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Do not cast your swine before pearls
Posted By Eric Sammons On September 17, 2009 @ 7:00 am In The Church | Comments Disabled
I’ve read a lot lately about the impact the Swine Flu is having on Catholic worship, specifically whether or not bishops should ban the sign of peace, communal drinking from the sacred chalice, as well as receiving the host on the tongue . There has even been talk of shutting down churches . I have to admit, I’ve been uncomfortable with the idea of such restrictions, but I’ve not been exactly sure why. Mulling it over, I think there are a number of reasons:
Living involves risks. On my way to Mass I could get hit by a truck. On my way up to communion a brink could fall off the ceiling, hit me in the head and I could die. My stomach could explode from all the Mt. Dew I drank in my younger days. There are an almost unlimited number of ways to die. Yet we cannot stop living for fear of dying. And what is supposed to be the source and summit of our life? The Mass. Men and women have faced extreme persecution including the threat of death to attend Mass. We should not let some little virus stop us from going, regardless of the possible risks involved.
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 ban the sign of peace, communal drinking from the sacred chalice, as well as receiving the host on the tongue: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/Swi-57603647.html
 shutting down churches: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112856844
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