Sunday, December 09, 2007

Spiritual Equilibrium




But a German sociologist’s investigation of a large suburban parish in 1960 provides an example of the relatively objective testing possible. As Flanagan comments,
Many of the subjects reported that they came to Mass to find a space in which to re-establish their spiritual equilibrium, the calmness of the rite – a re-iterated notion – giving a context in which they could adjust the proportions of an often confused existence.

Aidan Nichols OP
Looking at the Liturgy.
p66-7

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mac McLernon said...

I noticed your return last week... welcome back, we really missed you!

9:32 PM  
Anonymous berenike said...

that's the Oxford Oratory, innit?

6:18 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Sure is.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Benfan said...

Aidan Nichols is one great faithful writer. I heard a priest describe him as ultra trad. I thought he was just Catholic, any comment?

9:31 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Faithful to the Magisterium - respectful of J Ratzinger as a theologian, loyal to him as Pope. Thoughtful on the 'Clash of Civilizations'. Not sure what he priest's problem was, then.

There is an interesting anecdote about him and Herbert McCabe which illustrates neatly the gulf between Dominicans of his and Radcliffe's ilk and the great Nichols. I'll share it some day when I am sure of its vericity.

3:33 PM  

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