- Reverent gestures that elevate the mind and senses.
- The music "of" the Mass (versus something that purports to be music that is tacked on carelessly).
- Reverent care of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
- Reverent Holy Communion: reception of the Body of Christ on the tongue while kneeling in the Presence of God.
- The freedom to choose the better part. I.e., the freedom to pray and to simply be.
- Silence that fosters listening to God.
- Beautiful prayers that shape the imagination in sublime ways.
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
Sunday, January 4, 2015
"Old School" is Cool!
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.