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*Image: The Foundation Mass of the Trinitarian Order by Juan Carreño de Miranda, 1666 [Louvre, Paris]

By Anthony Esolen and David G. Bonagura, Jr., The Catholic Thing, Dec. 21, 2021

The Mass and Our Unity

Anthony Esolen

Like many people today, I have been thinking about the Holy Mass – and confusion.

In the beginning, God creates the world by circumscription, distinction, separation.  He divides the light from the darkness, and he gives each of them a distinct name.  He says to the sea, “Thus far, and no farther.”  He makes living creatures according to their kinds.  He makes man and woman, male and female.  Certain sins do more than encroach upon the rights of God or one’s neighbor.  They are worse than failures in duty.  They are a kind of anti-creation, confusion, a movement to lapse back into the state of the heavens and the earth before God gave them their forms….

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