At any innocent tea-table we may easily hear a man say, “Life is not worth living.” We regard it as we regard the statement that it is a fine day; nobody thinks that it can possibly have any serious effect on the man or on the world. And yet if that utterance were really believed, the world would stand on its head. Murderers would be given medals for saving men from life; firemen would be denounced for keeping men from death; poisons would be used as medicines; doctors would be called in when people were well; the Royal Humane Society would be rooted out like a horde of assassins. Yet we never speculate as to whether the conversational pessimist will strengthen or disorganize society; for we are convinced that theories do not matter.
G.K. Chesterton in Hereticsgkchestertonquote)
“Liberal bishops dismissed Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic constitution authorizing wider use of the traditional Latin mass, as a bone thrown to over-the-hill conservatives. But Pope Benedict XVI probably wrote it more for the young than the old.” (Click title for more…)
Lead me to the Truth and I will follow you with my whole life
young Kardinal Joseph Ratzinger // Benedikt XVI
And so the real focus is the majestas Domini, the risen and glorified Lord in all his majesty—seen also and indeed chiefly as the one who is to come, who cometh even now in the Eucharist. In celebrating the divine liturgy, the church goes forth to meet him—in truth, liturgy is the act of this going forth to meet him who cometh. He always anticipates in the liturgy his promised coming: liturgy is anticipated parousia, or second coming; it is the entry of the “already” into our “not yet,” as John presented it in the story of the wedding at Cana. The hour of the Lord has not yet come, and everything that must happen has not yet been fulfilled. But at the request of Mary and of the church, he nonetheless gives now the new wine, and pours out now in advance, the gift of his “hour.
Pope Benedict XVI, “The Regensburg Tradition and the Reform of the Liturgy,” The Essential Pope Benedict XVI (Harper San Francisco, 2007.)