Sunday, March 2, 2008

Solemnity: The Crux of the Matter

Dr. Peter A. Kwasniewski pens an interesting and reflective piece in the Winter 2008 issue of The Latin Mass magazine titled Solemnity: The Crux of the Matter where he discusses how tradition within the liturgy aides in maintaining this very necessary quality within our worship to the Lord. He writes:

In many instances, liturgical celebrations are no longer intensely focused on God and spiritual realities--Angels and Saints, grace, sin, Heaven, hell. Adherence to spiritual truth is a martyrdom for the carnal ego: if one truly believes in the transcendent truths of the Faith, one must crucify the "flesh," which in this case means fallen man's tendency to cheapen, neglect, forget, or treat lightly the dogmas and rituals of the faith. Every phrase of the traditional Mass is worth dying for, because every phrase brings to us (and brings us to) Christ the Lord. The moment one looks upon it as a merely human construct to be tinkered with, to be socially engineered, one has abandoned the martyrial stance toward tradition and truth that has marked all the saints of our holy Church. Can you for a moment imagine Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis de Sales or Saint Pio of Pietrelcina tinkering with the text of the Mass, or sitting down to a committee meeting that has on its agenda the creation of new Eucharistic prayers? (As the saying goes: "God so loved the world that He did not send a committee.") The saints accepted with grateful hearts what was handed down to them and used it to sanctify their lives. They were ready to explain and defend the prayers and practices of their ancestors, even if it meant enduring torture and death at the hands of infidels or heretics.
Much more to ponder in the entire article. Give it read.