Peace among men cannot come from hearts that are not at peace. Peace of soul is something only God can give us, and without it, we are lost.
The unification of our lives, the orientation to the ultimate goal that gives meaning to every proximate and particular goal we seek, is the work of the sacred liturgy.
Vatican II presents a mystical, contemplative, symbolic vision of liturgy, the celebration of which John Paul II said “must be characterized by a profound sense of the sacred.” Is it what you experience at your local parish?
Those who take away the density of ritual and the solemn beauty of the ineffable will not gain more worshipers; they will merely give them more reasons to go away and find something more interesting to do.
Music history textbooks often speak of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis as no more than a purely artistic statement, when in reality it is a testimony to his deep, if idiosyncratic, Catholic faith.
Could there be room for legitimate changes to the Missal of 1962, the last typical edition of the traditional Roman Rite of Mass or the “extraordinary form”?
Looking at the structure and flow of the liturgical action, the Prayer of the Faithful marks a most awkward caesura in the liturgical action. We would be better off without them.
The Church’s liturgy, since it is the Passover Feast, has to bring us out of the world, out of Egypt. So it ought to have a certain “strangeness” about it.
The papal teaching addresses precisely the question of criteria; it does not attempt to teach people how to listen to music or how to discriminate different qualities of music. If such discriminatory abilities are lacking, the papal teaching can have no meaning for us.
The spiritual maturity of the Christian is very much connected with habituation in the nobility of the fine arts.
The longer the hermeneutic of rupture and its expressions are allowed to continue, the longer a “Great Schism” between the preconciliar and postconciliar periods will be perpetuated. There is a real, pressing, desperate need for healing, reconciliation, and reunification.
The Church is not built up and strengthened when her pastors ignore her conciliar teaching, repudiate her tradition, violate her rubrics and instructions, and merrily accept the status quo in all its mediocrity.
Truly it would not be presumptuous to say that, in a liturgy completely centered on God, we can see, in its rituals and chant, an image of eternity.
The increasingly obvious failure of contemporary church music should occasion a more widespread rejection of piano and guitar as accompanying or interluding instruments.
Some people say that today’s popular music is “more emotional” while traditional music is “less emotional.” In reality, emotions evoked in popular music are more crude and monotonous. Emotions elicited by the music of Palestrina, Bach, or Mozart, being more intellectual, are more profound and pure.
The permission to receive Holy Communion in the hand is a dangerous aberration that must be rescinded if the Church is to achieve spiritual health again.
For the Year of Faith in which we recall the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it behooves us to reflect on what the Council actually asked for, and why a return to Tradition will prove, in the long run, more faithful to the Council’s original inspiration and intentions.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum has inaugurated the liturgical renewal the Council attempted.
The irony is that the internet has become a major tool for the success of this movement of restoration ― the restoration of a liturgical tradition that long predates the technology of the printing press, let alone any electric or electronic machinery.
The pro-life mentality echoes and imitates the good angels who chose eternal life by the power of sanctifying grace . . .
When we give Catholics more to take pride in and take possession of, we are surprised to find that they rise to the challenge and glory in the result.
There is a problem that continues to slow down the pace of genuine reform and renewal in the Church, and that is the predominance of conservatism.
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, pray for us!
A Bible passage that has always struck me very forcefully . . .
Peter has held posts with the International Theological Institute in Austria . . .