Full, conscious, and active participation
We hear this every Sunday and it reminds me of a time when Greg and I were dating. I had gone with Greg to visit his family and all of us went to Sunday Mass; Greg's father had been in the seminary so catholic practice and faith was very prominent in their family, it was something I admired and enjoyed about loving Greg and his family. It was one of the things on my "what makes a good husband list", someone who has a deep and active Catholic faith life.
Well, here the congregation is signing the opening song and I am quite, not signing, our visit and the time I am remembering was during a time in my life when God and I were working one some serious issues, so I was praying, being comforted by the support I was feeling in this congregation, this family; and Greg turns to me and says: "You aren't participating." What!!! Why would he say that? I was deep in prayer, speaking with God!
After Mass I said to Greg: "I was participating, prayer is a very important part of participating. Please don't assume about my faith life." I was a little angry. And that has stuck with me when I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist when someone comes to me and does not say Amen, I NEVER assume to say Amen for them, what do I know of what is going on in their spiritual life?