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, February 10, 2017

Beauty is as beauty does. Support for "rigid" Catholics.

When someone calls you rigid, or implies that you are a "pharisee" because of your appreciation of the rubrics or liturgical norms (which protect the integrity of the Mass!), and attack you because of your appreciation of liturgical beauty which is manifest in and through truly sacred music and deferential behaviour toward God and the Sacrifice of the Mass that Jesus died to give us, remind your accusers that beauty is as beauty does.

A true lover of liturgy, which is to say someone truly in love with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, is someone who behaves lovingly, affirms beauty and invites others to discover the goodness of beautiful worship, beautiful music, beautiful art—all of which points to God and is inspired by God.
Art is by definition something that is beautiful. Otherwise, it wouldn't be art. Something that pretends to be art, i.e., something of low artistic merit, might be called, as a philosophy professor of mine once termed it, "gart". Gart is "bad art".
Those who condemn Catholics who love the Tradition of the Apostles, that is, Catholics who strive to live fully the Gospel and ask Jesus for His grace to continually repent and the grace to live fully the Gospel, let those who condemn you hear their limp complaints by keeping a respectful silence. When they are finished grinding away at your faithful witness to truth, goodness and beauty, offer them an invitation to embrace the truth of beauty. Offer them an opportunity to discover the beauty of holiness.
CCC 460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature": "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God." "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God." "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."
2 Pt 1:4
St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 19, 1: PG 7/1, 939.
St. Athanasius, De inc. 54, 3: PG 25, 192B.
St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc. 57, 1-4.
With the eyes of faith, one sees—beyond the shock and horror of crucifixion—that none is as beautiful as the crucified Christ. His supreme redeeming love for us is the most beautiful gift ever given to man. Can we not offer to God our best and most beautiful (hearts configured to grace and love; and beautiful creations) as a symbol of our love and devotion and gratitude, our willingness to use the gifts God has given us to lead others to the One Who, being the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty and grace, embraces all who join Him in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2)?

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