The world revolves, but the cross remains the same.
One translation of Luke 17:20 warns against 'careful watching' to perceive the reign of God, because the kingdom is already in our midst ...
I think of this Gospel all of the time, since it more or less forms the basis for my prayer. The practice of the presence of God, the prayer of recollection is the awareness of the indwelling of the most Holy Trinity in our souls. The kingdom of God is within you. "Realize that your soul is the temple of God - it is St. Paul who teaches this. At every moment of the day and night the three Divine Persons are living within you." - Elizabeth of the Trinity
Therefore, if the mountains fall into the sea, the earth quakes and every structure collapses - nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ. It is Christ who begs us, "Remain in me": "It is the Word of God who gives this order, expresses this wish. Remain in me, not for a few moments, a few hours which must pass away, but 'remain' - permanently, habitually. Remain in me, pray in me, adore in me, love in me, suffer in me, work and act in me." - Elizabeth of the Trinity
So. It is not by careful watching, judging the orthodoxy of others, questioning every report and searching every word to see if it indicates this or that, is true or false, or may open the door to error, and so on. None of that is necessary for simple souls ... not even for ordinary people.
Why do you concern yourself with who goes to communion? What they are wearing? What their posture, their demeanor is like? Are you worthy to receive? Do you prepare your soul to receive the sacred humanity - body, blood, soul and divinity? Do you stay a long time with Jesus when you do receive him? Do you acknowledge him? Do you cling to him in love, in recollection from one communion to the next? Why do you care about the interior lives and practices of others? Is it love? Is it out of charity that you are so concerned? Or is it care-filled watching others?
You can't tell by careful watching - because the conscience of others is hidden - it is the sacred place of encounter within each person ... God is the judge. God dwells in the soul. If you spend all of your time watching, you necessarily leave the presence of God - you become a voyeur - and the devil shows you your subject's faults. Sometimes real, but often false - because neither can he read the conscience - God alone is judge. In the end, the accuser of our brothers is cast out - be careful, lest you are cast out with him.
You can't tell by careful watching ... If you cry out, "But father! But father!" Do it only to the One, using the words Christ taught us, "Our Father ..."
Remain within, in Him ... ask Him to make you entirely teachable. Only cry out 'Abba' - don't go to strangers.
It sounds too simple? Too ordinary?
Keep yourself in peace
and thousands about you will be saved.
Just a note: Live the Catholic faith, stay with the Pope. Stay away from the doomsayers. Trust in God. I'm not a follower of Mark Mallet, but he has a good post on why sticking with the Pope and ignoring media reports and gossips is more necessary than ever. For your consideration: Peter Speaks.
Pray for priests - especially for those who squander their lives and vocation on matters outside their obedience, engaging in partisan politics and polemics, neglecting themselves and the ministry they were ordained for.
Song for this post here.