Christ appears to His Mother.
My apologies ahead of time...
I went to the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis for Easter Mass this morning. I felt as if I just got out of a cloister and was thrown into the real world - albeit a beautiful world. Truly, the liturgy was awesome, on a grand scale. The church was magnificent, candles everywhere, chant and Latin and traditional hymns. So not like my bare bones parish church. Did I mention the church was packed? A devout and reverent crowd, kneeling, bowing, standing, participating. I don't get out much - obviously - but let me tell you there is nothing wrong with the Ordinary Form of Mass. Nothing. The people in this little Catholic bubble of online gossip, complaining and condemnation, who write against the Ordinary Form of Mass and the Pope and the Bishops, are really a minority within the Church - if indeed all of them actually are part of the Church.
That said, Carinal Dolan was on Face the Nation this morning, this mornings show was heavily focused, and favorably so, upon Pope Francis, Catholics, Hobby Lobby and so on. Nora O'Donnell interviewed the Cardinal and mention a recent poll was highly favorable as regards the Church and newcomers coming in. The Cardinal attributed it to Pope Francis - yes - the Francis effect is warmly regarded. Dolan did well in the interview - yes he is media savvy and seems to be choosing his words more carefully. When pressed about 'changes' the Pope might bring - Dolan was specific in affirming Catholic teaching, while emphasizing the fact that nothing doctrinal can change, in fact it was his most solemn moment in the interview. Did he say he approved civil unions, nope - but he said he would support the civil rights of those who can't live up to Catholic teaching - including insurance benefits for 'partners' and so on.
Later in the show, the panel once again discussed the Pope Francis effect.
Driving home from Mass this morning I once again wondered how many people at church would even know about Catholic bloggers? How many ever heard of most of the blogger personalities? How many share their concerns about washing the feet of women or men or poodles at Holy Thursday.* How many of these people really care if someone had a sip of something before communion, or if someone ahead of them is chewing gum? I laughed to myself wondering how many in the congregation even knew about the 3 Days Darkness, an what they would say if you told them about it? I thought to myself, 'they'd probably look at you, silently pondering what you just said, and then say, "So anyway, Have a nice Easter!"' and then walk away.
The Church is a big place - people can build private chapels, but be really careful you don't separate yourself - or worse - excommunicate yourself. Especially those of you who would love to see so many others excommunicated.
Yeah. So anyway, have a nice Easter.
*A commenter on Fr. Z's blog mentioned the story of a priest with a foot fetish as a sort cautionary tale against washing the feet of women. I couldn't find the comment when I looked again.