Francis: “The liturgy does not have to be a battlefield”

Receiving the members of the Pontifical Institute of Saint Anselm in Rome on May 7, the Supreme Pontiff called on them not to indulge in controversies over the liturgy. “When liturgical life is a bit of a divisive banner, there’s the smell of the devil,” he explained.

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This morning, Saturday, May 7, Pope Francis received the members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Saint Anselm in Rome, the Benedictine Theological Seminary, which this year celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. This meeting was an opportunity for the Supreme Pontiff to develop thinking about the development and teaching of liturgical life in today’s world. “Three dimensions clearly emerge from the will of the Council to renew the liturgical lifehe don , The first is active and fruitful participation in the liturgy. The second is the ecclesial communion which is motivated by the celebration of the Eucharist and the sacraments of the Church. The third is the impetus given by the liturgical life that includes all the baptized to the Gospel message.“.

In order to live and encourage active participation in the liturgical life, the key is first to educate the people”To enter into the spirit of the liturgyFrancis said.Immerse yourself in the spirit of the liturgy, and feel its mystery, always a new miracle. The liturgy is not a property, no, it is not a profession: the liturgy is taught, the liturgy is celebratedThe Pope called the Saint-Anselme Institute to “same” This heritage.

Dangers of liturgical formalities

Participation in the liturgy must be translatedIn a greater sense of the Church, which makes us live evangelically at all times and in all circumstances“Francois continued, who immediately warned of”The experience of liturgical formalismAnd then the Pope denounced the desire of some toThe search for forms and formalities, not reality, as we see today in those movements that try to retreat and deny the Second Vatican Council.“…therefore the Bishop of Rome lamented that in some liturgies he accepted the Council”Something lifeless, careless“.

François then praised the dedication of the Institut Saint-Anselme in its ability to help its students grow. “in ecclesiastical communion”. “The liturgical life, in fact, opens us to others, to those closest to the Church as well as further, in our common belonging to Christ.pointed out. “Giving glory to God in the liturgy finds its counterpart in the love of neighbor, in the commitment to live as brothers and sisters in everyday situations, in the society in which I find myself, with its advantages and limitations.“.

The third aspect of the liturgical life is the dispatch of missions. “What we live and celebrate leads us to meet others, learn about the world around us, and meet the joys and needs of many people who might otherwise live without knowing God’s gift.The pope continued, emphasizing to what extent the Eucharist always urges almsgiving.

“The smell of the devil”

François emphasized the point in insisting on the fact that “Liturgical life and its study should lead to greater ecclesial unity“.”When the liturgical life is a banner of division, there is the smell of the deceiving devil. We cannot worship God and make the liturgy, at the same time, a battleground for questions that are not fundamental, but outdated, and siding, starting with the liturgy, for the ideologies that divide the Church.He said.

His Majesty the Supreme Pontiff wished to recall the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which is the Council which he defined, which “”He wanted to prepare abundantly the table of the word of God and the Eucharist, to allow the presence of God among his people.“.Thus, through liturgical prayer, the Church prolongs Christ’s work among men and women of all ages.”It is necessary to study the liturgy while remaining faithful to this sacrament of the ChurchThe Holy Father urged.

The challenges of our world today are very powerful. Today, as always, the Church needs to live out the liturgyHe concluded by stating that “We must continue this task of forming the liturgy“.

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