Friday, September 23, 2011

"There will be no other word than this one."

Friday greetings from Windsor, Connecticut. Flew to Logan in Boston earlier today and drove down here through torrents of rain.

Looking over the comments over the past few days, as well as reading comments about the new communion guidelines in the Diocese of Phoenix, as well as escalating discussions about the new translation, I am becoming more saddened by the divisions that exist among us.

The late Cardinal Bernardin's Common Ground initiative called for open dialogue among various "factions" in the hope of arriving at some kind of common ground.

In the midst of what I am perceiving as a deepening polarization among us, what is our common ground? I can't help but echo something that I learned long ago and is embedded in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 65:

"Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father's one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one."

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Anonymous said...

"In the midst of conflict and division, we know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace...
Your Spirit is at work when understanding puts an end to strife...For this we should never cease to thank and praise you."

John Black said...

Jerry, this "common ground" thought was immediately presented to me: no matter our differing reactions to the new translation, we will, largely, continue to gather in faith at the Lord's table. We will get through this change as we have moved forward through those of the past.

Anonymous said...

I agree that there are some divisions. I think that part of the issue is the demand for things to be the same at every parish.

One person might prefer masses with contemporary music and another might be into traditional chant. There is a place for both. I don't see why it can't work for both to attend a mass that fits the style that they prefer, where one attends a more traditional mass and the other person attend a more contemporary mass.

One thing that I really liked about college was the different character of the different masses. The 11:15 p.m. mass was very traditional and included parts of the mass chanted in Latin while the 8pm mass had a more contemporary feel. The 5pm mass and 11am mass both had their own unique feel that was between that of the other two. Regardless of the difference in the character of these masses, it was part of one Catholic Church.

One thing that I have been discussing is how great it would be if there was an option for parishes to pick the translation preferred by their parish. For example, if a parish liked the new translation and its more formal English, they could use it, while if they preferred the current translation, they could use that one instead.

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Gregg said...

The problem with having masses that serves different musical tastes is that it divides the body of Christ. We are one body. When we have only one style of music at mass, it creates division (or me)It also creates problems during the Triduum when the parish community joins together...there will be bickering over what music is used, who gets preferential treatment, etc. Many parishes still encounter this, and our Protestant friends have seen their churches break up over it (2 come to mind in my town) The answer...mass should include various styles of music that is appealing to many.