Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Beautiful as it is

A story is told of Cardinal Kaspar, who heads the Vatican Congregation for Dialogue with other religions. He recently attended a Greek Orthodox service. Some of you may know that their services go on for a very long time.

Afterwards the celebrant said to him, "I hope that you were not bored".

The Cardinal replied, "No, not at all".

"It did not go on too long for you then? Perhaps you think we might modernise it or make it simpler", the celebrant asked.

"No", replied the Cardinal. "It should stay exactly as it is. It is very beautiful".

So the celebrant said, "So why did you do all that you have done to your Mass then"?

- excerpt from homily given at a Mass on the Isle of Wight

Pretty illustrative, no?

2 Comments:

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Anonymous norman said...

This illustrates how tragic the situation now is.

Thu Nov 17, 03:10:00 pm 2005  

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