There has been a collective cry of pain in the Catholic blogosphere lately over the sorry state of the liturgy in most American parishes. Father Stephanos and Amy Welborn have both contributed mightily to the ongoing discussion.
I wanted to highlight Father Stephanos' breathtaking point of view, though. He points out that at the end of His life, Jesus had precious few people who were there trying to comfort and mourn for Him--the Blessed Mother and a few other women, and John the Apostle. They were below the cross, gazing up at Jesus.
What was going on around them? Chaos. Disrespect. Horror. Yet they stayed. They prayed. They persevered.
The next time we are distracted or discouraged at Mass, let's think of those few who kept vigil with Jesus no matter the distractions.
Let us remember what is really going on at Mass.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of time.Is it so surprising, really, that the Church--the people in the Church, rather--are so flawed and sinful? Perhaps the surprise is that the Church has survived in spite of us all.
That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.