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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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Top Six Liturgical Quotes By Robert Cardinal Sarah
published 16 June 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

POPE FRANCIS appointed Robert Cardinal Sarah as PREFECT of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship on 23 November 2014. Statements he’s made so far :

625 Cardinal Sarah Quote Number 1 liturgical


ENGLISH (1 June 2015) letter to a liturgical conference in New York :

628 Cardinal Sarah Quote Number 2


FRENCH (3 March 2015) intervew with Aleteia :

628 Cardinal Sarah Quote Number 3


ITALIAN (12 June 2015) letter printed in L’Osservatore Romano :

628 Cardinal Sarah Quote Number 4


ENGLISH (1 June 2015) letter to a liturgical conference in New York :

628 Cardinal Sarah Quote Number 5


ITALIAN (12 June 2015) letter printed in L’Osservatore Romano :

624 Replace Number 6


Cardinal Sarah is not alone in his efforts for authentic liturgical renewal. A surprising number of prominent American bishops have publicly offered the Extraordinary Form. Moreover, consider the leading American bishops who favor the Reform of the Reform:

His Excellency, ARTHUR J. SERRATELLI • Chairman of the Committee on Divine Worship|
His Excellency, ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE • Head of Oregon Catholic Press|
His Excellency, JOSEPH E. KURTZ • President of the USA Catholic Bishops

OT LONG AFTER Pope Francis was elected, numerous articles began to appear asking the question “Is the Reform of the Reform dead?” Several of these were thoughtful and serious, resulting from prayer and sober reflection. Sadly, we also witnessed knee-jerk, sensationalist, and irresponsible articles written by those who wrongly believed the RotR was a byproduct of the personality of Benedict XVI. On the contrary—as I tried to point out—the “RENEWAL OF THE RENEWAL” (as Bishop René H. Gracida calls it) is an act of love.

Regarding my comments of 23 February:

“It is highly unlikely that Pope Francis would condemn the RotR, which Pope Benedict XVI favored.”

…Cardinal Sarah’s appointment by Pope Francis would seem to support this. On the other hand, I doubt anyone cares about my speculations. It’s all in the hands of God!