It's just been a draining week... lots to do, getting back into the "swing of things" with homeschooling, yet another ear infection/sinus infection going through the house, blah blah blah.
You know, the usual.
However, it seems that some OTHER bloggers, at least, have had fascinating things to say!
The Internet Monk had a wonderful post on the liturgy. While I would encourage you to read the whole post here, I'll give you just a sample:
Why do post-evangelicals like myself find such a comfort and a shelter in liturgy? Because liturgy refuses to be part of the various rat races that evangelicals conduct under the guise of church growth and evangelism....
Some will always point out that liturgical churches have often gone liberal, while non liturgical churches have a more orthodox view of the Bible. That’s not cause and effect, however; that’s irony. Liberal leaders have hidden behind the liturgy and the Bible, all the while selling the store. Evangelicals have kept the store, but turned it into a Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Let me state that my personal experience with the particular Evangelical church I attended for 10 years did NOT fall into the "Chuck E. Cheese" category; it was a fantastic church filled with people who love the Lord and are devout in their faith. I consider it the greatest privilege to have been a part of that church for those years.
I truly appreciate, however, what he had to say about the liturgy. It's not "flashy" and it doesn't grab your emotions like other services at non-liturgical churches. [Its lack of "excitement" is what caused me -- at least in part -- to leave the Catholic Church in the first place.]
That is also one of its great strengths.
The Mass will not conform to me and my personal tastes. It is I who must change. I do not go to Mass to get a rush, or get all happy-clappy, or to necessarily hear the world's greatest homily. I am there to worship God, pure and simple. If I get a rush of emotion, great, but that is not its purpose nor its goal.
By participating in the Mass I join my voice with the millions of others around the world who are reading the same readings, praying the same prayers, and celebrating the same liturgy. Regardless of what is going on in the world, or in my life, the chorus of praise continues.
That's pretty amazing.
Also, Julie D. over at Happy Catholic had the most incredible quote from St. Augustine, and I simply had to link to it. Scroll down to her "well said" section.