the vast majority of us,
in this Holy Week — the culmination of our liturgical lives
as Catholics — will be virtual.
In other words
it will not be
real participation, but digital participation.
We will use our imaginations and pretend to be where
the liturgy is actually being celebrated by a very select
few, even though we ourselves are simply “watching” the
mere moving of
on a monitor or Smartphone. If you are in the mindset of
lotteries (lottos) and gambling, some of you may
enter for a “chance” to be among the selected chosen
to actually attend a Mass in person (wearing a mask
— or two of them — and “socially distancing” ...
with only a few “people as pathogens”
Much like the “virtual viewers”, if you
receive Holy Communion (which everyone does anyway,
regardless of mortal sin (after all, Christ is a “good egg,”
and winks at our sins, however appalling) it will
not be on the tongue. In some “venues” the priest will be
wearing surgical gloves when he gives Communion (lest he
give COVID to Christ? ... or to “protect” the people and
himself). Almost definitely, you will not be allowed
Such a morbid
and sinful fear of illness and death
(as though you can indefinitely
avoid either, or choose the hour and manner)!
Do the words of Saint John mean nothing to
“Perfect love casts
out fear, because fear has pain. And he that
fears, is not perfected in love. Let us
therefore love God, because God first has loved
us.” (1 Saint John 4.18-19)
He does not admonish us to avoid, at all
costs, the inescapable possibility of illness — much
less the absolute certainty of death.
But we fear because we do
not love God as we ought:
“Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with
thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with
thy whole strength.” (Saint
The ensuing madness
What will soon follow this
And not one
of them will be real!
— one and all,
And we will “pretend” that they are real
and deem ourselves present
in our conspicuous absence.
One thing (apart from death) is certain.
Among our many virtual fictions,
not one will produce a baby!
Ask the masters of virtual sex, and
hence the masters of fiction: the pornographers.
too, “stream online” and to a greater audience
still! What an abhorrent precedent to follow on this most
holy day of the year!
Boston Catholic Journal
April 4, 2021
Totally Faithful to the Sacred
Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti
verbum Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have but little power,
and yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My
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