Before going down to Vespers last evening, I remarked to Father Benedict that I was far more interested in what the Magnificat Antiphon would be than in the latest tweets about the Synod. I was not disappointed.
The entire reflection on the liturgical providence of God is a good one, and a highly necessary one, especially in this time of Twittering and instant news reports. Should our focus be more on the goings-on of a Synod we have no control over or on the timeless wisdom of our liturgical tradition and heritage? Besides, our only recourse to the goings-on is… prayer! And what better prayer than to pray with the Church through her liturgy, through the breviary and Mass?
JPII once said something along the lines of the “Church needing to breathe with both lungs” (referring to the schismatic Eastern Orthodox), but I think the laity of today would be better off breathing the liturgy in and out to a far-greater extent than we do now, to rely heavily on the Office and the Mass in our day-to-day lives, as those Catholics of old did, as James at the Modern Medievalist tells us,
What is more remarkable, though, is how integral the Office was to the peasants and ordinary lay citizens of the medieval world who were not bound by oath to pray it. Multiple sources attest that it was customary in England before the Protestant Reformation for the people to arrive in church and attend Matins and Lauds before Mass on Sundays.
The closing thought of the good priest at Vultus Christi is a good one, something we ought all take to heart.
There is no need to become all distraught and harried over the doings and undoings in Rome as transmitted and amplified by Facebook, Twitter, and the blogs. Rely rather on the liturgical providence of God to give you, at precisely the right moment, words and wedding garment, medicine and shelter, food and drink.
Of this I am fully persuaded; neither death nor life, no angels or principalities or powers, neither what is present nor what is to come, no force whatever, neither the height above us nor the depth beneath us, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)