Every summer of my youth was spent on Wisconsin lakes. The highlight was Tomahawk Scout Reservation. I learned a lot. The life of a woodsman for a boy is important.
Pope John Paul II camped every summer from the 1940s until his election in 1978. Always in the gorgeous Tatra mountains near his beloved Krakow. In the Carpathians. Daily Mass was included. When I think of it I can often hear Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd movement. He camped with parish youth.
Camping is cheap and easy and fun. Even if you are a tenderfoot. It contributes to the mental and spiritual development of youth. Don't hesitate.
It was the famous American camper and writer, Stewart Edward White, who often said: "Items of mental and moral equipment you may need will come to you by natural development in the environment to which the wild life brings you."
Romani (Romans) on summer holiday attend Holy Mass here.
Consecrated in 1928.
The architect was Giuglio Magni. Google him.
Since that time, art has taken another turn, refusing to bless human life with anything like a vision of redemption. But at least times are changing as we return to the classical forms.
T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land describes the modern city as a soulless desert. If we can grasp the emptiness of modern life, this is in part because good art and good liturgy (lived and displayed inside and outside the churches) point to another way of being - while inviting us to another place. For beauty in church architecture makes a claim to us: to renounce our narcissism and look with reverence on the divine.
Maria Valdes y Gonzalez, Philosopher, Poet, Artist, Dancer, University
Professor, Harvard Alumnus, and a Pious Catholic and Fervent Defender of
the Catholic Faith. Thank you for your example, Dad. Rest in Peace!"
The first time yours truly met the great Shawn Tribe was in the dark shadows outside the fabled Duomo of Milan. It was a summer evening. I think I had a straw in my mouth as myself and my roommate exited from McDonald's. I was immediately taken by his warm smile and kind demeanor. I remember feeling relieved that he was so kind and pleasant in conversation.
This month we honor him as he takes a break from his immensely popular blog which he founded in 2005.
It was Schiller who once wrote that, "Mankind has lost its dignity, but art has recovered it in significant stones." I sometimes think of this "art" in terms of good liturgy. Oh how we have recovered our lost human dignity through the proper stones of divine worship!
Shawn Tribe has directed us through his gentle blog to the classical templates of sacred liturgy. These same templates affirm what is sempiternal in the midst of change. He has instructed the faithful in the classical grammar of liturgy, which in many ways is a system of composition, a way of building organically, so that detail follows detail and part answers part.
That there are universal and intuitively understood principles which are exemplified in the divine worship of the Church he has made abundantly clear. And this is important. The sacred liturgy, as the Church has given it to us, in the proper sense gives us a set of aesthetic constants to which human nature is attuned. Good liturgy lifts us to another plane of consciousness. The lesson of modernist liturgical urbanism is that ugliness kills. Beauty is important and we need to ask for its return. Thank you for leading the way, Shawn.
Dear brother in Christ, you have done a great service and you are a loyal son of the Church. I could write ad infinitum in your praise. Thank you for the contribution you have made, as a distinguished lay scholar. And I thank you for your friendship and kind words of support over the years. Your labors will continue and the harvest will be plentiful to the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.
You have written and spoken well of the liturgy of the Church!