Saturday, October 23, 2010

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In the early 1970s a friend of mine attended Mass in one of Philadelphia's grand old parishes, an immense pile of stone built to last for eternity. In the same pew right next to him was an elderly lady who energetically fingered her rosary beads all during mass. She stood sat and knelt with everyone else but her thoughts seemed to be far removed from the activity around her.

The time came for the Handshake of Peace, one of those "new things" which made everyone feel a bit silly. My friend turned to the elderly lady at this point and, holding out his hand in friendship said "May the peace of the Lord be with you.". The old lady scowled. She looked at the proffered hand as if it were diseased. "I don't believe in that shit", she replied and, without missing a breath, went back to the quiet mumbling of her rosary.

Before we start imaging that the old lady must have some been some charming fossil from another eon, let us remember that as late as 1963 nearly every Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, would have agreed with her. They didn't believe in "that shit", and neither did the majority of the faithful.

-Thomas Day,
Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste

1 Comments:

Blogger MarysDowryProductions said...

This is an excellent and very enlightening book - it really helped me out in my dissertation: "Could a misunderstanding of the role of music in Sacred Liturgy be responsible for Mass attendance decline"

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