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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ad orientem worship: additional tidbits from around the web.

Historical Perspectives
Implementing Ad Orientem in Your Parish
Fr. Blake on the Nature of the Mass
Explaining Ad Orientem and Other Vital Aspects of the Nature of the Mass
Correcting Misperceptions
https://www.romancatholicman.com/fr-george-rutler-ad-orientem/
"One change, never mentioned by Vatican II, was having the priest as a 'presider' face the people all through the Mass. It came at a time when people were increasingly preoccupied with themselves, and it encouraged a psychology of self-absorption. The venerable 'ad orientem' posture of the priest, always kept in the Eastern rites, is not a matter of turning his back to the people. Rather, the priest faces East to direct the faithful’s attention away from himself and toward the horizon symbolizing the Resurrection."

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