I chose this third quote because it concerns the Eucharist. Whatever troubles and concerns I may have, they all get addressed at the Eucharist.
I go to Mass and will continue to participate in the Eucharist, irrespective of the faults and failings of the priest, my fellow churchgoers or myself.
For that is what the Eucharist is all about. It is the collecting together of the weak, the sinful, those suffering, those joy-filled and even the bored and transforming them into God incarnate, who transcends time and space, and yet is present in the community gathered. — Suzanne Dooley
This quote reminds me of another Words of Wisdom quote, from Meredith Gould: “You spend way too much time muttering, ‘I’m outta here,’ stay anyway and quote James Joyce through gritted teeth: ‘Here comes everybody.’” One of the things that is special to me about the Eucharist is that it does involve pretty much everybody: the saint and the sinner, the young (maybe not so many these days) and the old, the rich and the poor, the joyful and the sad. It is comforting to rub shoulders and shake hands with many different types of people.
And, as Eucharistic Ministers will surely tell you, it is a rare privilege and honor to distribute the Eucharist. You get to witness a real encounter of people with their God.
I’ve lost count of the times when I’ve gone into Mass feeling angry, lost and defeated only to emerge afterwards with my serenity, if not my sanity, restored.