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Oh, and on the Catholic Passion..

There’s an interview with David Scott up over at Godspy. Many good points, including this one:

Reading your book, the beauty and richness of the faith comes across clearly. But in the daily experience of many Catholics, the experience of the Church, especially in her liturgical life, is empty and formal. What do you say to those who say they’re "not being fed" in the Catholic Church?

I’m probably the wrong person to ask. There’s a lot of grumbling among Catholics about the liturgy. Some folks complain that the homily is bad and the hymns are lousy. Others say they don’t get anything out of Mass, because it’s just rote ritual. I don’t have any patience for any of this talk. All I can ever say is that I am the biggest liturgical abuse I find in every Mass I attend. I’m the only empty thing I find in every Mass. It’s me who comes to Mass far less than fully prepared to meet my Maker. It’s my mind that rambles while the priest is up there praying on my behalf. Is it the priest who’s just going through the motionsor is it me?

Everybody expects the Mass to deliver the goods. But we forget that love is an exchange of gifts, and that in every Mass, God expects us to deliver ourselves to him, toototally, completely.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 9:34 am

Nice perspective. Its about a little thing we like to call covenant. And the mass is our covenantal meal.
(I read that somewhere… Scott Hahn I believe)
It all boils down to “I will be your God and you will be my people”. But are we holding up our end?

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posted August 30, 2005 at 9:41 am

> “I am the biggest liturgical abuse I find in every Mass I attend.”

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frank sales

posted August 30, 2005 at 9:52 am

Nice. It’s a modification of the story (apocryphal?) of the newspaper essay contest. The topic was “What’s wrong with this world?”. The winner: “I am”.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 9:52 am

I really liked this. That man is humble. :)

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frank sales

posted August 30, 2005 at 10:03 am

Small world. Just followed Amy’s link to the Anchoress where this story is referred to in a book review. Real story. The winning submission was by, of course, G.K. Chesterton.

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John J. Simmins

posted August 30, 2005 at 1:31 pm

I am standing in my cubicle and applauding!

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Gerard E.

posted August 30, 2005 at 2:10 pm

Tremendous interview. Tremendous wisdom and humility. Tremendously intimidating to read- to match those standards. Tossup as to which book will be more necessary to read in the near future- Mark Shea’s upcoming magnum opus on the Blessed Mother, or this one. Decisions, decisions…..Oh… Holy Spirit…….

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