They were the first steps of a journey, to be continued with wise constancy. We know that it is not enough to change the liturgical books to improve the quality of the liturgy. To do this alone would be a deception.
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For life to be truly a praise pleasing to God, it is indeed necessary to change the heart. This is also the purpose of your work today, aimed at helping the Pope to carry out his ministry for the benefit of the Church in prayer all over the earth. In fact, the Holy See does not replace the bishops, but works with them to serve, in the richness of the various languages and cultures, the prayerful vocation of the Church in the world.
The hope is to continue on the path of mutual collaboration, aware of the responsibilities involved in ecclesial communion, in which unity and variety are united. It is a question of harmony. Here we find also the challenge of formation, the specific object of your reflection. Speaking of formation, we can not forget, first of all, that the liturgy is life that forms, not an idea to be learned.
And it is good therefore, in the liturgy as in other areas of ecclesial life, not to end up favouring sterile ideological polarizations, which often arise when, considering our own ideas valid for all contexts, we tend to adopt an attitude of perennial dialectic towards who does not share them. Thus, starting perhaps from the desire to react to some insecurities in the current context, we risk then falling back into a past that no longer exists or of escaping into a presumed future.
The starting point is instead to recognize the reality of the sacred liturgy, a living treasure that can not be reduced to tastes, recipes and currents, but which should be welcomed with docility and promoted with love, as irreplaceable nourishment for the organic growth of the People of God.
Speaking of liturgical formation in the People of God means first and foremost being aware of the indispensable role the liturgy holds in the Church and for the Church. This prayer is no longer for priests and religious alone. The Second Vatican Council urged us all to pray this prayer of the church.
These prayers connect us to the Mass and can help us to extend and respond to the graces received there. Then there is an entering into liturgical year, which is meant to permeate every day of our lives.
The Liturgy of the Hours, which follows the liturgical year, can help us to this. Our prayer life should reflect our knowledge and participation in the liturgical year. We need to reflect on the example they give us of responding to grace.
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A further way of living this daily sacramental life is using sacramentals. The church gives us holy water to remind of our baptism, holy candles to remind us that Christ is the light of the world, and the list could go on. The devout use of sacramentals is meant to be signs of our worship, and they are meant to be indicative of our intention to receive actual graces and respond to sanctifying grace. So they must not be looked at as something magical, and we should not fall into superstitions with regard to them.
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For example, if you forget to bless yourself with holy water when you walk into church, it does not mean you are going to go to hell. All of this means that there must be an intimate connection between our faith, our worship and our daily life. Our faith, worship and daily life must be both public and private, and all of it is meant to be a sacramental living out of our faith. We cannot allow a disconnect between these things. To live as if we do not is a lie and a sacrilege. He would not want to take it away; his plan all along was for us to have his life, and to respond to this life on a daily basis, on a moment by moment basis.
The ministries of the Missionaries of the Liturgy include mailings to build the faith, education, music, hospital visits and the Holy Store.
We have also written books and produced prayer helps to teach people about our faith and deepen their spiritual lives. Missionaries Of The Liturgy.
- An die Sonne, Op. 118, No. 5, D270.
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- 98-21-2 THE STORY OF THE HEISMAN AND THE MICHIGAN MAN.
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