Don't get us wrong: missing Mass on Sunday is a grave matter and as Christ is making Himself present in His body and in His blood, we always have every reason in the world to attend Mass daily. However, we can see why Mass attendance and vocations plummeted around 1962 (what happened around that time?) from our attendance this morning at a local Novus Ordo parish.
First, we began by listening to the priest begin the Most Holy Sacrifice by stating that we were celebrating the Trinity today. According to him, that meant that "we don't try to explain it or understand it, just bask in it." Interesting, how can you bask in something that you don't know? Of course, the Trinity is a mystery incomprehensible through human reason. However, we know that it is a mystery precisely because we know something about it. All mysteries have clues. As a matter of fact, we decreed (We believe in the encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ although it might have been On Christian Teaching) that all homilies should have three year cycles that teach the faithful following the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Of course, the doctrine of the Trinity is treated extensively in the catechism, but God forbid the faithful actually learn about Christ at Mass.
After the priest gave a brief homily, he invited Sr. up to offer some reflections of her own even though he has been twice reprimanded by the Bishop for doing so. The theme of Sr.'s talk was asking the question, "When is God?" We found this peculiar since God is outside of time. However, she provided examples stating God is not only when little children play and flowers bloom, but also God is when wives are emotionally abused and sin is committed. We did not understand what she was trying to say. She finally reached the conclusion that there are no definitive answers in life. Well, God is the truth and one who preaches God can never be led astray. We guess Sr. is preaching some other gospel.
Of course, the Mass was still able to be stomached since there was hand holding during the Our Father and rousing hymns such as, "One Bread, One Body" to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. And they even played one of our favorite hymns as a recessional, "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." What is amazing is that they improved this great hymn for us by playing it on the piano! What fun!
Two words: anathema sint.