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Finding the truth about liturgy…

February 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Resources

Dear Friends,

You wouldn’t know it by the content of this site, but I love the liturgy of the Church. I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours since becoming Catholic. I am often mesmerized by every movement at Mass. I love the rhythm of the Church – the music – Finding the truth about liturgythe seasons – the feasts – the solemnities. I am moved by the thought that as I engage in the liturgy I am engaging with billions of people both inside and outside of time who are joining together in worship that is not bound by time and space. I am awestruck by the idea that we meet Christ Himself every time we receive Him in the Eucharist. Still, I avoid the topic as a normal course on this blog.

Why? Because like me, the topic gets under your skin. And when it gets under the skin of a writer, and under the skin of the readers, and under the skin of responders, fights break out in the comboxes and divisions emerge; ugly and shameful divisions. The good news is that very little of that has happened here – my goal is to keep it that way.

Liturgy is just hard and challenging to deal with. So, instead of covering it on this site in a less-than-helpful way (at least not as a primary focus) I want to point you to a rock solid and trustworthy source on the subject, the Adoremus Bulletin.

For those of you confused, saddened or just positively curious about what you have experienced, Hellen Hull Hitchcock and the team at Adoremus will provide a light of clarity and precision. For those of you who love what is good, true, and beautiful, you will be deeply encouraged and reinforced in your love for Christ in the liturgy of the Church. For those of you who energetically agree with me about liturgical matters, but who will be far more effective when you clearly understand the mind of the Church on these matters, you will be blessed and armed for the necessarily gentle but persistent battle to restore a proper sense of reverence and awe in our worship of the God of the Universe. If you love the liturgy, please visit Adoremus… subscribe, learn, support. You won’t be sorry.

 

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN’s Journey Home program and numerous radio programs. If you have an interest in having Dan come speak at your parish or Catholic event or group, contact us at rcspiritualdirection@gmail.com or call 818-646-7729.

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  • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

    Dan, thank you and God bless you and the entire Team of CSP…Yes, as you have stated in these two Sentences, this is what makes our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church the “Gateway to Salvation” and reveals just how much God truly loves us and we receive Jesus who comes unto us in the Eucharist:   

    “I am moved by the thought that as I engage in the liturgy I am engaging with billions of people both inside and outside of time who are joining together in worship that is not bound by time and space. I am awestruck by the idea that we meet Christ Himself every time we receive Him in the Eucharist.” As a cradle Catholic, I am ever humbled and challenged when I encounter the fervent Faith and holiness of our “Family Members” who have returned “Home” and the varied Apostolates they have been called to, to nurture, educate, unite and guide the “One Family of God”  

  • http://twitter.com/churchmouse9 Cindy Desharnais

    Just what I was praying for. Thank you Dan.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dan! You’re the best!

  • judeen

    God working in our lives come alive.. many times you will hear conformation from God on your daily life in the liturgy…one has no doubt that it is from God.. guiding and directing us in our daily path… may we always put God 1st . help each other grow in Holiness… to see and understand Gods workings.. God wants us more joined with Him .. that is why He shows us we need to grow.. Praise be to God

  • Stan Sienkiewicz

    You are correct.  The Adoremus Bulletin is a great resource and a wonderful read.  All should subscribe.  Thanks for noting their wonderful work.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. I hadn’t heard of this bulletin.  I feel the way you do about the liturgy.  I started praying the Liturgy of the Hours soon after my conversion and can’t imagine letting it go and today, the Mass is the greatest blessing in my life. I love the Liturgy of the Mass. Every word is grace. I thank God every day that I live in a country where I can go to Mass and receive the Eucharist every day.  My life revolves around the liturgical year of my Church.  I love being Catholic!

    • Anonymous

      Amen!