- Elizabeth Scalia (the Anchoress)
I love this. In one small phrase is summed up everything that I have long thought about the overtly emotional, abandoned swooning that goes on in church under the guise of 'feeling' the Spirit. It is disconcerting, embarrassing, and silly and it bespeaks small faith I think.
It is part and parcel of the mindset that announces that they 'didn't get anything' out of the homily/service/music in church that morning. They forget - we aren't there to GET something, but to GIVE something; our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. We receive everything in the Eucharist - Christ himself, body, blood, soul, and divinity. Why would anybody require more than that?
Mass is NOT an entertainment although today you would be excused during some liturgical deviations for thinking that it is. Spectacle is not in it folks. The ultimate spectacles were the Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, and anything we produce with bad ersatz ballet, puppets, clowns, rewording of prayers, or the like, does NOT add one jot to the original realities. They are rather pathetic excuses for showboating and 'oh look how holy am I' antics.
God has given us himself. It is so much more than enough.
|We cannot outdo this spectacle!|