008-A Proposal of Counter-Intuitive Proportions


A Proposal of Counter-Intuitive Proportions

I comment on a quotation from Annie Dillard most often used to confirm the view that we don[t get what’s going on at Mass: “If we only knew the Mystery we encounter in liturgy…” Well, here’s a second opinion…





  1. roy says:

    Not sure I can agree with you on this one, Roc. Even a community as well engaged as the one Ginny and I are in community with here in Florida – and as they go in this diocese, it’s a pretty vibrant one – fails to evidence their appreciation of what goes on. They allow, without objection, and all the time, music (and that mostly means stuff published in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, to to obliterate the words of offering – which they therefore never hear – “Blessed be you, Lord God of ALL creation. Through your goodness,,,” It’s never heard and therefore never thought about. Never gestured to, with a participating outstretched hand. The symbols are there before them, but they are not challenged to listen to them, watch them, and participate with their heart and mind in. And believe me, the “gas station people” want to beat Perkins by an hour and ten after mass time!


    • Thanks, Roy. Good comments! It seems to me that your parish is not alone at all on that point. Here’s a thought: For me, I see that I still attempt to dull the Mystery we celebrate. I continue to avoid the deeper call, distract myself from being truly present to Christ, and try to get out “Scott Free” from Mass without being touched. It’s just fear. But, in one sense, it seems to me we have ritualized fear of the divine in our liturgies. Hence, to work a variation on the Scottish philosopher, John Macmurray, “our art turns sentimental.” And I’m content with that because I can manage sentimentality. That’s one reason we have “Our Lady of Le Mans” throughout all our dioceses.


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