A priest friend of mine borrowed a book from me called “Turning Towrds the Lord”, a book heavily endorsed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger. Ever since reading the book, he has begun, at least in the local hospital chapel, of turining towards the crucifix during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for doing so. He explained to the faithful that he is not giving his back to them; rather, he is joining them in their posture towards the Lord. Then-Carindal Ratzinger made the same point in his foreword to the book. Furthermore, Ratzinger made a strong argument that nothing in the documents ever prohibited this posture. In fact, carefully reading of the GIRM assumes that this posture was to be maintained, as per our current Holy Father. Ratzinger further argues that this takes away the focus on the priest and returns it to the Eucharist. “He must increase, while I must decrease.”
My friend’s actions have definitely helped to increase the reverence at Mass. Mind you. He is fairly young (just a tad bit under 50) and he’s not into novelty. But, the book really made an impact on him.
Have any of you had this kind of experience?