“Barry Hudock deserves commendation for introducing one of Italy’s most prolific and highly respected theologians to the English-speaking world in such a clear and readable translation.”
— Patrick Regan, OSB (Author of Advent to Pentecost: Comparing the Seasons in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite)
“The translator, Barry Hudock, deserves nothing but praise.”
— Paul Philibert, OP, Worship magazine
“Grillo’s thought processes can often be dense, but here he has been well served by his translator, a former student of his, resulting in a book that, while small, is remarkably clear.”
— Paul Inwood, internationally acclaimed composer of Catholic liturgical music
Andrea Grillo is a highly regarded young scholar of liturgical theology in Italy, a professor at the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm. Beyond Pius V is the first of his books to appear in English.
This book makes an important contribution to the conversation about liturgy in the Catholic Church today. It’s no secret that that conversation has been pretty heated and divisive at times, and Professor Grillo manages to rise above all that in many ways. He argues adeptly that the twentieth-century liturgical movement was originally about forming Catholics to understand the rites they participate in, so that they might be more effectively formed by the rites. That transformed into a reform of the rites themselves because that was rightly seen as a good way of making them more accessible to Catholics, allowing them to be formed by them more effectively. But in the course of that, reform of the rites became everything and we forgot about forming Catholics to understand and live the rites. That, he says, is what has prevented the liturgical movement from bearing the sort of fruit that people 50 years ago hoped that it would bear. Now that the church has reformed its rites, we need to remember that original intention and allow the rites to reform the church. Only when we do that will the liturgy really be the source and summit of the church’s life.
The text includes an unflinching and critical, but always respectful, appraisal of Pope Benedict’s broadening of the availability of the 1962 Missal in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Available from Liturgical Press.
“The translation from Italian is fluid and easy to read.”
— Mark Francis, CSV, Worship magazine
Second Place winner, 2015 Excellence in Catholic Publishing Awards, Resources for Liturgy category
“I am increasingly convinced that the decisive question that demands an answer from us is not so much how believers experience the liturgy, but whether believers live from the liturgy they celebrate.” With these few words Goffredo Boselli captures the essence of this present work.
Believers can celebrate the liturgy throughout their lifetimes without ever really drawing their lives from it. And this is true of all believers—laity, clergy, or monastics. More than a century after the start of the liturgical movement and half a century after the start of the postconciliar liturgical reform, we must ask the difficult question of whether the liturgy has or has not become the source of the spiritual life of believers. For only by living from the liturgy can they receive the nourishment necessary to maintain a life of faith in today’s world.
In The Spiritual Meaning of the Liturgy, Goffredo Boselli—one of Europe’s foremost liturgical theologians—offers an accessible and important guide for both scholars and interested laypeople to understand the meaning that permeates the liturgy and its implications for daily living. Readers will find here a resource to help understand the liturgy more fully, interiorize it more effectively, and live it more authentically.
Available from Liturgical Press.