We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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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 Thessalonians 2:15

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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