Four years ago, Pope Benedict promulgated an apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, in part to remind Catholics of the post-conciliar era that participation at Mass is primarily an internal experience:

Yet we must not overlook the fact that some misunderstanding has occasionally arisen concerning the precise meaning of this participation. It should be made clear that the word “participation” does not refer to mere external activity during the celebration. In fact, the active participation called for by the Council must be understood in more substantial terms, on the basis of a greater awareness of the mystery being celebrated and its relationship to daily life.

Archdiocesan catechists and DREs have been ignoring it ever since:

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