Sunday, August 30, 2009

The itch to simplify and rationalize

This post from Fr Ray Blake brought to mind the great interstate highways that now cut through the heart of Indianapolis. They were laid down in the 50s and 60s, that era in which the old was seen fit only for destruction, the better to put something new, simple and rational in its place. Nevermind the old neighborhoods and parishes that simply disappeared overnight, old communities bulldozed and cut in pieces. Now, as you drive across Indy at 70 mph, you see the scarred stump-ends of forgotten streets, neighborhoods and yards pass by. Seems rather like what happened to our liturgy around the same time.

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