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Excerpts: Recreating Tradition: Beliefnext

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   Statues, Notre-Dame de Reims, Reims, France

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quoteThe essential beliefs don’t change; mystery doesn’t disappear. The Trinity, Incarnation, Resurrection, and Eucharist aren’t suddenly going to morph into something explicable by science. But how do we understand them today? More importantly, how do we authorize them so they guide how we think and act? How do we enable the tradition to recreate itself in the modern world?

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Is it possible to imagine a religion that is truly rational, that resonates with everything we know about God’s creation from science, history, sociology, and psychology, and that is the unifying paradigm into which both heart and mind can fit? Is it possible to imagine a religion that would also enable us to see the world in sacred terms, that offers a path to the transcendent, that allows us to experience sacred space on a regular basis, that gets us back into the habit of marking the passage of the hours and the days as people have for thousands of years, that offers community in the here and now as well as a connection with all who have gone before, and that encourages us to live our lives from the full depth of both our hearts and our minds?

I don’t know why we should settle for anything less.

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When it comes to figuring out the meaning and purpose of life, the traditions of faith have something very important to tell us. And let’s face it, Catholicism has gotten a lot right over the past two thousand years. We have a distinctly Catholic philosophy and theology. We have a rich artistic, musical, and liturgical tradition. We have chants. We have gorgeous buildings. We have an ancient language. Why fall in love with fake Latin at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts when you can fall in love with the real thing in a cathedral? We have bells. We have smells. And, clearly, we have the best hats. If this heritage is lost, the world is going to be a much more dull and confusing place.

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