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Religious ritual, which seems so idiotic to the secular mind, has the same feel as Carl's nth chance to go straight or Phil's nth repetition of Groundhog Day. The words and motions of the mass give the faithful repeated chances to get it right. At the nth repetition of “this is my blood, the cup of salvation” you for the first time grasp, really grasp, the meaning of redemption through Christ's sacrifice. Well...part of it at any rate.
—from The Bourgeois Virtues by Deirdre N. McCloskey