Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground
. . . “THE PEACE OF CHRIST BE WITH YOU”? YES! — a 2006 cogitation.
It happens at mass after the Our Father, during which you may have held hands in a show of solidarity or watched others do so. It’s SHAKE TIME.
I liken it to violating a library’s silence by interrupting someone, extorting his or her response.
My friend Jake (not his real name) intends to pull his phone out and threaten to call 9-1-1 the next time he is approached while trying in his admittedly clumsy way to commune with the Almighty. An empty threat, yes.
A Catholic New World reader put it to Question Corner priest, John Dietzen:
I’ve had my arthritic fingers crushed. I’ve had parishioners blow their nose and then offer their hand to me. . . . I’m tempted to isolate myself in back [of church]. . . . [T]his . . …
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