Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground
* You don’t have to shake hands (at “sign of peace” time), you can just say hi in a “genuinely warm” way, said the bulletin in 2012, concerned about germs in the flu season.
But being genuinely warm can be the trouble. What’s not to like about that. A handshake is lower-level sacred in itself, something I give myself to wholeheartedly, but here it’s distracting when one is absorbed or trying to be absorbed with God-centered thoughts, which are essential to a worship experience or any religious experience as I understand it. Am I wrong?
* Plus maybe skip hand-holding (at Our Father time).
Or any other season if you don’t mind: forget the kumbaya if you don’t mind.
* Plus reconsider your aversion to communion in the hand if you have one.
Didn’t have one at the time (have acquired one), but was and remain averse to persuading people…
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