Catholic Herald DIGITAL only £10 ($16) ending soon; sample from my column

I was wrong about something.  The chance to subscribe to the digital edition of the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly, does not end on 30 March.  It ends on 31 March.  They aren’t fooling around when, on 1 April, the price goes up.  It won’t go up much, but why spend more?

For a couple days yet you can still get the online full edition of the Catholic Herald for £10 ($16).

Go to this other post to see the advantages and follow the directions.

The promo code is CHPROMO

A good accompaniment for your Mystic Monk Coffee Subscription.

BTW… I write for the Catholic Herald now.  The weekly column is called And With Yor Spirit and it deals with many of the questions I have written about here and in the pages of The Wanderer for years.

Here is a snip from one of the articles.  This was about one of the most controversial changes in the new, corrected translation, the response “And with your spirit”, in which “spirit” refers to the ordained character of the one who says “Dominus vobiscum“:

Since spiritus here distinguishes the ordained from the laity, since it also concerns the “who” of the person, since it sounds odd to our ears, since it is going to be our text, here is my proposal.

Bishops, priests and deacons: Allow “And with your spirit” to be an exhortation to humility and service.  Accept it both as a mark of support from the congregation, as well as a plea, nay rather, a goad to serve them well.  When it rings in your ears, examine your conscience.

Lay people: By your “And with your spirit” you affirm your vocations. Christ wanted men to be ordained to serve you so that you can shape your corner of the world and then go to heaven.  Require from your clergy that they live their calling to give you what you need so you can fulfill your own essential vocation.  Your booming “And with your spirit” will be their daily spur to holiness and fidelity.

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  1. The more I read things like this that speak to the rich underlying significance of the response “And with your spirit” the sillier it feels to continue saying, “And also with you.” Those who thrust it on us should be embarrassed.

    What a great gift it is that the sacred tone will be set at Holy Mass right out of the gate with these words when the new text comes into use!

  2. tcn says:

    I pray that the new response will begin the conversion of a priest I know who does not believe in the True Presence. Prayers gratefully accepted in this matter.

  3. “And with your spirit”, in which “spirit” refers to the ordained character of the one who says “Dominus vobiscum”

    I never knew that. I like it.

  4. Centristian says:

    It is rather amazing how such a simple response can be pregnant with so much rich meaning.

    “Accept it both as a mark of support from the congregation, as well as a plea, nay rather, a goad to serve them well.”

    That’s a marvelous appeal. I hope that contemporary clergy (and laity) will, by and large, be able to see the good in a return to better liturgical language and that they will embrace the new text for the positive change that it represents. For my own part, I look very forward to receiving (and to reciting) the revisions.

  5. “in which “spirit” refers to the ordained character ”

    Ah, I’m glad to hear that! I had thought it meant the priest’s soul, so it sounded awfully Cartesian-dualist to me.

  6. Blog Goliard says:

    Thank you for calling our attention to this generous offer.

    I paid them my $15.94 today (so nice to have a credit card that uses a true market exchange rate with no fee), and made sure to send the editor an e-mail thanking him for both the offer, and for having added your column to his fine publication.

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