Why are people bored at mass? For the same reason they're bored at school. We don't really understand why we're there. The only meaning we find in anything anymore is the meaning we project into it. As soon as our personal preferences change and our emotional attachments simmer down to a lukewarm complacency (and they always do!), nothing remains to call us onward. We have no reason to persevere. We never think to endure the trial for the sake of the glory.
Instead, the secular mind moves on. It continues to search for the definitive fulfillment of a self-made reality that has no footing in reality. Again and again, it comes up empty. And eventually the jaded self settles for base pleasure and second-rate comforts. The "roof" on his universe keeps him searching for the heavens in the disenchanted material of earth, until he gives up.
He made us with a desire to worship (ultimately with the gift of our whole life by living for him) but, St. Paul tells us, the entire history of human idolatry has been about our choice to worship the creature instead; and God gives us over to our base desires. Love will not force itself.
How beautiful is the enchanted world! Around every corner is a reminder of the Lord. In the midst of every joy is a glimpse of heaven. Through every trial is the light of resurrection. Death becomes the most enchanted moment of all and, paradoxically, the reason to live.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle