A holy priest sent me the link to this blog post at Virtuous Planet. The author makes an excellent case for the truth of Beauty, a truth that necessarily compels the soul towards God. Rather than excerpt it, I urge you to read the entire post here and then come back. I’ll wait.
OK? This is one of things that most strongly draws me to the “conversion style” (this phrase is obviously inadequate but you’ll get my gist) of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Salesian in its approach, Benedictine in the focus on liturgy, and Thomistic in content, the Institute primarily attracts by its attention to beauty in all facets of the Catholic life.
More generally, this is why the traditional Mass, or the Extraordinary Form as it is called, will always attract souls to God and bring about the sanctification of Catholics far better– far, far better– than the Ordinary Form. The soul is lost in the beauty and transcendence of it; the soul needn’t contribute to the cacophony of or endure the relatively poor didactic tone of the Ordinary Form. One meets the beautiful, and therefore one meets God.
As cult informs culture, so too will the restoration of our ancient liturgy, handed down by our spiritual fathers and shaped by the Holy Ghost, renew and restore the culture of our world. Yes, the process will take time, and time is running out. But no other way will serve.
St. Michael the Archangel, Defender of Holy Mother Church, pray for us.