Sunday, September 05, 2010
This clip from this film has been going the rounds, it just reminds me of my own craving for a Missa Solemnis, I need my regular fix.
It shows with remarkable clarity the nature of "actual participation". The lady has a past which we see in the second part of the clip which leads her to work as an entertainer in a rather "loose" establishment, this is the 1940's, the sophisicated reader or watcher should understand the implications for themselves.
Her tears, her desire to stay and weep, her subsequent confession to the young officer are the result of her encounter with the Holy.
I am sure it was this type of scene that the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council meant by the phrase "participatio actuosa et personalis". Ultimately it is the action of God, working through the rites on the soul.
The writings of Waugh and Greene seem littered with this type of thing, is its absence today due to the writers or to the rites?
Posted by Fr Ray Blake