159. At the Paschal season, which commemorates the triumph of Christ, our souls are filled with deep interior joy: we, accordingly, should also consider that we must rise, in union with the Redeemer, from our cold and slothful life to one of greater fervor and holiness by giving ourselves completely and generously to God, and by forgetting this wretched world in order to aspire only to the things of heaven: “If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above . . . mind the things that are above.”[Col.3:1-2]
Pentecost, and the ordinary time that follows it:
160. Finally, during the time of Pentecost, the Church by her precept and practice urges us to be more docile to the action of the Holy Spirit who wishes us to be on fire with divine love so that we may daily strive to advance more in virtue and thus become holy as Christ our Lord and His Father are holy.
An interesting confluence of “docile” and “on fire,” wouldn’t you say?
MD 160 illustrates the classic failure of pre-conciliar Catholicism: it’s lack of evangelical drive. Pentecost is all about conversion, fire, and making new disciples. It’s about fulfilling the Lord’s command on the hill outside Jerusalem, to make disciples (not only believers) throughout the world.
The pre-conciliar liturgy was not seen in evangelical light, but as an aspect of the devotional life:
161. Thus, the liturgical year should be considered as a splendid hymn of praise offered to the heavenly Father by the Christian family through Jesus, their perpetual Mediator. Nevertheless, it requires a diligent and well ordered study on our part to be able to know and praise our Redeemer ever more and more. It requires a serious effort and constant practice to imitate His mysteries, to enter willingly upon His path of sorrow and thus finally share His glory and eternal happiness.
And devotion is certainly not bad or wrong. But we can do more. No question about it. Check Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site here.