So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, August 22, 2014

Retreat Into The Past to Move Forward

By 'retreat' think 'withdraw to a quiet or secluded place'. Not some imaginary place of mythical enchantment and purple butterflies. Rather, a place where clarity of thought and confident faith reside. That 'place' is a lodging within the memory of the Church, the wisdom of the saints and, first and foremost, divine revelation.

The truth of the Liturgy can be found there in that place. Another name for that place is Tradition.
Latin traditionem (nominative traditio) "delivery, surrender, a handing down, a giving up," noun of action from past participle stem of tradere "deliver, hand over," from trans- "over" +dare "to give".
Only in receiving what has been given to us by God through His Son and His saints are we able to remain faithful and move forward in renewal. Renewal without real respect for roots is merely revolution and rebellion, neither of which tend to end well.

Return to Tradition, reception of Tradition, respect for Tradition = real renewal.
Rejection of Tradition, revision of Tradition, revulsion at Tradition = rebellion.

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