Michael nails it again!
Here’s a transcript of the video:
We’ve received quite a bit of email, and Facebook comments, the vast majority of it sympathetic, about the theme we stressed last week in a couple of Vortex episodes about the lack of tradition in the Church these days.
Meaning of course the ignoring or downplaying or marginalizing of Catholic tradition – small T tradition.
And there is a host of things which used to be Catholic identity markers which just no longer are.
An easy comparison popped to mind recently continuing along this theme.
If we think of the Church as like a house – a powerful structure built upon a solid foundation and none of that changes – CAN’T change in fact – that’s a good start.
Now … let’s assume some in the house want to change some things around. So they start by rearranging the furniture a little bit here and little bit there. Nice change of pace you say to yourself.
Then they go a little further and toss out some of the furniture and get new stuff – doesn’t exactly match the old wallpaper and paint, but hey, we can live with it for a while right?
But, the carpeting needs to go. And while we’re at it – might as well get some new paint up there and how about some new drapery as well.
Of course, things have changed quite a bit as far as style since the last time we did this – new types of couches and chairs, they don’t quite fit in the old configuration – SOOO, let’s move that wall a few feet back.
But of course, that means the room on the other side of the wall also needs some fix up now.
So here’s the question – at what point does the house stop feeling like the old house and start feeling like a new one?
It is of course the SAME house, but what about when it no longer FEELS like the same house – doesn’t how someone FEELS in a house count for something, anything?
This is where many people are in regards to the state of affairs in the Church today … it just doesn’t FEEL very Catholic anymore.
The songs are different, the artwork is miserable, the space doesn’t even feel like it’s designed to worship God, many of the actions are different – the list is virtually endless.
At some point, while the address remains the same – the house itself just doesn’t feel like the comfortable home it used to be.
And maybe that’s the distinction – all the modifications and rearranging of furniture and fresh paint and new drapes and so forth, all of that may make it LOOK like a new and freshly updated house, but the house just doesn’t FEEL like home.
The Church is our home, not just a house – and this extremely important point is what seems to be missed by so many many blasé lukewarm Mass going Catholics and priests and bishops these days.
There are lots of Catholics who want their HOME back. They want the familiar smell of incense, the glow of candles and the gentle gaze of a Sacred Heart statue – not deafening chatter, off-key electric guitars tuning up and an almost total absence of the sacred.