I JUST CAN'T WITH ARTICLES LIKE THIS YOU GUYS
It's true that liturgy is not the thing that makes my heart go pitter pat. It's true that I am already inclined to 1) not personally care and 2) assume that God doesn't care either whether we are holding hands or not. Maybe he does? I DO think that reasonable people can disagree, I am more than willing to be taught that I SHOULD care or at least understand why folks think this is a Thing, but COME ON, IS THIS ALL WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT?
Really though, it's the part where: did we possibly incorporate something from the Protestant world? QUELLE HORREUR! that REALLY drives me to the liquor cabinet.
God is working all over the world, friends. The Holy Spirit is moving all over the world and plenty of those places are not Catholic. What does Peter Kreeft say? Oh let me go look it up because I know we dig Peter Kreeft, hang on...
As Catholics, these people may have gotten the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but they didn’t get the real presence of Christ in their hearts and in their lives. They got the upper stories of the Catholic skyscrapers, but not the foundation. Not the faith and the hope and the love relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior. Therefore, in order to become good Catholics, they must first become good Protestants.
Read the whole thing, because I pulled that quote out of context and maybe you don't see what he means or how it fits. You'll probably have to read it a few times because Peter Kreeft. But it's so good. So good. And I am SO impatient with people who want to hem and haw and nitpick about hand holding and whether or not we do something like Protestants because:
...God is Love. Because God wills to draw all men to Himself. Because of that spiritual gravity, because nature abhors a vacuum, spiritually as well as physically, and because the Catholic Church has been so remiss in giving God’s children the fullness of the spiritual food that God has given the Church to give out, therefore, the children have been going elsewhere to eat it.
It's the attitude that we can't learn anything from our not-Catholic brothers and sisters that I don't get, the assumption that we don't need what they have to offer and do well, that when we DO open ourselves to what we might be missing - in practice, not theory - we are somehow contaminating our Catholic worship. WE HAVE BEEN REMISS.
What's funny to me, after my four years in Non-Denominational Protestant Land in college where people weren't sure if I was "saved", is that I now know more Catholics who have issues with unity than Protestants. More Catholics who are uncomfortable with my "Protestant side" than Protestants who know I'm Catholic. Possibly I have annoyed YOU, and I'm sorry, annoyance is not my intention, but my heart is with ecumenism. My heart is with unity and that we would all know the absolute fullness of Christ. And that's where I'm going, dudes. I am not gonna hang out with the folks who debate hand holding, I am going straight into the mess and the confusion and the impossibility because that's where Jesus is, doing his miraculous Providing A Way thing. COME WITH.