I a Z-Chat session today one of the Z-chatters made the comment that at her parish, before Mass, people chatter like crows in church … including the pastor.
No sense of reverence for the sacred place or what is about to happen.
That is painful to me even to hear other people talk about!
To the all priests out there I say.. for the love of all that is holy…
Help your people to learn the value of maintaining a holy silence in your churches.
Help them to learn to be recollected.
Socializing can take place elsewhere.
Help them change their bad habits.
How does one move from chattering away and making a din in church to then having an encounter with the One Who Is Wholly Other, an encounter with MYSTERY, which is the whole purpose of liturgy?