“What we have lost…” I’m still figuring that out, I think

Since becoming Catholic…

I’m not sure what to do with videos like this one:

You see, there is a lot in that video that speaks to me at a gut level. Like many people, I tend to take a dim view of things. This tendency, however, is not always born out of the facts, rather it often flows from my very human tendency to view the past through rose-colored glasses. It is in our nature to make up past “golden ages” as a way of judging the present. With this in mind, I too tend to see the modern Church to be rife with problems, and I thus tend to look to the past, with its traditions and forms, in order to pass judgement on the present.

However, I also see a lot of manipulation in the video. It is carefully crafted to create certain impressions, and guide the viewer through an argument by limiting the facts presented, and limiting the visual examples used to substantiate their argument. One must take it with a grain of salt (or a spoonful).

And yet, and yet… much cannot be ignored. As I read The Spirit of the Liturgy (2000) by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) I find myself wondering why more parishes are not turning away from the populist/modernist forms toward more traditional or deeply meaningful forms, and why more priests are not leading their parishes in that direction. I know it takes time, but I look around me and there is little (or no) indication that people are thinking about these things, or even really care. Maybe it’s just me. Probably I’m not paying attention. I’m sure they do care, and likely have strong opinions — like everyone.

Maybe those few mantillas I see at Mass…

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