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Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Mass and the Road to Perfection

Sometimes, an idea is merely the combination of two other ideas. This is what happened today when I was listening to a history of the Mass talk this morning. The priest pointed out that in the TLM, we have the movement of the liturgy from purification, the beginning of the Mass with the Lord have mercy, and the and the forgiveness of venial sins, to the enlightenment, that is the reading of the Kyrie, Confiteor, Epistle, Gospel and the sermon, and the movement to union, which is Communion.

Bingo! Note that this is the same movement of the progress of holiness: purification, enlightenment and union in the Mass, correspond with the states of Purification, or Purgation, Illumination, and Union.

Why is it that no one has pointed out this overlap of the movements of the Tridentine Mass is a mini-teaching and movement of our entire life.

This is why those who go to Latin Mass move more quickly into a deeper spirituality than those who go to the Novus Ordo Mass. Those who go know this has happened to them and their children. I am going to pursue this path of study more deeply and see how much of a comparison I can make of this.

Would not God allow the Latin Mass to be a small, weekly, if not daily movement of the entire Catholic's life call to holiness? I am going to write a paper on this.

To be continued....