True! Mass, ritual, posture gesture and vesture cannot and do not bring salvation, hope and new life. But they can be pathways or enablers to finding them. It struck me the other day that all the surroundings of faith (including the Church visible and structured here on earth) contain just enough of the reality of the Divine to draw us into exploring and encountering more deeply Communion with the God who is the ultimate source of our existence and our truest and deepest happiness. Of course, we have to cut through a serious amount of guff and garbage to meet it but that is what it's about - selling all you have to obtain the Pearl of Great Price. The Church as we know it is not God (though it acts as if it is sometimes) but God is still in the Church with all its faults.