Get your feet off the liturgical furniture!
Those who promote distortions of the Liturgy—especially those who do so consciously—are promoting acts of vandalism against the Church's heritage. Furthermore, liturgical abuse attacks Christ in the Liturgy. Liturgical abuse attacks the Groom, the Spouse of the Bride of Christ, the Church.
The Mass and Jesus Christ are identified. Christ is present four ways in the Divine Liturgy:
- in the person of the priest acting in persona Christi;
- in Holy Scripture;
- in the congregation gathered in His name (St. Matthew 18:20);
- and most sublimely in the Most Holy Eucharist!
The Four-fold Presence of Christ
For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves.—1 Corinthians 11:29
Feet off the table. Hands off the Liturgy.
If priests and bishops desire people to live holier lives in communion with Jesus and the Church, perhaps they had better spend more energy in fostering deeper reverence for the sacred Liturgy and introduce Jesus in the Holy Eucharist to people who have little sense of the sacred. People who know Jesus is Present in the Sacred Liturgy are, if experience is any indication, more likely to be committed Christians.
Given the above premise, is it fair to wager that those who love the Liturgy (more than their brothers and sisters in Christ) probably behave better inside and outside their parish church? Is it accurate to state that lovers of the Holy Liturgy love Christ and the Church more than their lesser compliant brothers and sisters? If so, then why not focus attention on the "source and summit of the Christian life", i.e., the Holy Eucharist, as the compass which points the New Evangelization in the right direction and as the magnet which draws souls to Christ?
Where the Liturgy is loved and celebrated faithfully, that is, truly faithfully, not conveniently according to ambiguous "pastoral sensitivities" and ill-formed tastes, vocations flourish, faith deepens and miracles occur. If the miracle of Transubstantiation is overlooked, marginalized, forgotten or rejected, then a parish in which some or all of the abuses imaginable which regularly take place has become nothing more than a religious social club.
"was built from the timbers of the HMS Resolute and was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes. It is considered a national treasure and icon of the presidency."—tonyrogers.comDisrespect is as disrespect does. Poor character is as poor character does.
Get your metaphorical feet off the Liturgy!