Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire

Aggressively sought today by a fellow worshiper two pews ahead of me for what was sure to be an aggressive handclasp, I held back. It didn’t matter. My fellow worshiper was not to be denied. I knew I had to act and act fast, or all was lost. Come up with something or be crushed … Continue reading Handshaking time at holy mass, quick thinking under fire

Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .

Sample bon mot from chapter about what to do with your imagination. Narcissus [a] moral idiot. He became enamored of his reflection in the water. He wanted to discover, in the jargon of our day, his “inner child.” But anyone who wants to find his inner child without locating the source of life in God is … Continue reading Hot title here from Fr. Rutler: Meditations from a man on whom his erudition hangs lightly . . .

Pope at Angelus: May our whole life be a “yes” to God – Vatican News

Says Pope Francis today: “Openness to God is found in the openness to take on the needs of one’s neighbor”. The wise Francis here. Now if he would do away with his inveterate ambiguity in matters of doctrine. You don’t have to trash the brand to urge its application.

Decline & fall of a sermon-time doze

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
I was neither flummoxed nor gobsmacked when the preacher tossed off a reference to “Captain Grimes in Decline and Fall” this morning.  I was, however, wakened from that pious semi-slumber that too often attends sermonizing. Of the Roman empire? I wondered, distracted from my fascination with the family of mother,…

Eat pork or die, the king said. Mother of seven had a response.

Tomorrow’s first reading, from Second Maccabees 7: 22 She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you. 23 But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and … Continue reading Eat pork or die, the king said. Mother of seven had a response.

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, #3: Catholics being Christians — glad-handing pro and con but mostly con

In response to #1 and #2 of this brief series, faithful readers chimed in, March of ought-six. Bob K., with a brighter view: Sometimes it is good for Christians to reach out . . . and communicate with each other. The MASS is as good a time as any and better than most to do … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, #3: Catholics being Christians — glad-handing pro and con but mostly con

Vernacular: the cause that won hands-down

More serious than glad-handing in the post-council reform (and more successful) was the all-church changeover from Latin to, in our part of the world, English. The centralized planning and execution here was enough to make a statist weep with envy. The world over, Catholics got used to mass in everyday language. It became part of … Continue reading Vernacular: the cause that won hands-down

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass: Father John tries to put not-so-glad-handers at ease

A “Catholic New World” reader put it to Question Corner priest Rev. John Dietzen, in December of ought-five: I’ve had my arthritic fingers crushed. I’ve had parishioners blow their nose and then offer their hand to me. . . . I’m tempted to isolate myself in back [of church]. . . . [T]his . . … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass: Father John tries to put not-so-glad-handers at ease

Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, first of a series

Reader: “I am most put off by glad-handing. The other day I shook hands with the same woman twice. The ushers even shake hands of those with aisle seats during the Agnus Dei.” Sometimes feverishly. People wave all over the church, seeking waves back, like a Facebooker looking for likes. Great for ball games and … Continue reading Glad-handing in the middle of Mass, first of a series

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