-Henri de Lubac, The Splendour of the Church, 109-110
18 June 2007
On the Liturgy
The Catholic Liturgy is luminous in its very mysteries, balanced and respectful in its very magnificence; everything in it is ordered, and even that which calls most strongly to our being at the level of the senses comes by its meaning only through faith. Its fruit is joy but the lesson it teaches is one of austerity; the sacrifice which is its centre is a symbol and representation of the passion of the Lord, and the sacrament of His sacrifice, and the memorial of His death. Through the communion which is its consummation it feeds us on His Cross, and it would be of no value if it did not bring about interior sacrifice in all those who take part in it.