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Saturday, 12 January 2013


I went to an adoration chapel this morning. There were two ladies who talked loudly the entire time. One had a cell phone which went off and she proceeded to talk on it. This all happened in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance.

I went up to the two women once and pointed out that Jesus was present in the Monstrance and would they please stop talking.

They did not.

I am truly, truly shocked.

I stayed there for an hour, as I thought Christ was suffering again in the Garden of Gethsemane when His disciples fell asleep. These women are asleep.

They do not know God.

I prayed for them. And, when I left, I thought is there no place in the world where there is silence before God in His humble, vulnerable state, the Eucharist?

Yesterday, at Mass, two women in the front pew talked until the Consecration. One man got up and "shhhed" them, but they did not stop talking. The priest continued and said nothing.

Why is this happening? These are Maltese, not tourists. These are Catholics, not Protestants.



Catechist Kev said...

I've seen this happen in my neck-O'-the-woods, SuperT.

I was leading a faith study last summer at a parish 35 miles from my home.

The parish has a Perpetual Adoration chapel. My modus operandi was to go before our Blessed Lord to pray before leading the study. (it is in a small room at the rear of the rectory)

I came through back door leading towrds the chapel and heard chatting. I thought it was the parish staff up front. To my utter shock when I came through the door it was three people *in the chapel* chatting as if the King of kings wasn't even there!

As soon as I came in their gabbing ceased (thanks be to God!). I was just blown away by their lack of reverence.

Now, I know that this isn't the case across the board in first-world countries, but in my "gleanings" on similar stories this seems to be a regular occurrence. (whether chatting in the chapel in front of our Lord exposed in the monstrance or doing so in the church... even when folks are trying to pray!)

Why is this?

It is the dumbing down of the Real and True Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Dontcha' know? Jesus is just as present in the "community" of believers as He is in the box! You know, where two or three are gathered? (to refute this see CCC 1373-4)

Seriously. Why in the world do we wonder about the lack of vocations to the ministerial priesthood when we see/hear stories like this?

(rant off, sorry SuperT)


Catechist Kev said...

One more thing on this topic, SuperT.

I wanted to share more on this tragedy you experienced in that Adoration chapel.

Again, the dumbing down of our Lord's True Presence in the Holy Eucharist *is* the problem!

I encountered this with a former diocesan youth minister (he was your typical modernist Nazi).

When modernists get a hint of a person's orthodoxy towards the faith - their Nazi/Communist style of controlling you kicks in.

The former youth guru for our diocese is one example. He said the following to me when we exchanged a few emails once (I ran afoul of him via our youth minister at our local parish - IOW, the man had never met me, but he already had put me on his black list).

This is what he said in the email:

"We must render the Real Presence of Christ in the human preference."

He started and ended the email with that statement.

This is straight out of Karl Rahner's and Edward Schillebeeckx's type of "theology." This man was schooled at a seminary here in the Midwest in the late 80s, early 90s.

He also said the following to me in the middle of the email:

"Through the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. We become, really and concretely, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - Jesus."

Dear Lord in Heaven we *are not* Divine! >:(

True, we are a *part* of the Mystical Body of Christ, but we are mere creatures made in His image and likeness. (Genesis 1:26)

Even St. John said "If you say you have no sin within you, you are a liar." (1 John 1:8)

How can you and I *be* Jesus, really and concretely, if we have sin in us?

The man is a de facto heretic. (see CCC 2088-9)

God help us.

CK (you've fired me up this morning - this is a *good* thing!)

Supertradmum said...

CK, rant away, please!

Shelly said...

I'm afraid I would have just started crying - that being my default reaction lately when I come upon disrespect being shown toward our Lord. I know it happens here because respect is not taught, not modeled by our priest. The Tabernacle is in a little just as one enters the body of the church building. Very few pay any attention. I have had people nearly trip over me as I stop to genuflect...and there have been times, too numerous to count when people come up to me to engage me in conversation when I am obviously praying. Manners, gentility, have gone out the window, and this is being seen in our relationship with Christ. I am appalled, ashamed and saddened. I see the Sorrowful Mysteries being played out in the world, and I must say how good it is to find someone else who feels the same way. Surely there are more out there, I think I'm just in the wrong place :-).

Thank you!

Supertradmum said...

Shelly, I did feel like an awake disciple in Gethsemane. That is why I stayed. God bless you.

Emily said...

That. Is. Nuts.
I have never seen that happen, ever, ever. Even when I go to a PA chapel and people bring their kids, the kids are quiet and respectful.

Supertradmum said...

And in Malta, which is supposed to be Catholic

kavi said...

aren't the Protestants much better at this, on the whole? :D

Supertradmum said...

Kavi, as to decorum? Depends on the denomination, but if you mean coming into a Catholic Church and being quiet, you might be correct...