Liturgy and Spirituality Author:Gabriel M. Braso, OSB After defining spirituality as "the particular way of connecting and of realizing the ideal of the Christian life," the author shows that the church has her own spirituality, which supplements her teaching authority. Although it welcomes the spiritualities usually associated with the various religious orders, still this spirituality of the chur... more »ch "must suffice to satisfy completely any aspiration to sanctity," and its pedagogical method "must be objectively the most perfect, the easiest and the most universal."
This spirituality of the Church the author calls "liturgical," and his aim is to make his readers appreciate the liturgy not only as the Church's official worship, but also as the food and the norm of the Christian's spiritual life. His exposition goes into the fields of history, speculative theology and practical suggestions for pastoral action. On this last point he is well aware fo the great distance to be covered between the present almost universal indifference or misunderstanding and the desired full, intelligent particiaption in the liturgy; and he urges his reader to go through his exposition from the beginning and master the theory before consdiering the few practical suggestions.« less