Just where is the Catholic Church going. It once was special and through revelation over time she had conceived a beauty all of her own. The Altars were made of the finest materials and fittingly designed to feature the tabernacle. The words we used to pray and to worship were uplifting, we sang Hymns (not songs) and they in their poetic way reminded us of the doctrines of the church, the attributes of God and His Saints. Everything today is banal and dragged down to the lowest common denominator, the consensus of ugliness. A level not of our Church but of the darkness and lack of grace in other denominations.
Devotions like the Sacred Heart have all but vanished. Very few attend the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacraments, those Holy Mysteries given by Christ to aid in our salvation are a thing of the past. The reverence for the presence of God in the Tabernacle and in His house is cast away. The sanctuary has become a place for common gossip and very few can pray before Mass or after, due to the bedlam that breaks out when the priest leaves the altar. Children are allowed to run wild and are never reminded that Christ is present and therefore learn no respect. Altar rails are removed and fools rush around the Tabernacle often turning their back to God as they pursue their prideful way. I have heard illogical statements when I speak to many on this subject; the most fatuous of which was you cannot see Jesus in Altar rails. I can and I do they remind me of the awful, terrible beauty of the Altar. That place where Christ comes at the Transubstantiation and offers Himself in an unbloody manner for My and our redemption and salvation. They remind me how often I separate myself from God by rejecting Him through sin and more than likely I am not worthy. So therefore with the rails I can approach Him as Paul says on my knees to receive His worthiness from Him.