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Love in the Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith Anne M. Larson

Love in the Ruins: Modern Catholics in Search of the Ancient Faith

Anne M. Larson

Published February 1st 2009
ISBN : 9781892331663
Hardcover
181 pages
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 About the Book 

Preface:Nearly five years ago I attended the Tridentine Latin Mass for the first time. In an incense-filled moment, I found the Faith that shaped Western Civilization and changed the course of human history. It seemed like an altogether differentMorePreface:Nearly five years ago I attended the Tridentine Latin Mass for the first time. In an incense-filled moment, I found the Faith that shaped Western Civilization and changed the course of human history. It seemed like an altogether different religion from much of mainstream Catholicism, which had been ravaged by sex scandals, declining vocations, liturgical abuse, heretical catechesis, cafeteria Catholicism, loss of faith, and more- a disturbing but undeniable reality for a Protestant who had converted to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church- a Church that had been radically altered in the brief span of my own lifetime. The Latin Mass and the teaching and practices emanating from it (sometimes called “traditional Catholicism”) were the means by which I discovered the fullness of my Catholic Faith, which had until then been obscured from my view.Every Catholic who has found refuge in the traditions of the Church has a story. One doesn’t end up at the Latin Mass by accident. When I was making the transition to traditional Catholicism, stories of how other people had found their way to the Latin Mass fascinated me–and still do. Their stories helped me to articulate my own experience and make sense of the confusing ecclesiastical landscape. Thus the idea for this book was born.The narratives that follow are written by Roman Catholics who have discovered or rediscovered the riches of the ancient liturgy and traditions of Holy Mother Church, powerful anecdotes to the ecclesiastic and liturgical crises of our day. They are accounts of conversion, “reversion,” and simple fidelity to the Faith throughout the religious and cultural upheaval that followed in the wake of Vatican II. Many of the contributors to this book suffered for years from theological dissent and liturgical abuse in their parishes, parochial schools, and Catholic universities- some grew up in tradition but refused to participate in the post-conciliar revolution- some, like me, were converts to the Faith- and all were inexplicably drawn to the beauty and mystery, the truth and holiness of the centuries-old sacrifice of the Mass. Perhaps most importantly, these are stories of what Evelyn Waugh has called the “operation of Grace…the unmerited and unilateral act of love by which God continually calls souls to Himself.”Many thanks to my daughter, Kate, for her invaluable editorial assistance, to my family for their encouragement and support, and to the contributors for sharing their stories.Anne M. Larson