I got a question as a follow up to my QUAERITUR about blessings the other day.
Your blog piece is timely indeed. Thank you.
While looking at our local diocesan newspaper yesterday, there was a photograph of a Spanish Mass with the kids holding up soccer balls, cleats, shin guards with the priest blessing them? I’ve always thought blessings of “things” (farm implements, ships, buildings, etc) was permitted when these things served for the betterment of man. Do sports equipment fall under this or is this one of the myriad “innovations”?
Thanks and may Our Lady bless you on your journey.
First of all, remember that there is a blessing in the old Rituale Romanum intended ad omnia… for whatever thing there is not a specific blessing.
I think you can bless just about anything, provided that it is not inappropriate.
I don`t have my Rituale with me, but I believe there may be a blessings for a sports field or gymnasium… someone should double check me on that. I know there is a blessing for mountain climbing equipment, because I once adapted it (thinking fast in Latin) to bless the hardware going into someone`s knee replacement. That was the most optimistically adaptable blessing I could find.
In my opinion sports equipment is a good thing to bless. I don`t see problems with that.
As I said before, blessings, the sort of blessings priests can confer and invoke, should permeate our daily lives.