First the background. Father used to be a university teacher, and his homilies are always well thought out and relevant, about 15 minutes long. This Christmas sermon was about the best presents we could give anyone, especially Jesus, was our presence. Our Priest is retiring before the end of the liturgical year, so it was a last chance to hear his wonderful sermons. He warned us earlier in the month, that the C&E Catholics need to be encouraged to come back to church, and we should “be very welcoming”.
The woman next to me started quietly talking nonstop (not whispering) as soon as the gospel was finished. She and her 10 yr old discussed how much we worship Mary and the length of their skirts. About 10 minutes into the sermon when she started to show her daughter how to count the boards in the roof like she did when she was little I leaned over and said “Father is talking about being present to Jesus, and you’re counting roofboards?” (So ironic, hey?) She was quiet after that. We apoligised to each other during the sign of peace. They went up to communion, and right out the door. I am still feeling guilty, and wonder, what was the proper thing to do? What would you have done? Do I worry too much, like my hubby says?