In one of the Liturgy classes at the school I attend, the professor was making mention that since Vatican II, the teaching on the blessings of objects, water, religious 'things' (i.e. rosaries, crucifixes, etc.) is not actually real. Instead, they just serve as representing the 'holy' in our own mindset. For example, the "holy water" in church is not actually holy but because it reminds you of your baptism, and by dipping your hand in the water you think of blessing yourself, that is enough. For my professor, dipping your hand in a holy water font and Lake Huron is the same thing, as long as you are reminded or think about God.
My initial reaction is that this is ridiculous. People always get things blessed because it does in fact make them set apart from the usual things we encounter daily.(Right?) However, what I'm being told is that priests don't bless these things anymore. Is this true?? I'm so confused!!