I didn't participate in the procession - I know how these things end.
Interestingly, a friend sent me an email saying he was sick of church people and the general insistence everybody in the parish needs to actively participate in something. He added: I am sick of internalizing the guilt that comes with non-participation.
I agreed with him. I'm sick of all the guilters online as well. You can't do this or that, you can't say that, you can't be that and Catholic, you have to support this... Catholics have a lot of rules about rules ...
Listen to the Pope:
"It's sad to be a believer without joy and there is no joy when there is no faith, when there is no hope, when there is no law, but only rules and cold doctrine..."
"The.. doctors of the law didn't understand. They didn't understand the joy of the promise; they didn't understand the joy of hope; they didn't understand the joy of the covenant."
"They didn't know how to rejoice because they had lost the sense of joy that only comes from faith," not only did they lack faith, "they had lost the law. Because at the heart of the law is love -- love for God and for one's neighbor."
"They only had a system of clear-cut doctrines ..."
As "men without faith, without law and attached to doctrine," they lived in a world that was "abstract, a world without love, a world without faith, a world without hope, a world without trust, a world without God. And this is why they could not rejoice," the pope said. "Their hearts had petrified." - CNS
There are different ways of participation. Prayer is an active participation. Just showing up is participation. Frequenting the sacraments - especially the sacrament of penance is participation. Assisting at Mass devoutly is participation. Listening to the readings is participation.
All dressed up, waving palms in the air and singing real well - who am I to judge?
Is that bad?
Pay no attention to me.