Seeking Continued Rediscovery of Beauty

The continual rediscovery of the beauty of the Liturgy is not the search for a ritual asthetic which is content by only a careful exterior observance of a rite or is satisfied by a scrupulous observance of the rubrics. Obviously, what I am saying here does not wish in any way to approve the opposite attitude, which confuses simplicity with a careless banality, or what is essential with an ignorant superficiality, or the concreteness of ritual action with an exasperating practical functionalism.

Pope Francis, Desiderio Desideravi (Apostolic Letter on the Liturgical Formation of the People of God), n.22