Tuesday 11 June 2013


That acronym has been taken.

See the thing is if you look around you at church, there just are not very many people who may be termed young.

I'd like to be young but I'm not really anymore. Sad, but true.

Most Catholics my age, do other things on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Saturday nights. Every week. They've gone. They might come back at Christmas, but mainly, they are elsewhere.

Those of us who do turn up got good very quickly at saying, 'And with Your Spirit.'

Heavens, I don't even go to Mass in English that often and even I've stopped trying to say, 'And also with Your Spirit.' It was never that hard to say, 'Et avec Votre Espirit, ' on hols in France after all.

If you are below retirement age, being a practising Catholic is not on trend, in worldy terms. When was it ever? Pick any issue relating to sexual morality and your views do not fit. Choose how you will steer the conversation. Decide with whom you will socialise, which jokes you don't laugh at, which magazines, books, TV progs and films, you don't read or watch, which places you don't go to, which substances you don't imbibe. And so it goes on.

Negotiating all that and having the need to attack the Church, just don't really go together.

Have fun running the Church down and moaning, why don't you.

Meantime, there are many young people doing very edifying things. He's just one of a few who come to mind. They are the very attractive, joyful future. :-)


Zephyrinus said...

A most interesting Post.

How very true and erudite.

Long ago, I realised how much more fulfilling and true it was to be in Church, attending a Divine Service (Mass, Vespers, Benediction, Adoration, Marian Anthem, etc), than to be at home watching EastEnders.

Nuff Said ?

I must, however, take issue with your comment that: "I'd like to be young but I'm not really anymore. Sad, but true".

Twenty-Eight is no age at all, Leutgeb.

Keep up the Divine Choral Work. Saint Cecilia (Sancta Caecilia) will be ecstatic.

leutgeb said...

28 ....

Mulier Fortis said...

I couldn't have put it better myself, Leutgeb.