With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #18.

We’ve now been to three liturgical services (Church #5, 17, and 18), and I’ve struggled at each one. I’m quite sure God is present, but we don’t connect. I could blame the church, the priest, or tradition, but it’s no one’s fault but my own.

The people arrive silently, worship subtly, and exit quickly. Without interaction, connection, or community, I leave feeling alone and isolated. The ritual and rhythm of Catholic practices intrigue me, but the impersonal nature of their gathering discourages me.

God, may I learn how to connect with you in all settings and circumstances. May my worship be sincere and true, regardless of the style of church service.

[See my reflections about Church #17 and Church #19 or start with Church #1.]

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