The impetus for this blog of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy emerges from a letter written by the theologian Romano Guardini on the liturgical renewal of the Church:

The question is whether the wonderful opportunities now open to the liturgy will achieve their full realization; whether we shall be satisfied with just removing anomalies, taking new situations into account, giving better instruction on the meaning of ceremonies and liturgical vessels or whether we shall relearn a forgotten way of doing things and recapture lost attitudes. [1]

We are concerned with “this forgotten way of doing things,” a way of living inspired by liturgical practice. As such, we are interested in exploring the way that liturgical prayer can transform the daily practices of life while also being attentive to how notions of human flourishing present within culture actually make the liturgical life difficult.

As such, this blog thinks about the liturgy through the lens of politics, technology, aesthetics, social theory, and culture. At times, there will be disagreements among the contributors about these concerns. But, we all share in common a belief that frequent participation in the Church’s liturgy is  a rich resource for living a meaningful life in the modern world.

See these posts for a fuller vision of what we mean by Oblation:

What is Oblation?

We’re Changing a Fair Bit: Young Adults and Undergraduate Fellows

[1] Romano Guardini, “A Letter from Romano Guardini,” Herder Correspondence (August 1964), 239.

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