Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas and church at sea
From, fittingly enough, the Ship

Apparently most of the world’s sailors are Roman Catholics.

I have a quiet smile to myself when members of housechurches which broke away from the established churches return to them for Christmas and other major festivals because they don’t have their own service. Obviously a bit of tradition is OK for special occasions as long as they don't have to do it every week.

Hopefully they will contribute generously to the collection or we may not be here forever to provide their yearly tradition fix.
Good point but thinking of lapsed members there are many levels of participating in the life of the church. Sure, ideally people would pray the office every day including in church and, in traditions that have a daily Mass, go to that but all are welcome to come and pray in a Catholic church, from the ‘Chreasters’ to the prodigals getting their tradition fix to the man with dodgy theology lighting a candle to his lucky saint.

Et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis.

The Catholic Church: here comes everybody.

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