This thread makes me sad but I know that there are a lot of people who feel that the Church is stagnant. I guess I would have to reply that those who do feel that way, do not really understand what we are doing at mass. There is no experience on earth that I am aware of that is more profound or more awesome than receiving the Eucharist. Those who are bored may not believe in the Real Presence and they are therefore immune to the magnitude of what is going on in the Mass.
To be honest, those that I have talked to who really, truly believe in the Real Presence are not the least bit bored. They know that we come to Church to worship the Lord as He desires to be worshipped–in spirit and truth (Jn 4:23) and with a pure offering to God (Mal 1:11). The mass is not about our entertainment as has already been stated.
That being said, it is clear that some priests have “got it” when delivering a homily and some don’t. That is a shame, of course, and although a thought provoking homily is desired, that is still not why I go to Church. I go there to be with Jesus, and he is definately the “living water” not the “stagnant water”.
To Mrs. Abbott–I’m sorry to hear your not happy. Since you don’t have a definitive reason for your unhappiness, I would venture to guess you are going through some spiritual aridity. This is very common–even among saints. I don’t know how to describe it exactly, but for me, it comes in waves. First I will be totally on fire and then will come a lull, where I don’t feel like praying or reading the Bible like I used to. I still go to Church every Sunday, sometimes more, but the zeal is gone. I don’t know if this kind of thing is a temptation from the evil one or not, but I when this happens to me I try to take action. I force myself to go to frequent confession and I pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament. And I’ll tell you another thing, everytime I have fervently prayed for an end to aridity, the Lord has given me a boost–much bigger than I deserve, I’m sure. Either a vision or an answered prayer–something that shows He is still right by my side. What an awesome and glorius God!!
Perhaps spiritual dryness is not the case with you. Maybe there is some disagreement you have with a teaching of the Church? If so, I urge you to pray about it and study the issue carefully. Know that you brothers and sisters in Christ will be praying for you!!