Let's face it, most celebrations of the Ordinary Form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass tend to avoid or obscure Catholic Eucharistic piety and elevate an individualistic pipeline spirituality in its place. Many priests, not well formed in a Catholic ritualistic piety, reach toward the consumeristic, me+Jesus piety of evangelical protestantism to guide their preaching and praying (at the Universal Prayer).
Catholic - intimate loving communion with Jesus Christ and His ChurchProtestant - personal relationship with Jesus
In the Church there is no “do it yourself”, there are no “free agents”. How many times did Pope Benedict “describe the Church as an ecclesial ‘we’”! At times one hears someone say: “I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, but I don’t care about the Church...”. How many times have we heard this? And this is not good. There are those who believe they can maintain a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and the mediation of the Church. These are dangerous and harmful temptations. These are, as the great Paul VI said, absurd dichotomies.—Pope Francis, General Audience (section 3), St. Peter's Square, Wednesday, 25 June 2014.
Ascending the Mount of Beauty.
Holy Communion is the opportunity to allow ourselves to be immersed in the Holy Spirit in order to be immersed in the Holy Trinity. That immersion begins the moment we surrender our weak attempts at a conversation to the silence of God's Presence, a silence wherein God offers his invitation to listen to His Word that He speaks at the centre of every soul docile to the teaching of Christ and His Church. If we fail at silence, God will use other means to attract our attention. Those 'other means' can be disconcerting to the soul who has little immediate room for God's agenda.
Personal faith; public faith. Plan a parade!
Canon 395 §3: (The Bishop) is not to be absent from the diocese on Christmas, during Holy Week, and on Easter, Pentecost, and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, except for a grave and urgent cause.