As a priest ordained in 1974, I have celebrated Mass in prisons and nursing homes, with youth groups, on college campuses, and with regular parish assemblies
. More often than not, people's attention and focus, not to mention their spiritual presence, is riveted to the wonderful mystery taking place in both the Liturgy of the Word and of the Eucharist.
Gabe Huck, whose countless books and articles illuminated the vision of the Second Vatican Council for an entire generation of pastors and ministers, reminded us why the renewal of the liturgy was the blueprint for the renewal of the church, for parish assemblies
called to full, conscious, active participation in both worship and the mission of their church.