Sunday, November 16, 2008

november rainy day Mass

As usual we went to the Vigil Mass at St. Rita's. It was beautiful. One of the guys sitting near us was wearing a colonge that smelled like fresh tobacco. I actually like the tobacco plant smell so that was nice. My only bad moment was when it was time for the Sign of Peace. Why, oh why do people feel the need to give crushing handshakes? If I'm wincing in pain after you shake my hand I won't feel too peaceful about you.

Anyway, I always love looking at the stained glass and every little detail of the altar. There was a long line at the confessional and I was happy to see it. It was dark and raining and it seemed like the outside world had faded away. I heard no police sirens, no trucks going by. It seemed to be just us, the Church triumphant that we couldn't see, the Church Militant and of course, the Church Suffering --- a family gathered to worship God.

After Mass Fr. Theoden came out to sit before the Blessed Sacrament. It's a very good thing to see your pastor praying. I wish more priests would do that.

3 comments:

Catherine Lucia said...

ditto.

and I really should just read JRR Tolkien. I might actually understand half the conversations I take part in. That and Narnia. I can't seem to bring myself to do it, but for the sake of Catholic cultural literacy I must. ;)

Dymphna said...

We Catholic geeks have Tolkien in our blood :)

Robert said...

I can understand your complaint about the handshake during the sign of peace....I have arthritis. Some folks (men and women) seem to want to crush my hand.
I'm tempted to just wave and not shake anyone's hand.