Sunday, March 11, 2012
I HAD AN INSIGHT THIS MORNING THAT I NEED TO TEST ON YOU TO SEE IF IT IS A GOOD INSIGHT OR NOT
One of the things you hear today from many people, young and old is that they are "spiritual" but they aren't necessarily "religious."
When I hear that, I think that these people are very superficial in only wanting the "spiritual" disconnected from "religion."
But think of how many nominal Catholics went to Mass every Sunday, not only out of obligation, but because they found the quiet Mass and our quiet churches to be "SPIRITUAL!"
Evidently, these nominal Catholics no longer find the Mass, as participative as it is, "SPIRITUAL" so they don't bother to come not only out of a loss of the sense of "obligation" but the loss of the sense of the "spiritual!"
So now we have about 20 to 25 percent of Catholics attending Mass (presumably our most dedicated and committed) and 80% staying home (our most nominal) and finding their "spiritual" elsewhere.
That does make us a smaller and purer Church, but is that what liturgical renewal should have accomplished--the loss of the sense of the "spiritual" for the nominal in our midst and thus the abandonment from the Church and Sunday Mass for the nominal who wanted something that was "spiritual" for them? Is this a "light bulb" moment?