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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

More on Ad Orientem worship!

H/T NLM

It's been a great week for dialogue about Cardinal Sarah's acknowledgement that ad orientem worship is, indeed, the Catholic way of worship. If the nearly two millennia old witness of the Church means anything to anyone, ad orientem worship is the way God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Check out the following links for additional commentary.
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/carstens/whats-behind-cardinal-sarahs-ad-orientem-call/
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-sarah-how-to-put-god-back-at-the-center-of-the-liturgy/
If ad orientem worship is to return as the norm, we must pray for our bishops and priests to be open to leading the change. Blogs, institutes, conferences, Catholic media, seminaries, colleges, parish study groups—all have a role in furthering the discussion that will lead to a return to ad orientem worship.

And, let us not forget that the more we water the roots, that is, the more information the person in the pew has access to in the form of informed conversations, print material, homilies on the subject and priests celebrating Mass ad orientem—perhaps beginning once a month then on the Sundays of Lent at one parish Sunday Mass, or perhaps daily Masses prayed ad orientem—the sooner and better priests and bishops can proceed with the cooperation of their flocks.

The sooner the person in the pew is helped to understand that ad orientem worship is the worship preserved and promoted in the documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, the sooner Masses will become, among other things, a home for vocations. Furthermore, rightly ordered worship is essential to the right ordering of the family and the parish and the individual and society to God.

In contrast to the flashy sociological attempts to schmooze people into practicing the Faith, ad orientem worship is a God-offered solution to the current crisis of faith.

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