QUOTE II – “Now our society is deranged. (We do not mean to be harsh. We are killing our children; if we are not deranged, we are something much, much worse.)” From an article in the Catholic World Report.
IN OTHER NEWS:
No news to share came in this week so here is an excerpt from a book I finished reading on retreat.
“Our earthly worship environment should help us see what we can’t see. It should strive to imitate its heavenly counterpart, which we glimpse through Revelation. Too often our liturgical art, music, and architecture bow to utility and economy, when they should bow to the transcendent. John’s vision (in the book of Revelation) inspires us to rethink the ways we design our churches. The visible should be a vehicle for the invisible, lifing our senses a taste of the glorious mystery in which we partake, filling our beings with reverence and awe, lifting our minds and hearts to heaven.” From Scott Hahn’s book, “A Father Who Keeps His Promises”.
Just one more:
“The most convincing reception of the work wick perhaps be this: That in such a church, before such a work, a young pagan can kneel and pour our his whole heart. Then the artist will know that God is truly served by him.” Archbishop Christophe Schonborn, O.P.
All that being said, here are some pictures of Saint Augustine in Larchmont where Fr. B and I visited. There is something about the building that draws one in and invites him to be quiet and pray. It is friendly toward devotions with a number of shrines and candles to light. Inside its walls one is transported to a different realm far more conducive to spiritual endeavors. All that is required is that one steps across the threshold from the loud and busy world into this sacred space.