“Today there arises the risk of a serpentine secularization even within the Church, which can convert into a formal and empty Eucharistic worship, in celebrations lacking this participation from the heart that is expressed in veneration and respect for the liturgy.” – Benedict XVI
How many Masses have I attended so raucous and irreverent that they might have passed for hootenannies or pep rallies? How many sermons have I heard so stupefyingly insipid that they actually obliterated the message of the Gospel? How many times have I myself been completely focused on the mysterious transformation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ? Ah, well, that’s another question — and the one that really matters. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.