I don’t know if anyone else has experience this, but what is the point between veneration and religous dogmatism? I’m not expecting an answer, and I am sure there is a different one for different people.
But what is the point between rigidity at mass and joy? An example would two people quietly chatting before mass, while someone near them is getting mad because they are talking.
Or, someone getting mad about people not wearing dressy clothes to mass on Sundays.
Or another, people being allowed to receive the Blessed Sacrament on the hands, as opposed to only on the tongue.
I struggle with not becoming too uptight in regards to ‘Church etiquette’ or mass virtue, while at the same time not wanting the mass to devolve into something which is disrespectful, or degrading.
One of my personal things is how people no longer kneel during the consecration. I do it out of reverence I suppose, as Indianna Jones said, “Kneel before God”. But at the same time, I hope to lead by example as opposed to confronting people about this.
I guess the above statements are just examples of the main quesiton I have of where to draw the line between dogmatism and piousness? Being too dogmatic and ‘holy’ can hinder a relationship with God, as well as going down the other way.