After I posted my request for good news, a reader sent this e-mail:
As regards both your request for good news and the recent discussion about ways of receiving Communion:
I teach Confirmation class at my parish, mostly using the Baltimore Catechism.
Today one of my best students, a terribly sweet 14-year-old girl, engaged me with 20 minutes of questions about the best way to receive Communion. She asked about kneeling to receive and told me all about her distaste for unnecessary EMHCs, intinction by the laity, and the laxity of many children about their religion after they receive First Communion. Perhaps her best quote: "I watch all those people receiving in their hands… I just think, what ARE you doing?"
It struck me again how beautifully the Church’s traditional practices correspond to the universal, innate needs of our human nature. She didn’t need any instruction from me to realize that these were the right things to do; in holy simplicity, she just got it. Ex ore infantium perfecisti laudem.
Kid by kid, folks.