Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Real participatio actuosa

Abide in Me and I will abide in you.  - John 15:4a
Concerning active participation during the Liturgy,
Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, astutely clarifies....

"If there is to be real participatio actuosa,
there must be silence.
In this silence, together, we journey inward,
becoming aware of word and sign,
leaving behind the roles which conceal our real selves. 

In silence man 'bides' and 'abides'; he becomes aware of
'abiding' reality.  Liturgy's tension, tautness, does not come from 'variety' ...but from the fact that it creates a space in
which we can encounter what is truly great and inexhaustible,
something that does not need 'variety' because it suffices,
namely, truth and love." 

Feast of Faith

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