Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/06/10

Corpus Christis Processions

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This Thursday, the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) was celebrated here in Germany.  Massive pomp and circumstance and incense.  My daughter took part as an altar server in two of the processions, and most of the family took part in the Saturday procession.  What was truly amazing and inspiring is that we were walking along streets in the procession that were hundreds of years old, following in the same steps of townspeople to the same shrines that had been there for decades, if not centuries.  The faith residue that leaves is simply amazing.  It just, as a Catholic, is an amazing and wonderful way to realize just how long my Church has been around, unchanging.  It does take the Catholic Church a long time to change, but I don’t necessarily think that is a negative.  How many times do we change something and then change it back again?

I know some people say that the Church is outdated and needs to change, to fit in better with the modern world.  The problem is that, if something is set up directly by Jesus, and if it is still here, two thousand years-plus after its founding, doesn’t that mean that it’s doing something right?  I don’t hear much about Judaism or Islam being called to modernize – why the Catholic Church?  Why change something that the Bible or Jesus has asked us to do?  Doesn’t make sense.

I tend to think that those who say the Church needs to change perhaps either don’t understand why the Church does things the way She does, or maybe those in favor of change know that they are not living the way they should, for example, with birth control.  Perhaps it’s a rationalization – a “well, the Church is outdated, and need to be ok with birth control, so that I don’t need to feel guilty about my contraception, and I won’t have to remember that the power of life and death is securely and solely in the hands of God.”

To reiterate;  something that has stood this staunchly through so much, from Rome to the modern world, should not feel the necessity to change all that much.  If it’s not broke, why fix it?  People are returning to and embracing Catholicism today.  Obviously, something is being found there – and I don’t think it’s the ability to change, but rather, the ability not to change on the spin of a dime.  Or an Euro.

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