The liturgy according to Forrest Gump

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

I was thinking this morning (always a dangerous thing) and I realized that the Catholic Church was like a box of chocolates. Here are all these graces and teachings, something for everyone. And they are all covered in chocolate, which is the liturgy, and is tasty all by itself.

Now, some people don’t like certain chocolates. Creams seem to be the big culprit. That’s fine, leave the creams for me; I love them.  And there are people who might not choose creams, but find them OK because they’re covered in chocolate.  They won’t spit them out or anything; they’ll shrug and say, “Better luck next time”. But other people have to know. Some manufacturers have a little candy missal on the boxtop: the lemon creams are here, the caramels there. Catechesis is always good. Other folks want to crack the chocolates open, stick their finger in there and see. This degrades the experience for all concerned. But the chocolates still taste good, even if they’re ugly and germy. You can do that when it’s just your box; notsomuch when you’re sharing it with others.

Now, it seems to me that when you deliturgize the liturgy, when you remove all the elements of mystery, it’s like removing the chocolate from the box of chocolates. Yes, you can see exactly what the centers are.  You can take some, and leave the rest alone.  Maybe everyone will leave those alone. And you’ll never experience a really good cream, that would change your opinion of creams, because “creams are ucky” and you don’t take them  And in that depression over there are a group of loose nuts, who aren’t bound together by chocolate anymore. More importantly, it is by definition not a box of chocolates anymore, it’s a box of mixed candies. That could be a good thing, but it’s not the same thing. The chocolate, which unified all these disparate flavors and made palatable the ones we weren’t so fond of, is gone.


7 Responses to The liturgy according to Forrest Gump

  1. spookchristian says:

    Perhaps you should get a Bible, and discover the truth for yourself,because roman catholic doctrine/dogma’s , are poison to the soul,…!!!

  2. jeffreyquick says:

    Thank you for your concern for my soul. “Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” – Jesus. Are you doing that? Catholics are.

  3. spookchristian says:

    Are you a cannibal then..??
    It is clear from scripture that we do not literally eat the flesh or drink the blood of Jesus christ..
    IT is clear that you are misled,,
    your so called priest, is not able to transubstantiate bread into flesh, or wine into blood,,it is witchcraft…..

  4. jeffreyquick says:

    You’re going to go all Clintonian on what the meaning of the word “is” is, in “This is My Body?” If Jesus meant the Eucharist to be symbolic, then when He ooked everyone out in John 6 he could have backtracked; He could have explained Himself the way He explained His parables. Instead, He doubled down. This was so important, that He was willing to lose his own disciples over it. The early Church recognized, understood, and practiced this, until “traditions of men” took over with Luther (It’s body and blood because the believer says it is.) and Calvin (It’s a nice thing we do occasionally to remember Jesus.)

  5. jeffreyquick says:

    And BTW, I spent a quarter-century as a Wiccan before I found the Lord, so I think I know what witchcraft is, and this ain’t it.

  6. Marie says:

    ahh, nice to see the kooks are here too…in 2000 years of Church History, do they REALLY think we have never heard the “cannibal” argument before? Or that the Church that COMPILED the Bible that they try to worship in isolation has never encouraged its use? I mean, its not like the Church has Priests and laity out there, i dont know, READING the entire Bible (including the books tossed out by the so called “sola scriptura” crowd) to Catholics every three years, or that She doesnt encourage us to read our Bibles often.. oh wait… hmm. Maybe its because Catholics generally dont know a few cherry picked chapter and verses and instead read and understand the meat and bread of the Bible, the Word and what it Means.. cant be that.. heh. Being a former pagan, dabbler, dabbler in evangelical Christianity, including southern Baptist and methodist “churches” myself, i’ll stick with 2000 plus years of Scripture AND Tradition over cherry picked books AND verses and fractures upon fractures upon fractures as each “denomination” of protestants gives rise to new interpretations and new “churches” They are running out of names and some of the new ones are completely preposterous.for example “the Exciting Singing Hills Baptist Church” cause the boring singing hills would be… boring heh. bah.i lost my train of thought. Anyway, thanks for being here 🙂

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