After attending extremely affluent area Masses and seeing Girl Scout cookies being sold inside the gathering space, and hearing the priest plead for people to support the parish auction, I am convinced the soul of the Church in America is either dead or dying.
Phariseeism has taken over the minds of too many Catholics. Too many people think that good works will get them to heaven.
There is no merit in good works if one is in mortal sin, or if one is not living the life of the virtues.
Good works follow virtue. Christ spoke out against the Pharisees for their show of religion. Without the interior life, there is no true religion.
Catholics are heading for the worst time of persecution since the first eight centuries, and priests are talking about bed and bath baskets in the auction.
If there were a desert nearby, I would go immediately.