liturgy

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Modern Church Aesthetics: Back to the Future

  Note: This article is part of a continuing series on Catholicism and art. A common complaint about modern churches is that they look like “warehouses”—bare, soulless barns rather than houses of worship.  Such a style of architecture, many feel, renders the religious experience banal and devoid of transcendence.  Many Catholics attribute this style to the influence […]

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Let Us Enter Into These Most Sacred Mysteries!

I have been reading a beautiful book on the Liturgy recently: For the Life of the World, by Alexander Schmemann.  This Eastern Orthodox priest and theologian cuts to the heart of the sacred drama unfolding in each liturgy. In the sacred liturgy we become participants in the Heavenly Kingdom; Sons in the Son; Partakers in […]

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Cardinal Burke and the Masculine Genius

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the popular and much admired American prelate, gave an interview recently about what he views as a crisis facing men in the Church.  Burke locates the origins of the crisis in 1960s radical feminism, the influence of which induced the Church to downplay masculinity and the unique role and vocation of men.  As a […]

Communication

On the Mass

One of the few nice things about our current era is how, despite its explicit rejection of family, religious, and political traditions, the realities these traditions so jealously guarded continue to be objects of desire for everyone. All still want to fall in love, experience the transcendent, and live a fulfilled life. Loyalty, duty, courage, […]

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Singing Stained Glass

The rose window on the west façade of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska depicts Saint Cecilia accompanied by a symphony of musical instruments. From the altar, as the sun sets on this beautiful image of the patroness of music, its colors sing down upon the choir loft to silhouette the cathedral’s magnificent organ. In […]

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