I am SO glad that you said Priests have supernatural power. Obviously, random people can't run around consecrating and blessing things, but it's so nice to have it in words. I think people have forgotten that! Seriously! Which leads me to my question... in my parish, every time there is an anniversary of note, at the end of mass he asks the couple, e.g. 'Ed and Myrtle', celebrating their 70th anniversary, to stand for a special blessing. He then asks ALL OF US to raise our hands over the couple. WHAT??? I refuse to do it, and sit there feeling dejectedly creepy for the duration of the blessing. Is this okay? Should the priest be doing this? Is there something I'm missing here? I just feel that it's demeaning to the priest's authority, his specialness, his, yes indeed, SUPERNATURAL POWERS for every Tom and Jane in the building to do it, too. What do you think?
We can be thankful that no one names their beautiful little baby girl Myrtle any more. Don't you want Myrtle to have your blessing? Doesn't she have enough to bear running around with the name Myrtle? Hasn't she had to endure years and years of turtle jokes?
You do say, "Bless you" when someone sneezes, right? It's okay for you to bless them. At the anniversary Mass, you are just giving this old couple your blessing. It is not a supernatural blessing. It is just you praying for God to bless them. You're just raising your arms is prayer is all. If nothing else, the arm raising helps you focus and stop giggling because the poor woman is named Myrtle. The priest is giving a special blessing using his supernatural powers to bestow the blessing of God and you are praying for the blessing of God.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
A lot of people feel uncomfortable with the raised arms praying thing. I think they feel it's too, well, separated brethen-y. I'm a 'when in Rome' type, as long as what they're doing in Rome isn't sinful or scandalous. You do have to be a little careful with that. But just because something seems silly or uncomfortable doesn't make it sinful. Case in point, this picture from a fashion show in Rome.
Perhaps we should all put our arms in the air and pray for this poor man who is walking around like this and it isn't even Halloween. Although, you'd never know it from his hat. Where is St. Francis when we need him to jump out and trade clothes with somebody?
As of tomorrow there are only five days left for the Blogger's Choice Awards voting. Thanks so much for your participation. You have our blessing. It' s not special. It's just an everyday type thing.
Here are today's nuns:
Dear Sister Mary Martha, Here are my contributions to the contest. All of them are from the order I was a part of for a year as a postulant, before health reasons forced me to leave; they're all "", (Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia). Even when I was there 10 years ago, they had so many new vocationsNovitiate dormitory like a turn-of-the-century hospital ward! Just a few years ago they finished a multi-million dollar building campaign that doubled the size of the motherhouse, just to make room for the growing community. Ten years ago, they had about 180 sisters, and the median age was about 34. Now that's beautiful! :) God bless, Jen Cabaniss