David Fagerberg, Professor of Liturgical Studies at Notre Dame, is a teacher and thinker unlike any other today in the liturgical field. His treatment of liturgy makes one pause, think, and delight in seeing something so close appear in a different and remarkable light. For example, have you ever thought of liturgy in this way?
Suppose that liturgy puts a light into our eyes by which we can see. Suppose it is the light of Mount Tabor illuminating creation so that its truth, beauty, and goodness glorifies God. And suppose having a theological eye means seeing by this light. If all this is so, then Mrs. Murphy is a theologian not for having attended academic courses to learn scholarly jargon: she is a liturgical theologian for having this charismatic sight by which to see matter, persons, hearts, and history.
Are you a “Mrs. Murphy,” a baptized liturgical theologian who sees a redeemed world through liturgical lenses? Would you like to be?
Catholic World Report has published an interview with Dr. Fagerberg on the occasion of his new book on Orthodox theologian, Alexander Schmemann (d.1983), a key influence on Fagerberg’s own way of seeing things liturgical. Read the interview here.
Christopher Carstens is director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin; a visiting faculty member at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois; editor of the Adoremus Bulletin; and one of the voices on The Liturgy Guys podcast. He is author of A Devotional Journey into the Mass and A Devotional Journey into the Easter Mystery (Sophia), as well as Principles of Sacred Liturgy: Forming a Sacramental Vision (Hillenbrand Books). He lives in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, with his wife and eight children.