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The Mystery For A New Generation


I am stuck on this 1964 quote from Romano Guardini, a German Catholic Priest. Author Frank C. Senn put this in his book, Christian Liturgy. He raised a radical question.


Is not the liturgical act...so bound up with historical background--antique or medieval or baroque--that if would be more honest to give it up altogether? Would it not be better to admit that man in this industrial and scientific age, with its sociological structure, is no longer capable of the liturgical act? And instead of talking about renewal, ought we not to consider how best to celebrate the sacred mysteries so that the modern man can grasp their meaning through his own approach to truth? [Christian Liturgy, Frank C. Senn, 1997 Augsburg Fortress, page 619]


Just leave that right there. I am stuck.




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