A priest WDTPRSer helped me to a chuckle today:
Dear Fr. Z,
First, thank you for your blog. I’ve been following it faithfully for about 2 years and I always find something interesting and informative. You are providing a great service to the church! [Thanks!]
I have a few parishioners with whom I meet once a month to talk about the liturgical reform and Benedict’s Papacy. Our fundamental question is whether the Mass we have today is the Mass intended by the Council Fathers. To keep it from descending to opinions, we are limiting our study primarily to magisterial documents. It is informative for them and edifying for me to see an interest in the Church and her liturgy.
This past week we decided to consider the USCCB Norms for distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds:
As a point of observation it is [NB] written by the American bishops [!] and received the recognitio in 2002.
When I reread the document is preparation for our meeting I about swallowed my teeth when I read paragraph 4, especially considering the failed vote to approve the most recent "Grey Book" based on some "high falutin’" word choices.
Here is the first sentence:
4. The eyes of faith enable the believer to recognize the ineffable depths of the mystery that is the Holy Eucharist.
Do you notice the irony? I simply had to stop and let out a good laugh.
Me too… but I can’t quite put words to it.