Tuesday, January 6, 2015
WHAT DOES THE COVERED BOX IN FRONT OF THE MANGIFICENT HIGH ALTAR TELL A PRACTICING CATHOLIC AND SOMEONE WHO IS NOT CATHOLIC?
This magnificent Church of St. Ignatius in Manhattan is where Governor Cuomo was canonized. We won't get into the banalities of the funeral Mass or its music as I didn't watch the Mass.
But let's just talk about the photo of the church filled with those who came to pray for the immortal soul of Gov. Cuomo.
It is stunningly beautiful. But look at the free standing altar and the original altar behind it. If you were to ask some of the congregation at this funeral which was the most impressive of the two, which one do you think they would say.
Now ask a 16 year old who grew up with the EF Mass and then one Sunday came in for Mass facing the congregation for the first time and seeing the box in front of the main altar. What impressions would that convey to him?
The high theology of Christ and the Mass has been reduced to something pedestrian, banal and not as important. What took place on that high altar was more important than what takes place on the lower one. The Mass was demoted as was its theology and doctrine (protest as you may that it wasn't, the sign and symbols say it was)!
Can this explain some of the reasons why so many Catholics don't take the Mass seriously anymore?