If the Holy Father could focus on just one thing, restoring the liturgy, restoring the beauty of our Temple worship, the rest of the problems in the Church and our relationship with the world would be resolved. Of course it wouldn’t be over night, but in a generation or two it would be repaired.
If the traditional liturgy was restored, so would traditional piety, which would restore the traditional family which would restore the social order to one where justice reigns.
It isn’t rocket science that since anachy has prevailed in the sactuary, so too in society.
If the right relationship exists between God and man, then we will have peace.
In the Church the modern sanctuary has led to a true rupture in that relationship, priests act like they are hosting a social gathering, the prayers and actions don’t fully indicate that a true sacrifice for sin is being made by the priest on behalf of the people and rarely indicate a level of awe and respect for the august sacrament. The faithful have no idea that they are to offer their daily sacrifices in union with the priest in persona Chrisi on the altar to the Father in reparation for sin. The laity are so ignorant of the faith that it is a true crisis.
RESTORE the liturgy and you will RESTORE the world.
Pope Francis …. are you listening…? .
I am only at Tip #2 and can already feel my “inner writer” coming back to life. I’ve been torturing myself for so long — many new ideas and perspectives to share and nothing but dread at the thought of the actual writing. I was always such a “good student”, and by the time I finished grad school I no longer enjoyed either reading or writing. Pretty sad statement, even sadder that the ill effects have lasted three decades.
The only writing advice I’ve read so far basically boils down to: it’s work, you just have to do it, set aside a specific time and force yourself…. all about as appealing as my mother’s shoe leather lamb chops. I can’t thank you enough for your approach. I think it’s going to work for me, and just know I am immensely grateful beyond what words can express. Yes!