I’m talking about those who would prefer to worship in an environment void of Sacrament in favor of experience. I’m talking about those who would opt to avoid Liturgy and Sacrifice because, in their estimation–and maybe in their life–they are “just going through the motions.” This is a common refrain among many fallen-away Catholics who seek greener pastures on the other side of the Tiber.
The question orginally posed was meant to initiate discussion about the virtues of “going through the motions,” not to gather critique of my feeble metaphor. :o
And why in the world would anyone rather consider “Spirit soaking” whatever it is rather than St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila?
This is my wonder. I’m trying to flesh out the scenario. Help is appreciated. If the soaking bugs you, ignore it. It means, in less metaphorical terms, the appeal of which many Protestant churches boast contrasting a common perception that the Mass is dry (dry being the opposite of soaked).
We are called to endure going through the motions and dryness of prayer.
I agree. Hopefully, obviously. My hope is that, at some point in this thread, we can move beyond the :eek: and explore the nuances of WHY dryness is grace-filled, profitable, holy, or virtuous.
And from the Doctor and Mother herself, Teresa, anyone feeling “soaked” should probably go to the confessional at once.
Understood. This would probably be my route, especially as a devotee of St. Teresa. However I was hoping through this thread, I could better understand how others, less inclined to read Doctors of the Church, more inclined to rely their human sensitivities, and content with “where they are” in this contemporary landscape of Christianity, find a path that would bring them to the same conclusion.
As in, how does one go from feeling “soaked” to feeling dry, and still feeling they have ascended in Faith and relationship with God? And, more specifically, what are the most effective ways that one can realize that “going through the motions” is not necessarily a vain endeavor?
By the way. . .I am pleased by the responses so far. Thank you!