Sunday, March 3, 2024

Without liturgical reform there will be no reform of the Church

“A Church that does not try to speak in an understandable way to the men and women of its time is a sick Church,” assured the Pope when the audience welcomed the participants of the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The role of women is central but should not be reduced to “ministeriality” alone.

A Church that does not feel love for spiritual growth, that does not try to speak in a way that the men and women of its time can understand, that does not grieve because of the division of Christians, that does not tremble at the desire to make Christ known to the nations, it is a sick Church. These are the symptoms of a sick Church.

Pope Francis used strong words in his speech before the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to emphasize that “without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church.” It commemorates the 60th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy, drawn up during the Second Vatican Council with the aim of “making the Christian life of the faithful grow more and more every day”, adapting “the institution that changes” to the needs of the time, in favor of all that “contributes to the unity of all believers in Christ” and reinvigorates all that helps to “call all to the bosom of the Church.” In practice, the Pope explained, “a profound work of spiritual, pastoral, ecumenical and missionary renewal.”

The faithfulness of the spouse of the Church

When we talk about the “reform of the Church” we often find ourselves facing a “question of spousal fidelity”, Francis clarified, adding that “the Church as Bride is always more how beautiful she is when she loves Christ the Bridegroom more, to the point of complete subjection to Him, to complete conformity with Him.” In this sense, the Pontiff focuses on the ministries of women.

The Church is a woman and the Church is a mother, and the Church is the image of Mary and the Church-woman, the image of Mary is more than Peter, that is, she is something else. All cannot be reduced to ministerialism. The woman herself has a very great symbol in the Church as a woman, without reducing it to ministeriality. That’s why I said that any reform of the Church is always a question of the faithfulness of the spouse, because there is a woman.

The importance of liturgical formation

Like the Fathers of the Council, who addressed the issue of the liturgy, “the best place for meeting the living Christ”, encouraging the formation of the faithful and promoting pastoral actions, the Holy Pope also insisted on the need for “liturgical formation” and stressed how important it is for everyone:

It is not a specialization for some experts, but an inner disposition of all God’s people. This, of course, excludes the priority from the formation of those who, because of the sacrament of Orders, are called mystagogues, that is, to guide the faithful by the hand and with them in the knowledge of the holy mysteries.

The preparation of ordained ministers

For Francis, it is necessary that “the shepherds know how to lead the people to the good pasture of the liturgical celebration, where the announcement of the dead and risen Christ becomes a concrete experience of his presence that changes lives,” is that he asked that, “in the spirit of synodal collaboration between the Dicasteries expected in the Praedicate Evangelium”, the liturgical formation of ordained ministers “is also dealt with by the Dicastery for Culture and Education, together with the Dicastery for the Clergy and the Dicastery for Institutes. of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life”, so that each can offer “their own specific contribution”. Since, the liturgy is “the summit to which the action of the Church focuses and, at the same time, the source from which all energy flows”, as we read in Sacrosanctum Concilium, it is necessary “that also the formation of the ordained ministers especially have a liturgical-wisdom imprint, in the curriculum of theological studies and in the life experience of seminarians.”

Formative paths for God’s people

But it is also necessary to think about “new formative itineraries” for the people of God, the Holy Pope urged, and this starting with the assemblies that meet on Sunday, “the Lord’s day”, “on the feasts of liturgical year”, that They are “the first concrete occasion of liturgical formation”, and then the “patronal festivals or the sacraments of Christian initiation”, occasions “where people are more involved in the celebrations” and that , if “they are carefully prepared pastorally. “, allow the “rediscovery and deepening of the meaning of the celebration of the mystery of salvation today”.

Finally, Francis emphasized the great task corresponding to the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: “doing so that the people of God grow in conscience and in the joy of meeting the Lord through the celebration of the divine mystery. and, in finding him, there is life in his name”, and thank those who work there for their commitment.

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