Our times are crying out for a new renaissance—a new blossoming of timeless truth, beauty, and goodness. It is our turn to carry the torch of salvation into the darkness of our world like the giants who came before us—from Saint Paul to Saint John Paul the Great—and to illuminate the world with heavenly grace. It is time for Catholics to be culture-makers once more. And it all begins with the way we worship.
The Church gives us an amazing analogy to help us understand the place of the liturgy in the life of the Church: it is the “summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed” and at the same time it is the “font from which all her power flows” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 10).
This analogy, if we pause to ponder it, gives us a vivid picture of the whole of the Church’s life and mission. And it shows us how all things — flowing from the liturgy and leading back to it — can work together for the glory of God, the sanctification of the faithful, and the transfiguration of the world with the Light of Christ.
Elevating the liturgy in our parishes means placing the liturgy, and our participation in it, in its rightful place upon the heights — at the summit of all that we do.
Set apart and placed on the mountaintop, the liturgy can become the life-giving font of everything else that we do — serving the poor, engaging with the culture, evangelization, catechesis, private prayer and devotion, asceticism, etc. — and serve as the goal of it all.