So I went to pay for a mass after church today, and I got to the office and the line was quite large. I spoke up and asked everyone whether they were paying for a mass, and they said they weren’t; they were lining up for other reasons (needing to talk to the priest, organise weddings etc). So the guy at the front kindly told me that since I only needed to pay for a mass, I could walk right in do so quickly. Nobdoy else really had a problem, I thanked him and said “I’l be real quick”.
So anyway I paid for it and as I began to ask the parishioner when the next available slot for my mass dedication will be, she had to look back through the records to see the next available time. I was probably in there for like 90 seconds, I guess most people in the line thought I’d literally be in and out instantly. So one lady in the middle of the line starts yelling out “you said you were going to be quick, stop discussing things, you should’ve gotten in line etc”. She was quite mean about it, I looked back at her and gave her an apologetic look, and she continued to make rude comments about my lack of manners (I’m sure you all see the irony in this". To be honest I was just more shocked than anything, the parishioner and the other people in line were as well. They whispered to me “just let it go, forget about it”, which I obviously did. I apologized to her and told her she shouldn’t be so quick to anger, and she just continued to border on physically abusing me.
I walked out, not even having my request fully completed in paying for a mass, and just wondered in all seriousness, what such people are doing at church in the first place! I’m in no way angry or personally hurt. I couldn’t care less, it’s not like she hurt my feelings. But my anger comes from the fact that there is someone in the world, furthermore in my community/parish, that can sit through a mass in which the sermon was based on forgiveness and compassion, and walk straight out of church (and still be on church grounds) and react that way to such a small issue. I’m literally just in shock.
I guess it’s just a minority though. The amount of good I’ve received from Catholics way exceeds the bad, but still, I was literally in disbelief. I’m not even sure why I made this thread, it’s just been on my mind all day. In such awkward and delicate situations, I love to ask myself, what would Jesus actually do? Would he keep peace and walk away or become annoyed with this womans judgmental behaviour and say something?
Anyway, peace CAF