Redemptionis Sacramentum 40

Conciliar bishops sought to correct the problems and abuses in Catholic liturgy as it had been allowed to languish since the Tridentine reforms. Culture is not enough. Catechesis is not enough. And it must be said: the assumption of participation isn’t quite enough either.

[40.] Nevertheless, from the fact that the liturgical celebration obviously entails activity, it does not follow that everyone must necessarily have something concrete to do beyond the actions and gestures, as if a certain specific liturgical ministry must necessarily be given to the individuals to be carried out by them. Instead, catechetical instruction should strive diligently to correct those widespread superficial notions and practices often seen in recent years in this regard, and ever to instill anew in all of Christ’s faithful that sense of deep wonder before the greatness of the mystery of faith that is the Eucharist, in whose celebration the Church is forever passing from what is obsolete into newness of life: “in novitatem a vetustate”. [Cf. Missale Romanum, Feria secunda post Dominica V in Quadragesima, Collecta, p. 258]For in the celebration of the Eucharist, as in the whole Christian life which draws its power from it and leads toward it, the Church, after the manner of Saint Thomas the Apostle, prostrates herself in adoration before the Lord who was crucified, suffered and died, was buried and arose, and perpetually exclaims to him who is clothed in the fullness of his divine splendor: “My Lord and my God!” [Cf. Novo Millennio ineunte 21; cf. Jn 20,28].

“Deep wonder” is communicated less by catechesis and more by good example.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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