Desiderio Desideravi 62: Rekindling Wonder

We’re getting closer to the finish here. Pope Francis is speaking in hopes. The Jesuits would encourage us to answer the question: what is our desire? For Pope Francis, the desire is broad and rather open to interpretation. He wants to see a Christian people formed into better disciples by the liturgy. It’s the most-attended thing we do and it still has the greatest reach.

62. I would like this letter to help us to rekindle our wonder for the beauty of the truth of the Christian celebration, to remind us of the necessity of an authentic liturgical formation, and to recognize the importance of an art of celebrating that is at the service of the truth of the Paschal Mystery and of the participation of all of the baptized in it, each one according to his or her vocation.

A truth follows: the conducting of the liturgy does not require a program. Every faith community can do it, even the ones without regular access to a priest.

All this richness is not far from us. It is in our churches, in our Christian feasts, in the centrality of the Lord’s Day, in the power of the sacraments we celebrate. Christian life is a continual journey of growth. We are called to let ourselves be formed in joy and in communion.

The full document, copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana is here on the Vatican site.

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