If liturgy is to survive or even be completely renewed, it is essential that the Church be rediscovered. I add: if people’s estrangement is to be overcome, if they are to find again their true identity, it is indispensable that they find again their true identity, it is indispensable that they find again the Church that is not a misanthropic institution, but the new we in which alone the I can acquire its foundation and its security. It would be salutary, in this connection, to read again with great thoroughness the little book with which, in the last year of Vatican Council II, Romano Guardini, the great pioneer of liturgical renewal, concluded his literary output. He wrote this book, as he himself stresses, in a spirit of anxiety and love for the Church whose humanness and danger he perceived all too well. But he had learned to discover in her humanness the scandal of God’s becoming man; he had learned to see in it the presence of the Lord, who made the Church his body. Only because this is so does Jesus Christ coexist with us. And only then is there a genuine liturgy that is not just a remembrance of the Easter mystery, but its true presence.
From: L’Osservatore Romano 16, no.6 (1986), pp.10ff.