It's a warm and sunny Friday morning here in Chicago. I hope that wherever you are, your day has dawned as brightly and as warmly as this day has dawned here.
Thanks to all of you who have posted comments over the last few days. You know, being a regular blogger is sometimes difficult. I want to be able to share my own perspectives with those who visit these pages and sometimes, like yesterday, I can sound "down on the Church" or a "seer of doom." These are difficult times for the Roman Catholic Church. One of the commentators in the last few days expressed the hope that our newly translated texts would address the growing problems in the Church, using these words:
Gotta disagree about the timing, Jerry. I fervently believe that, with all the troubles in the Catholic world, we desperately need these stronger, more uplifting prayers. Who knows if things two or three or five years from now might not be even worse! What better way to jar some folks out of their complacency than to force them to learn better prayers at Mass.
I need to be honest here and ask those who espouse this commentator's views if you think it is helpful to use the kind of language used here: "force them to learn better prayers at Mass." Seems to me that this kind of language and the approach that undergirds the language is quite similar to what has occurred in the past (and in the present, as well). I don't mean to sound like a broken record here, but take the ever-unfolding clergy sexual abuse crisis as an example. The employment of language that includes a phrase like "force them" is consistent with the language of abuse. Let's be cautious with our words. Let me also say that I share this commentator's sentiment about the power of "stronger, more uplifting prayers." It remains my hope that the liturgy's prayers continue to change the hearts and minds of believers; I just hope that the people in the pews find the new translation to be stronger and more uplifting.
Time will tell.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Lent brings you closer to the Lord.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.