Vol. XIX, No. 1
Table of Contents
Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica – high altar and central dome. Photo: © Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica. Used with permission
News and Views — Note from Editor: Pope Benedict XVI Resignation | Translation Update | CMAA: Renewal of Sacred Music | Apocalypse Prize: Art is Deep in History | Sacra Liturgia 2013 Conference | Ancient Vatican Manuscripts Online
Summa and Sacrament: Josef Pieper on the Thomistic Principles of Liturgical Reform by Lance Byron Richey
The History of Sacred Art and Its Evolution … and why it should be included in seminary education by Duncan G.Stroik
Bene et Firmiter — Well and Permanently: A Short History of Reservation of the Eucharist by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB
"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" — Pope Benedict XVI, Wednesday Audience, February 6, 2012
Readers’ Forum — Liturgy of the Hours in Latin and English? | Vetus Ordo? | How to Start a Parish Liturgy Committee | Missals in English & Latin | Mass in Flu Season | Oops!
What proves Jesus to be the true sign of God is that He takes upon Himself the contradiction of God, He draws it to Himself all the way to the contradiction of the Cross.
We are not talking about the past here. We all know to what extent Christ remains a sign of contradiction today, a contradiction that in the final analysis is directed at God. God Himself is constantly regarded as a limitation placed on our freedom, that must be set aside if man is ever to be completely himself. God, with His truth, stands in opposition to man’s manifold lies, his self-seeking, and his pride.
God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves.
It is not a romantic “good feeling.” Redemption is not “wellness,” it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. This liberation comes at a price: the anguish of the Cross. The prophecy of light and that of the Cross belong together.
— Pope Benedict XVI
Jesus of Nazareth: Infancy Narratives. p. 85, 86