A cardinal observed not too long ago that “Something very strange has happened in recent years: Christians have lost touch with heaven. Of the desire for heaven, our heavenly home, we hear hardly a word. It is as if Christians have lost the orientation that for centuries defined the direction of our journey. We have forgotten that we are pilgrims and that the goal of our pilgrimage is heaven. Connected with this is another loss: we largely lack the awareness that we are on a dangerous pilgrim path and it is possible for us to miss our goal. To put it bluntly, we do not long for heaven; we take it for granted that we will get there. This diagnosis may be exaggerated, but I am afraid it is essentially true.
If I could tell the good cardinal the reason for his astute observation can be traced directly to the unprecedented shift in the direction, theology and beauty of the Catholic Mass in the Ordinary Form as compromising Catholics' desire for heaven and having LOST THE ORIENTATION THAT FOR CENTURIES DEFINED THE DIRECTION OF OUR JOURNEY, I would show His Eminence these photos:
The first set of photos do absolutely nothing but contribute to the LOSS OF THE ORIENTATION THAT FOR CENTURIES DEFINED THE DIRECTION OF OUR JOURNEY:
Whereas the loss of this orientation in the Mass below has led to “Something very strange having happened in recent years: Christians have lost touch with heaven. However when you look at the way Mass is celebrated today in the above pictures and what was abandoned in the below pictures, in actuality THERE IS NOTHING STRANGE ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN RECENT YEARS, CATHOLICS LOSING TOUCH WITH HEAVEN AND WHAT ORIENTED THEM TO IT!
DETERMINING WHY CATHOLICS ARE LOSING TOUCH WITH HEAVEN IS A NO BRAINER! JUST LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!