I just had an “ah ha” moment today as I was watching a series of Youtube videos on the Taize services. The Taize service is NOT THE Mass. Yet the Taize Mass has features and dynamics that simplify the focus of worship to the Lord without much else to disturb the concentration.
The Taize service helps us to find a way to deepen our faith, love, experience to accept Jesus as the man and Jesus as the Christ or Cosmic Jesus if you will. It provides a cultural, artistic manner in which to focus one’s soul. It is a form that is not for everyone…but what I think that the services arising from the Charismatic Movement, the Taize service, Ignatian spirituality, Fransiscan spirituality, Opus Dei, etc., are all complimentary strategies to deepen the soul…it focuses to a degree on “us” and we experience the deepening of our faith.
These services allow us to then focus on the central function of our mass and that is the remembering, reliving and renewing the actual and remember sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins or finite nature and limits as humans. The taize services etc., allow us to grow, to become more sensitive, to continually be converted and to continually fall in love.
It is those complimentary and spiritually nourishing strategies, services, etc., that I am talking about when I talk about making greater utilization of aboriginal spirituality. The Aboriginal Catholic community is free to develop devotional services, sacramentals, honour our own saints like Tekakwitha, etc., as a way of growing up as individuals and allowing us to focus - with the rest of our global catholic family - on the work of redemption that Jesus has done for all of us.
trickster (Aboriginal Symbol of Transformation - or Conversion)