered for its 2014 conference in Colorado Springs last weekend. Those in attendance were joined by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska who delivered the keynote address. “The work you’re doing is essential to the formation of Christian culture. The Church needs you … the work of evangelization is too important,” he said to the pastors and scholars in attendance Oct. 2 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Conley focused his remarks on the tension caused by what he considers increased secularism in society and the opportunity for liturgy to counteract that trend, especially at the parish level.
Beautiful liturgy glorifies God, and awakens a natural human desire for beauty. Music and art and architecture draw men to the transcendent, and to the mystery of the beautiful Trinity. Most people will know the Mass through their experiences at their local parish. These are places where transformation of the sacred liturgy can bear tremendous fruit.
The Catholic News Agency has a full report from the SCL conference and Conley’s address, available here.