National Catholic Register


Glad Tidings of Liturgical Beauty and Joy

BY Dan Burke

| Posted 12/30/12 at 12:35 PM


In St. Ignatius’ eighth rule of discernment he admonishes us that when we are in desolation we should comfort ourselves that we “will soon be consoled.” And so it is that on the final leg of our vacation trip home we encountered a jewel of Catholic worship in Dallas, Texas. As God in His providence obviously provided, we selected a parish purely based on our interest in the beautiful architecture and convenience of location. He had much more in store for us than we could have ever anticipated. 

The Church truly was stunning. Adding to the beauty was the delightful surprise of a faithful liturgy. Here’s my litany of what was done right to balance against the lament of my last post “Tidings of Discomfort and Liturgical Abuse.”

As you might expect, the environment was transcendent and a powerful draw of the heart to a disposition of worship. So much so that my children remarked that they were not distracted and my wife was moved to tears at the communion rail.

If you live in the Dallas area or are traveling through, please don’t miss the 7:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on 6306 Kenwood Avenue. If you would like to get a taste of the music and environment, here’s a Youtube link for your enjoyment.

This is a great example of how the Mass can and should be as guided by the wise and beautiful boundaries of the magisterium of the Church.

God’s blessings to you on the Feast of the Holy Family.