Monday, March 12, 2007
I Must Remember that I Can Only Invite - The Lord Does the Rest
In commenting on Athos' post I used a quote from Yeats, who penned "The best lack all convictions, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity." I asked in the comment how we can rev-up our lives. Well it didn’t take long to find an answer as I came across this post from Welborn’s open book.
The message starts off with, How can we communicate the joy of Catholic worship and I would make sure we see in the word, 'joy' a sense of passionate intensity - and I hope that all see in the concept of 'Catholic worship' the Eucharist – the sacrifice and the body and blood of Our Lord.
Father Dwight Longenecker continues:
To the outsider I know this seems arcane, irrelevant and difficult to understand. To many Catholics it seems the same. They wonder why worship cannot be more 'relevant' and more easy to understand. Perhaps they wonder why the worship cannot be more joyful, more upbeat and more 'with it'. I cannot explain.
I cannot explain in the way I cannot explain a Mozart aria, a Beethoven quartet or a Raphael Madonna. I cannot explain the lift and surge of liturgy as I cannot explain the heft of a poem or the fullness of the silence in the rest of music. I cannot explain the transcendence of beauty,the knowledge of eternity electric in the frail physical things. I cannot explain the connection with the infinite in the interstices of the psalms, the intimacy of goodness in the rapt face of a child in worship, the contact with reality in the smoke of incense, the deep rumble of the organ, the delicate dance of light or the poignant harmony of plainsong. I cannot explain the certainty of sanctity known in the wrinkled hands of an old woman in prayer, or the certainty of grace in a teenaged boy kneeling in silence--a smile of joy impressed upon his face as if by an unseen power.
I cannot explain any of these things, but I can invite you to the feast.