Just a quick note to those who don’t know of my past opinions.
I returned to the Church in 2006. I had stopped going to Mass back around 1971 or so. When I returned, I got caught up in the Traditionalist mindset and got a bit carried away with my opinions. I fit into what many would call the “rad trad” group. I believed…
- the Ordinary Form was inferior to the TLM
- women didn’t belong in the sanctuary
- the Blessed Sacrament should only be received on the tongue while kneeling
- EMHC’s were not needed and in fact an abuse
Well, I’ve come to realize there is a difference between practicing Catholicism and dictating how others should practice Catholicism. And today, I’m ok with both forms of the Mass, as well as ok with whatever the Church has approved of. I still firmly believe that we should kneel and receive COTT, but I accept the Church allows CITH at this time and I no longer judge folks who receive in the hand.
I’ll also add that of the two best sermons I’ve ever heard, one was by a Dominican at an EF mass, and the other was at a Diocesan TLM (Extraordinary Form). So imo, it doesn’t matter what form of the Mass we attend, but what does matter is why we walked into the church to begin with.
What does all this have to do with the thread title ? Well, one thing I’ll never fail to get upset by is disrespect or lukewarmness toward the Blessed Sacrament. Today I chose to attend the OF at a local Dominican parish. After receiving Communion I knelt in prayer as usual and I tend to close my eyes while praying. I had sat in a front pew today and after my post Communion prayers, I opened my eyes and noticed that perhaps 9 out of 10 folks who chose to bypass the Cup just walked on by as if He weren’t there.
Well, it may not be something I should get too concerned with, but it just bothers me quite a bit. If some of us who don’t drink from the Cup can take time to at least acknowledge His presence with a slight bow or similar, why can’t all of us do so ?
So, as I’ve learned to always do when distracted/upset in this manner at Mass, I closed my eyes and prayed some Aves in reparation for the indifference I had noticed from so many.
I wasn’t counting, but after about the 10th or so Ave Maria,I opened my eyes and witnessed one of the most moving actions I’ve ever seen in a Roman Catholic church. A young boy who looked no older than 6 or 7 approached the EMHC holding the Cup of the Most Precious Blood. He had waited in line and when the adult in front of him had finished and moved away, this young boy, holding his hands folded in prayer, made a profound bow to the Cup and then moved on.
Whether this boy’s parents had taught him this or he just “get’s it”, I don’t know. It didn’t appear his parents were in front of him or behind him in the line. My prayers ? I can’t answer that either. But it was very moving to witness and I just had to share it.