Saturday, August 12, 2006

A liturgical principle...

  1. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3:30)
  2. "He" = God in his fullness, including his saving works, manifested in particular creation through a ritual of natural beauty (the declension of His supernatural beauty), structured by an apostolic and hierarchic Church, expressed through all means available to a given people, accessible to their active participation (i.e., the complete investment of their subjectivity) while always eluding the grasp of the delusion of private possession and manipulation.
  3. "I" = Our autonomous selves, any part of ourselves that would seek to create its own meaning apart from God, or reach God by a Promethean grasp or Romantic "intuition"; all desire for personal recognition or credit, and for attainment of any goal (no matter how lofty and good) not essentially and directly connected to the worship of God the Father.

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