The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Going to the traditional Roman Mass is like watching clouds go by. It is not exciting but it can be beautiful if you are patient. Real beauty imitates nature, and the Mass is like nature: it is what it is whether you like it or not, whether anyone is watching or not. It is part of the continual cycle of praise in Heaven and on earth even if no one seems to particularily care about it. It is. Nature and liturgy are very much the same.

Roman Catholic liturgical practice since Vatican II has wanted the liturgy to imitate art rather than nature by turning the liturgy into a play or dialogue. But all art seems to be an imitation of nature. A copy of a copy. No wonder it seems so banal.