We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dr. Kwasniewski: Do we not need “greater ceremonial dignity in the Church?"

Yes. We do need ceremonial dignity so that we can gaze upon it and enter into it and encounter the majesty of the Lord, the Lord Who created us in His image. We need ceremonial dignity to remind us and call us to our own dignity.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski at the Imaginative Conservative expounds on the goodness of beautiful worship and exhorts us to consider the necessity of ceremonial dignity.

We need not apologize for promoting what is good and true! Let the those who demonstrate little motivation have their beige liturgies and comfortable god. The true disciples of Christ rejoice in the transcendentals—truth, goodness and beauty!
Why Offer God the Finest of Human Artistry?
Under Archbishop Laud (1589–1645) there was a strong move towards greater ceremonial dignity in the church. As the house of God it was to be fitted out accordingly with the finest of human artistry, and its functions were to be conducted in a spirit of deepest reverence. The liturgy, the music, the sacred vessels, the very fabric of the building, all were to serve and make manifest the beauty of holiness. This phrase, which we find invoked time and again both by writers of the period and, later, by historians, derives from Psalm 96: ‘O sing unto the Lord a new song…. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.’ —On Pärt, by Paul Hillier and Tõnu Tormis (Samfundet, 2005)
Laud was Anglican, of course, but it is no more than ecumenical common sense to recognize that we Roman Catholics could learn a thing or two from his devout attitude. (Need I mention the sincere hope of many Roman Catholics that the Anglican Ordinariates, by modeling that Laudian attitude and approach, will become a force of renewal for the rest of us?) (For those of us Ordinary Form Catholics who have migrated to an Ordinariate Mass, worshipping God "in the beauty of holiness" (Ps. 29:2) is a joy and blessed relief from the irreverence and indifference one witnesses at too many Ordinary Form liturgies. Contrary to the busy-ness and careless worship commonly associated with the Ordinary Form, the Ordinariate Mass (i.e., Divine Worship: the Missal) offers an elegant rhythm of silence and reverent praise, adoration and robust liturgical worship that leaves no doubt in the mind of the worshipper that the focus of worship is on God.)
Do we not need “greater ceremonial dignity in the church?” Why are our processions in church so slapdash, casual, and quick, almost as if we’re embarrassed to be engaged in divine worship?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Anglican Benedictines entering the Ordinariate in Canada.

Perigrinations has the story:
Br. Sean-Patrick and Br. Robert-Charles (Bengry), along with their little Benedictine Community of Sts. James and John in Brandon, Manitoba, have discerned that God is calling them to come home to the Catholic Church as part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Br. Sean and Br. Robert supported themselves and their small Benedictine community through their stipends as Anglican priests, they are now without funds and employment. They've given up so much to enter full Catholic communion.

If you can help you'll be making a real difference to these two faithful religious men who have given so much of themselves to the Anglican Church, but who now find themselves all but destitute. They are currently seeking employment but require funds for the short-term to make ends meet and so they can maintain their ministry as they come to the Catholic Church.
If you want to offer support of any kind—prayer, financial, material—try the following links to direct your offerings to the Brothers.
Pray for them during their time of transition!

P.S.—If readers have a better way/link to offer support, leave a message in the combox.

Evangelical Anglicans prove folly of sola scriptura heresy.

Another fracas is brewing in the CofE. This time the conflagration is between "evangelical" or "biblical" Anglicans and their liberal progressive brethren.

Having slept while several doctrinal adjustments were made during recent decades by various national progressive groups within the Anglican Communion, evangelicals in the CofE are only now waking up to the fact that they and all Anglicans are riding a downward spiral, a trajectory which those doctrinal adjustments determined but that people ignored for various reasons, perhaps because they convinced themselves there was something worth saving in the Anglican Communion or that all that was needed was some magic fairy dust which everyone could snort and thereby be oblivious to the cognitive dissonance created by loose play with divine revelation.

The question is, where have the evangelical Anglicans been while the Africans have been fighting the good fight?

A statement has been issued to the upper-ups in the CofE by some 89 ordained and lay evangelical leaders which amounts to "don't be changin' doctrine or there'll be schism". Truth be told, the marriage and sexuality horse has already left the Anglican barn.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Exposing deception. When (c)atholics play loosely with doctrine, Canon law(yer Dr. Ed Peters) comes to the rescue.

During times of upheaval when the Church should be a refuge for repentant sinners wherein they, having fled the cotton candy and poison which the secular world offers, can enjoy a diet of orthodox teaching for the preservation of spiritual health, the same repentant sinners must now contend with priestly wolves among the sheep and cardinal foxes in the henhouse who are serving up a mixed diet of "pernicious stuff".

The eminent canonist Dr. Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap., has posted yet another authoritative and insightful piece at his blog In The Light of the Law from which faithful Catholics may safely drink in order to retain their sanity, sustain hope and from which they may draw strength and wisdom to defend Holy Mother Church.

Apropos of nothing in particular—but I suppose of several things in general, like the continuing turmoil over Amoris laetitia, the Buenos Aires directives, the Roman diocesan protocol, and a torrent of commentary (including some by orthodox writers), that, in my view, just doesn’t get it yet—may I offer the following take?