Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"when man's words, his thoughts, his intentions are suffocating him"

"What we previously knew only in theory has become for us a practical experience:  the Church stands and falls with the Liturgy.  When the adoration of the divine Trinity declines, when the faith no longer appears in its fullness in the Liturgy of the Church, when man's words, his thoughts, his intentions are suffocating him, then faith will have lost the place where it is expressed and where it dwells.  For that reason, the true celebration of the Sacred Liturgy is the centre of any renewal of the Church whatever."

     Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, as quoted by Alcuin Reid in "Liturgy and laity," a review of Una voce:  the history of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, by Leo Darroch, First things no. 285 (August/September 2018):  63 (59-63).  Apparently this appeared first in the Preface Ratzinger contributed to Die Heilige Liturgie:  Referate Der "internationalen Theologischen Sommerakademie 1997" des Linzer Priesterkreises in Aigen/M., ed. Franz Breid (Steyr: Ennsthaler Verlag, 1997).

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