Monday, May 11, 2009

Lay ministers of holy Communion should stop offering “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” at Mass

Concerns about swine flu have prompted many parishes to discontinue the routine administration of the Precious Blood. Okay, fine.* But there’s another Communion rite practice that should also cease if only out of concerns for public health. This time, however, it’s a practice that (unlike distribution from the Cup) is an abuse per se, namely, that of lay ministers of holy Communion purporting to confer “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” on every Tom, Pat, and Harriet who comes up in line.

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Tale of a Retired Troublemaker

by Steve Ray on May 11, 2009

Policeman.jpgWorking people frequently ask us retired people what they do to make their days interesting. For example, the other day I went downtown and into a shop. I was only there for about 5 minutes and when I came out there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.

I said to him, “Come on, man, how about giving a retired person a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a “Nazi.” He glared at me and wrote another ticket for having worn tires.

So I called him a “doughnut-eating Gestapo.” He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he wrote a third ticket. This went on for about 20-minutes. The more I abused him the more tickets he wrote. Personally, I didn’t care. I had come downtown on the bus, and the car that I was standing next to (the one he was putting the tickets on) had two bumper stickers — “Obama for President” and “Keep Abortion Legal.”

I try to have a little fun each day now that I’m retired. It’s important to my health.