when is it worth it?

At this point in time, I do not want to contribute any more energy to this issue. There are so many more things to DO and BE…to elevate those who need encouragement, compassion, love and to BE with them so joy can be an experience in their lives. (Chris) 

Thank you for the great comments on recent posts about the revised Roman Missal. The above response from Chris really got me thinking. When is an issue really worth your energy?

We don`t have to look far to find an issue to be passionate about. News stories abound each day that nudge opinions out of us. Sometimes the opinions are lukewarm, forgotten with the reading of the next head-line. If the story affects us personally, our opinions come easily. For example, our Conservative government is presently trying to block threatened strike action by Air Canada flight attendants. Is government intervention unfair to the union, or is it justified in this uncertain economic climate? I have an Air Canada ticket for a trip to Rome in a couple of weeks. I have my own, selfish opinions on the matter.

With some issues, opinions have time to fester and grow; especially if they are rooted in anger. Anger is not always wrong. I love the image of a pissed-off Jesus, overthrowing the money-changers` tables in the temple. He had cause to be angry, and he didn`t hold back. Righteous anger has helped to bring much needed justice and change in our world.

Is the new Roman Missal worth the energy and anger? I suppose it depends if we are scrapping over mere words, or what is perceived as the larger issue behind the process. How will it affect our personal experience with liturgy? Will it draw us closer, leave us lukewarm, or drive us away? Will the majority of folks in the pews even care? Time will tell.

Meanwhile life, with all its daily demands and surprises, goes on. This issue will keep simmering on the back-burner for me. But for now I`m going to follow the wisdom offered by Chris.

2 thoughts on “when is it worth it?

  1. Here is an interesting blog I found on: “America, The National Catholic Weekly”. I guess this raises the question “if not now when?” the issue itself may not be that important.

    What If “Occupy Wall Street” Could Be Attempted in the Catholic Church?
    Author: Tom Beaudoin
    While participating in the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in lower Manhattan, I have begun to wonder what would happen if Catholics took this model and applied it to their passion for and grievances with their own church.
    Imagine a group of Catholics whose deep care for the future of their church is matched by their sense of responsibility to name, protest and change what is intolerable about that church today: in the form of nonviolent physical occupation of spaces, in the form — necessarily imperfect and unruly — of democratic organization, in the form of continued open-ended articulations of visions of a different Catholic Church, without prematurely forcing the movement to take on a specific agenda. And yes, in the form of consciousness-raising and of direct action. This would be the Catholic version of the Arab Spring, to combat the long Catholic Winter.
    What would the compelling love be for you that would make you consider joining such a movement? Would it be your hope for the church as a sacrament of God’s salvation in the world here and now, your faith in the prophetic call of the Spirit that assures a permanently unfinished character to every church arrangement in the name of God’s future alone, or would it be your love for the gift of your faith tradition to which you find yourself inseparably wedded for better and for worse, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health — or something else?
    What would be the last straw that would make you join such a movement? Would it be the episcopal malfeasance and cover up known as the sexual abuse crisis, would it be the steady disaffiliation, deconversion, and detachment of your family members or friends from the faith as church structures, teachings, and practices become steadily more incredible in contemporary society, or would it be the failure of the church to practice in its internal affairs the justice it preaches to the world — or something else?
    Or, like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, would the precipitating awareness that would lead you to join such a movement simply be a recognition of the intractibilty of the the near invisibility, in everyday church governance, of the overwhelming majority (all non-ordained persons) as compared to the small minority (the ordained)?
    Looking at the world and the church in this moment, I would say that now may be some kind of privileged time for such action. Will Catholics take it up?
    Tom Beaudoin, “What If “Occupy Wall Street” Could Be Attempted in the Catholic Church?”

    • Hi Ray,

      BBC radio has a great podcast on the Church in Ireland. I found it on the NCR discussion boards. Irish women protested by simply not attending mass one week!

      [audio src="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/belief/belief_20111003-1700a.mp3" /]

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