When I worked in Chicago, I spent every lunch break every day in St. Peterís Cathedral. I loved that church, even though I was already Pagan at the time. I felt at home there.
Looking around me, however, I would always see people who just went because they felt they should, or because they had not been to confession in a month. They knew more words to Mass than I did, but when I spoke them I understood what I was saying. I could feel the power the Mass raised.
I vowed that, after seeing so many people going through the motions of Catholic Mass, I would never be in the audience at rituals. I would never repeat words without thinking about them. I would never be a Pagan 8 days out of the year.
Daily devotionals, even if I only have time to do them in my head, have become standard for me. I consider what I do and how it reflects not only on myself but also on my Gods and my community. I learn from rituals how to better my experience and increase their worth. I participate in all rituals I attend. Standing by and watching is not an option for me.
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