National Catholic Educational Association Bulletin Volume 14

National Catholic Educational Association Bulletin Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: the intensive preparation we give the children for Confirmation and Communion. The time consumed is about the same, but how different in matter and in manner. With us it is school, with them it was worship. With us the children are taught the anatomy of a skeletonized theology; with them they learned how to walk with Christ, how to believe with the Centurion, how to hope_ against hope with Abraham, how to love with John, how to lift up their eyes to the mountains with the prophets, how to mourn with Jeremias, how to repent with David, how to be glad and to rejoice with all the sweet singers of Israel. It is true that we at the end of our preparation wisely forget theology, and for a few days give ourselves to pure religion in a retreat; and I am fully convinced we do more for the children in these hours of silence and worship than we did in all the long weeks of catechism. People may call me temerarious in criticizing what is so widespread a custom amongst us, but I think we would come closer to the mind of the Church if we thought of our Scrutinies less as a school and more as acts of worship. As far as the Mass is concerned, my experience is, that on the contrary, it is hardly ever considered as instruction, barring. of course, the sermon, but entirely as worship and devotion. The injunction of the Council of Trent quoted above is honored more in the breach than in the observance. And there is good reason for it because the priest has nothing to build on. The liturgical knowledge of the ordinary layman is confined to the moving of the book and the ringing of the bell. Let us be just, however, to our people and to ourselves. The circumstances in the old days were far different from ours. In the first place the candidates were adults, more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944852
  • 9781236944856