Friday, July 18, 2008

Oh no. I heard some youths cheering when the pope started to say the prayer to close the end of the first station of the cross. I think Benedict XVI is doing his best to discourage the papal celebrity cult, but it still exists.

Edit. As they make their way to the second station, the commentator just noted that some were starting to cheer and clap for the pope as he started moving, but he put up his hands to foster silence and solemnity. Wonderful!

Youthful exuberance, enthusiasm, energy are all good in a certain way, but still need to be tempered through reason. This is what youth leaders, ministers and priests need to keep in mind and give the guidance they need so that they can mature into 'adults,' rather than indulging them in their 'adolescence.'

Virtue, not just spirit.

And what a contrast between the music for the stations and the official theme of WYD!

Edit: The music for the third station remains me of the background music for a biblical epic movie. Now, perhaps when staging a reenactment of the stations of the cross with actors, these sorts of theatrics may be perceived to be necessary by the producers, but... I think this highlights the problem with this form of the stations, and the mindset behind WYD. The Passion of the Christ is a movie and meant to be such; any meditation it inspires it does so as a movie. But the stations of the cross is meant to be a [paraliturgical] prayer service. What is proper to a movie [or play] is not appropriate for a prayer service.

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