I fear I have opened a can of worms, and I guess I will now dump them out and have a look.
I was a little bit shocked at some of the comments on my post about an unfriendly church.
Do I need a friendly church in order to worship God? Nope. What do I need? Not much of anything. Just everything the Church gives me - and that is immeasurable. Not much else is necessary.
I wonder how many times I have played a starring role in someone's story about some awful woman at mass. I pray that no one has left the church because of anything I have ever done. And I would be truly contrite if I knew that I contributed to anyone's ill feeling toward the church.
But I know that ultimately we are all responsible for our own decisions and actions.
The people at my current church aren't friendly. But ultimately, what does that matter? I am an adult. I have the ability to reach out to others if I want to take the risk to do so. There is a wonderful priest at the church, and that is why I have made the decision, like a reasonable adult, to attend that church instead of the friendly one down the road.
If the friendliness of my fellow parishioners was really that important to me, I would go to my former parish down the road. But going to mass is not about socializing. It is not about "feeling good" and getting my ego stroked. It is about God, not me.
And I would ask that you keep a charitable tone in your comments. It's God's job to judge, not ours.
Thank you and God bless you all.