Remembering World War I
One hundred years ago this November, World War I ended, but not before millions of young men died in what many historians consider the first conflict to take full advantage of improvements in mechanized warfare.
Ars Celebrandi, Part 4: Handing Out Blessings Left and Right
In addition to the orans posture and praying with hands joined, the priest celebrant makes use of a variety of other hand gestures throughout the Mass. He frequently is directed to extend and join his hands, to bless, and on certain occasions to strike his breast.
The Unique Language of Liturgical Prayer (Or: What is a “venti frappuccino skinny”?)
If a Catholic (or especially a non-Catholic) were to stop and think about it, he would discover that there are some things—perhaps many things—about Catholic worship that on the surface seem strange.
Some Good and Weighty Truths About Beauty: The Seriousness of the Liturgy
Bishop James D. Conley isn’t playing around: Chapter Six of Romano Guardini’s The Spirit of the Liturgy presents the good, the true, and the beautiful as liturgy’s sober core.
To Pray, Protect, and Promote: The Bishop’s Role in the Liturgical Life of the Church
The bishop must enthrone the liturgy in his heart, protect it like a crown, and nurture it like a kingdom, says Monsignor Robert J. Dempsey in his essay on the bishop’s role in the liturgy.
The Spirit of The Spirit of the Liturgy
Romano Guardini taught the world to pray—and to keep it from going out of style, Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Ignatius Press’s 40th anniversary by introducing a new edition of Spirit of the Liturgy.
The Holy Ghosts of Halloween: Resurrecting a Catholic Feast
Halloween’s not what it used to be—but with the right costume and disposition of heart, Marcel Brown insists, paganism won’t be able to hold a jack-o-lantern to this Christian feast
Requiescat in Pace: Death of Romano Guardini
Guardini died on October 1, 1968—50 years ago this month. L’Osservatore Romano, the daily newspaper of the Holy See, printed the following obituary in its October 10, 1968 issue, including remarks from Pope Paul VI.
Romano Guardini Was Careful What He Asked For: A Liturgical Crisis
Upon hearing of his death, Pope Paul VI recalled Guardini’s “praiseworthy work and successful efforts as a scholar and writer for a greater understanding of theological truths and for the formation of a true, liturgical devotion.”
“Sign of the Great Mystery of Salvation:” a Reflection on the Rite of the Consecration of Virgins
Elizabeth Black presents a portrait of pure love and spotless devotion to Christ in her whole-cloth examination of the Rite of the Consecration of Virgins.