Pope Benedict XVI is quoted as saying that “I have often affirmed my conviction that the true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth . . . are the saints and the beauty that the faith has generated.” Humans need beauty; our senses long for beauty. Beauty can be a vehicle for holiness, and the arts within liturgy express the beauty that evokes or leads to holiness: signs, symbols, music.

Michael Joncas is a liturgical composer, author, speaker, and professor who has published three books, and more than 100 of his articles have appeared in publications such as Worship, Pastoral Music, and Ecclesia Orans. He has over 20 collections of liturgical music. Fr. Joncas is currently an associate professor in the Department of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.