THANK YOU ALL very much for your comments and opinions, varied as they are. . . .and I am sure there are many unwritten here. ;-)
There are a lot of personal ideas I could write about. . .here are a couple simple ones. . .
Yeah, COOP, the regular format remains the same. . .same parts and structure. . .but it ALL depends on what is going on in the mind and heart of each person there, as part of the community.
Sure there is a sameness so we all don't have to try and figure out what and how we are going to do the worship service. OK. But my question is: WHAT is going on in your mind and your heart. . .or are you there as a "blank" physically present but no one is home? What do YOU bring?
So if you have a community of involved people who want to be there. . .well, have you ever experienced that? Have you ever thought it important enough to FIND a faith community where you fit in and in/by which you are "shaken", fed and nourished?
GUILT.. Now let's share a few ideas about this extremely important element in one's life/psyche/soul. First off, I want to nudge my buddy COOPs. . just a little. . ..Buddy, guilt is a special "trait" of Irish Catholics. . .
They/we seem to specialize in "Catholic Guilt". . . .. ;-) [ I think the O'Shea's somehow missed this special 'genetic import' due to the very strong Bouvier genes. I have heard it said " The French do not care what you DO as long as you SAY it correctly." hahahaaa
Now that said, let me be serious a bit. "Why do I feel guilt?" Well, have I done something wrong? If I think "No I didnt do or say anything wrong". . .why am I feeling guilty? NO reason for that. IF I have done something I think/know is wrong, then I should feel guilt: Why? Because I have acted contrary to my knowledge, beliefs, conscience. So, go ahead. . .enjoy your guilt. You earned it. hehheee
No one else can dictate/make us/me feel guilty. It is my decision - no one else's - when I choose to do something I think/know is wrong. . . .when I choose "to commit a mortal sin." NO ONE else can do that for me. So I need to take responsibility for my actions, choices, decisions.
So I have to deal with my own guilt. . . the guilt I choose to feel as the result of the responsible decision to be accountable for my wrong actions.
Because guilt is such an emotional activity, I have tried here to express my ideas as simply and clearly, trying to state things free of emotions. When I do not deal with my guilt in a healthy way it is going to hurt me, bother me. . . .so usually I will handle my guilt by denial and cynicism. For good mental health those two are not recommended. ;-)