Richard Challoner School

Mass Appeal: How the Liturgy Speaks to Our Five Senses

"My Catholic faith is a large part of who I am. However, I haven’t always been so passionate about the Church’s ancient way of worshipping. Although I’ve never strayed from my belief in salvation through Christ, my younger self did question whether the so-called “smells and bells” of Catholicism—all of those rituals like the burning of incense and the ringing of bells—heightened or hindered my ability to experience God. 

That creeping insecurity in my youth that there might be a “better” way to worship led me to embark on what I’d refer to years later as my “tour” of other Christian churches. The journey was enlightening."

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