Pope Francis, in his encyclical Lumen Fidei, has reminded us of the way faith binds together past and future:
As a response to a word which preceded it, Abraham’s faith would always be an act of remembrance. Yet this remembrance is not fixed on past events but, as the memory of a promise, it becomes capable of opening up the future, shedding light on the path to be taken. We see how faith, as remembrance of the future, memoria futuri, is thus closely bound up with hope. (LF 9)
This remembrance, this memory, this treasure that is our Catholic tradition is not something of the past alone. It is still a vital force in the present, and will always be a gift of beauty to future generations. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel” (Is 12:5–6).
Music is an art. Art requires creativity, and creative people will always find new expressions. Sometimes those new explorations will be resisted by those attached to the present or to an idealized past. I suspect our vitality is inevitably tied up with our attempts to breathe life into a gospel message made new for new sets of ears. The aim of reform is not change for its own sake, but shifting of ways and methods so that more people may be drawn into the life of faith.
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