It's obvious that I'm on vacation from work, as I have time to sit and start new threads! :)
A week ago, I attended a meeting at my parish about the HHS mandate and our diocescan and parish response.
It was done by the Catholic Medical Association, and we heard a doctor, a lawyer, and a priest give excellent and informative presentations.
As I sat there, I couldn't help but think about all the threads on CAF about dress code, music, chatting before and after Mass, Latin vs. vernacular, etc.
It kind of reminded me of a movie I saw in which the prisoners in a Nazi death camp, while awaiting their execution, were angrily arguing about whether a recipe included one teaspoon or two teaspoons of a certain ingredient.
The priest at our presentation made a passionate plea for parishioners to wake up and smell the coffee. I was totally convicted by what he said, and felt ashamed of myself for getting involved in all the trivialities.
I realize that little trivialities have a way of growing into big issues. I think it's good to nip little sins in the bud (the "little foxes" spoken of in the Song of Songs).
But honestly, it seems that some people think that a parish that sings Marty Haugen songs is a parish that will eventually include liturgical dancing in the Mass, and then eventually embrace open homosexuality and welcome certain politicians to the ambo to co-celebrate with the priests, and of course, they will all be wearing clown costumes.
So what should the parish priorities be? What should our personal priorities be?
I'm kind of leaning towards forgetting all these little issues and trusting that the Holy Spirit will take care of them. Instead, I'm thinking that maybe we should get busy working to rid the U.S. of greater evils that are threatening our Church and will make "dress codes" and "contemporary music" unimportant in a country where Mass will be illegal and be celebrated only in secret locations "underground."
I'm thinking of maybe getting back to the basics--prayer, fasting, regular confession of sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, study of Scripture and Catechism and good sacred books and articles, Adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and of course, the Mass, along with more diligence in doing good works and making holocausts of my personal preferences and comforts.
How about you? Priorities?