Christus Vivit 226: Areas Needing To Be Developed, The Arts

Pope Francis’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, which can be found on this link at the Vatican site, looks briefly at the arts as a setting for engaging young people. First the post-synod document’s mention:

226. Nor can we overlook the importance of the arts, like theatre, painting, and others. “Music is particularly important, representing as it does a real environment in which the young are constantly immersed, as well as a culture and a language capable of arousing emotion and shaping identity. The language of music also represents a pastoral resource with a particular bearing on the liturgy and its renewal”.[FD 47]

And a citation from one of the original doctors of the Church. His prescription:

Singing can be a great incentive to young people as they make their way through life. As Saint Augustine says: “Sing, but continue on your journey. Do not grow lazy, but sing to make the way more enjoyable. Sing, but keep going… If you make progress, you will continue your journey, but be sure that your progress is in virtue, true faith and right living. Sing then, and keep walking”.[Sermo 256, 3: PL 38, 1193]

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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