A 7 Quick Takes Post as hosted at the This Ain’t the Lyceum blog.
“Of the beliefs and practices whether generally accepted or publicly enjoined which are preserved in the Church some we possess derived from written teaching; others we have received delivered to us “in mystery” by the tradition of the Apostles; and both of these in relation to true religion have the same force. And these no one will contradict; – no one, at all events, who is even moderately versed in the institutions of the Church. For were we to attempt to reject such customs as have no written authority, on the ground that the importance they possess is small, we should unintentionally injure the Gospel in these matters…” St. Jerome
This will be 7 quick takes on the fly, so to speak, since I’m going to try something I have never done. That something is composing this post on the WordPress app, real time. I like to edit and rewrite, and think posts over, but I have a reason for my madness. The reason is the past week has been more than hectic due to being almost totally preoccupied with the band I joined back in January. Last night was our semi-annual concert and the week came complete with a dress rehearsal on Wednesday night and the concert last night. I think the whole thing went remarkably well, considering we have the entire range of musical skill levels, from rank beginner to 80 year old pro. The point is, with weekly, sometimes twice weekly rehearsals since early January, I’m more than happy to get back into some sort of routine.
On top of the hectic band schedule, we have had the most incredible week of weather in our fair city. It has rained all week and yesterday we had a hailstorm of unique proportions. I had the misfortune to have to have been out in it, and the hail was making such a noise hitting the car, even with the radio turned nearly all the way up, you couldn’t hear it. The hail collected on the ground until it looked like two or three inches of snow, driving in it was like driving in a blizzard. Even coming home from the concert, many of the streets looked like they were covered with snow, and this more than six hours later. I’m a little worried about the roof on the house and will probably need to get it inspected. Can’t wait to see what today brings since it’s supposed to keep raining until Sunday or Monday.
To make matters worse, today I have to brave the bad weather and return the tux I rented to be all spiffily turned out for the concert. I think for the next one I’ll just get a black suit and be done with it.
A further cause for wonderment — we are expecting snow showers over the weekend. Funny, I thought the last time I looked at the calendar, it said “May”.
One thought that’s been noodling around in the back of my mind for the last week or two is the question of beauty in the liturgy. From previous comments I’ve made, you may have guessed that I’m not totally impressed with what happened to the Liturgy after Vatican II, rather the opposite. It seems the revisions made were with the express purpose of trivializing the Mass, I can think of no other way to put it. No wonder many people say the liturgy isn’t doing much for them. It’s true, on the one hand, the liturgy isn’t really about being entertainment or being interesting. On the other hand, and this is the point I’ve been cogitating between moments overcome with stage fright, there is a role for beauty and transcendence to be had in worship. This role may not be primarily, the worshipper has his or her own work to do as well, but I do believe the place for beauty, awe, is a necessary one.
Another thing rolling around in my little gray cells is the importance of books in relation to faith. I guess another way to put it is the relation between reason and faith. The trigger for this train of thought came when I saw a column, somewhere, I wish I could remember where, of seven “must read” books by Chesterton. I thought the list interesting and wrote it down the list, do you agree?
- Autobiography (1936).
- Heretics (1905).
- Orthodoxy (1908).
- The Dumb Ox: St Thomas Aquinas (1933).
- The Everlasting Man (1925).
- What’s Wrong with the World (1910).
- Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1906).