the vast majority of us, any participation in this
Holy Week — the culmination of our liturgical lives as Catholics — will be
In other words
it will not be real
participation, but digital participation. We will use our
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
pixels 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
of them — and “socially distancing” ... with only a few “people as
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 to kneel.
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 you?
“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 Mark 12.30)
will soon follow this virtual madness?
And not one of them will be real!
They will all
— one and all,
And we will “pretend”
that they are real ... and deem
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.
They, 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 Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem,
et servasti verbum Meum, nec non negasti
know your works ... that you have but little
power, and yet you have kept My word, and
have not denied My Name.”
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