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Books to help you dive into the Mass
Posted By Eric Sammons On June 16, 2011 @ 7:12 am In Books | Comments Disabled
The latest issue of OSV Newsweekly includes an article  I wrote in which I review five books which are intended to help Catholics participate more fully in the Mass:
What’s a surefire way to start a heated discussion among practicing Catholics? Make a comment about the Mass — about the music, the prayers, the homily … or just about any part of the Mass — and you’ll be sure to stir up strong opinions and vigorous debate.
Although such arguments can sometimes denigrate into uncharitable attacks, it is natural that Catholics feel passionate about the Mass; after all, according to the Second Vatican Council, it is the “source and summit” of our lives as Christians. It is both the source of the graces we receive and the summit of the Christian life. It is, quite literally, the most important thing that we can do in this world, and it prepares us for our life in the next world. The Mass is worth feeling passionate about.
These passions are sure to come to the fore again soon as the Church prepares for a new English translation of the Roman Missal, to go into effect Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent. The new translation is more faithful to the original Latin as well as to the biblical sources of the Mass. But, as with any change, it is sure to cause frustrations and even some ill feelings.
As Catholics, we should always take a step back and remind ourselves of the fundamental importance of the Mass, which transcends debates over translations, music and homiletics. Fortunately, a number of books have been published recently that intend to refocus our attention on the Mass and its place in the authentically Catholic life.
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