Everything Changes, Even the Catholic Church

I went to church at least once a week since the day of my conception through my nineteenth year of life. Although I have no memory of originally hearing or saying “and also with you”, the response became a reflex.  If you plopped me in a pew while I was in a coma, the priest could give his cue and “and also with you” would pass my lips before my next belabored, artificial breathe.

The forced proximity of working in and living above a church for one college semester made me emotionally tired of genuflecting. Sleeping in and Yoga gradually replaced the Sunday morning tradition. Beyond Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas, there are a few other occasions that I Google Saint-Something-or-Other’s PDF bulletin for mass times.

At church, I know the drill. Actually, I am a pro. I can sit, stand and kneel the shit out of that ceremony. I don’t feel like a pro in life. I don’t know how to respond or which direction to turn or how others seem to navigate so easily while I struggle. Shouldn’t there be some standard procedure for this? Some book I can reference? During one hour on a Sunday, I could partake in something predictable and secure without the chaotic world’s interruption.

You can imagine my surprise when I was about to respond with the same phrase for the three-thousandth time and the other parishioners overpowered me with a resounding “And with your Spirit.”

As I write this to you, I am still trying to convince myself: If the Catholic Church is capable of change, then I can handle change too! Change is okay. But the three year old inside of me is still stamping her feet and whining “I liiiiked it the way it was!”

2 thoughts on “Everything Changes, Even the Catholic Church

  1. swebster1030 says:

    I loved being shaken out of my mass comfort zone and having to actually think about the words that would come out of my mouth. May the Lord be with you…

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