Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Renewal: Part I


Renewal.  We all want it, but what does it mean?

There were many movements, especially in the 1980s and 90s, infatuated with this concept of "making all things new."  Magically, felt banners proclaiming: "RENEW" and so-forth somehow were supposed to enrich and enliven.

Now, 30+ years later, we ask, were these "ministries" an embodiment of true liturgical renewal, or simply a fuzzy fad?

Certainly God makes all things new.  Although God is often purposefully mislabeled, with references to Jesus as "I" and "you".  Instead "We" became important, as so many disposable subscription pew books and hymnals continue to propose:
We Are Called
We Are God’s People  
We Are Known and Not Unnumbered
We Are Many Parts / Muchos Miembros Hay
We Are Marching / Siyahamba
We Cannot Own the Sunlit Sky  
We Come to You for Healing, Lord
We Glory in the Cross
We Have Been Told
We hold the death of the Lord
We Praise You, Lord, for Jesus Christ 
We praise you, we praise your holy 
We Remember
We should glory in the cross 
We Sing Your Praise, O Christ 
We Three Kings of Orient Are 
We Walk by Faith
We Walk His Way / Ewe, Thina
We Will Walk with God / Sizohamba  
Departing from the failed attempt of an egocentric view, one is instead reminded of Pope St. Pius X's motto on the same, but Christo-centric holy theme:
Instaurare Omnia in Christo (To Restore all things in Christ!)
This is true RENEWAL!  Christ centered. Christ needs to return to the center of our renewal.  With this in mind, we can turn toward a true understanding of the term, by analyzing the definition and practice...

Do you still see felt banners, figuratively and/or literally?