14 October 2013

Silence to Encourage Adoration

Hello, everyone, and happy Monday.  Back from a refreshing weekend-- and for a sports fan from St. Louis, a particularly satisfying one.  I can't remember when the Cardinals, Blues, Rams and Tigers were so successful all at the same time.  Anyway, today NLM has a great piece on liturgical silence, especially the glory of the silent Canon, by Peter Kwasniewski.  Here is a excerpt to make you want to read it:


"Almost as an aside, Harris dares a general judgment about the character or feel of Catholic worship as compared with Protestant:
There are obvious disadvantages, both of a devotional and of an intellectual kind, in the silent recitation of the Canon or Anaphora. On the other hand, it can hardly be denied that the ‘mystic’ prayer of the celebrant has been a prime factor in creating that thrilling atmosphere of rapt adoration which has been the distinctive feature of Catholic worship throughout the ages; and which the more intellectual, instructive, and ‘edifying’ worship of modern Protestants seems unable to evoke.  (776)
"Reading these words caused me to cringe when I realized that his description of “Catholic” matched the usus antiquior while his description of “Protestant” lined up with the Novus Ordo—intellectual, instructive, and (in the best cases) edifying, as its architects intended it to be, but not typically characterized by a “thrilling atmosphere of rapt adoration.” I would maintain, in fact, that many Catholics who have fled from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary Form have done so not exclusively or primarily to escape the rampant abuses, but more so to find a spiritual refuge that encourages meditation and adoration. It is a quasi-monastic “flight from the world” in order to find God. If we do not encounter the living God in prayer and go out of ourselves to worship Him in spirit and in truth, we will be hopeless when it comes to living a Christian life in the workaday world. A certain alternating rhythm of interior recollection and outward engagement is necessary, and perhaps it is the relentless emphasis, in the Novus Ordo context, on the outward, the busy, the active, the evangelistic, that has drained Catholics of their deepest spiritual resources for battling the world, the flesh, and the devil."

1 comment:

dulac90 said...

How many Masses like the one pictured (TLM in a normally NO parish) have been said in the Archdiocese since then?