So spoke Archbishop Piero Marini at this morning's keynote presentation here at the annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Erie, PA.
The archbishop delivered his address in his native Italian; the English translation was projected onto screens on either side of the stage.
He focused on the 50th anniversary of the release of the constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium. His whole point, as noted above, is that the constitution informed and inspired every other document and aspect of the Second Vatican Council. The Archbishop spoke about the constitution not being a document that we look back upon with the nostalgic eyes of history. He told us that in many respects, the constitution precedes us, calling us forward toward deeper renewal.
He talked about the work of Pope Paul VI, a work of moving decentralization of the Church forward, but a work that the pope admitted he could not finish--in a sense that the Church wasn't ready for--; that this work would need to be taken up by someone in the future; a future pope. Archbishop Marini then asserted that with Pope Francis, that particular aspect of the renewal will now move forward.
I, for one, cannot wait to get a copy of this particular presentation; I will let you know how to obtain it as soon as I find out.
Well, at least for this blogger, the election of Pope Francis and the talk I just heard make me feel as if the windows that were thrown open at the Second Vatican Council are still open and the fresh air that is the Holy Spirit is breathing through our Church.
There will be a question-and-answer session with the Archbishop later this afternoon; I will keep you updated.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.