Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 4

Pastoral Proposals involving the Beauty of Christ discusses “education,” including in and about the liturgy.

An appropriate education helps the faithful grow in the life of prayer of adoration and worship, and fuller participation in the truth to a liturgy lived in the fullness of beauty which immerses the faithful in the mystery of faith.

I feel cautious about the use of the term “education” in this context. Book-learning for something that can’t be contained in books? Not hardly. It’s a matter of apprenticeship: guides who can show others where to turn their gaze, for what to look.

As for liturgy …

At the same time as re-educating the faithful to marvel at the things that God works in our lives, it is also necessary to give back to the liturgy its true “splendor”, all its dignity and authentic beauty, by rediscovering the authentic sense of Christian mystery, and forming the faithful so that they can enter into the meaning and beauty of the celebrated mystery and live it authentically.

I think the “give back to the liturgy” portion is an overstatement. Even in the best pre-conciliar parishes, there was but one High Mass per Sunday. Most Masses were Low, and if a believer wasn’t blessed with a place of worship that leaned to being an architectural wonder, the experience was more likely quite ordinary.

A better approach would be to turn the gaze forward and plan for the limit of what’s possible.

The full document is here.

Image: the rose window at Notre Dame in Paris, By Zachi Evenor based on File:North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, Aug 2010.jpg by Julie Anne Workman – CC BY-SA 2.0,

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