Signs and blunders…

Down with your shoo-fly Sign of the Cross!

Away with your stealth-fart genuflection!

I vanquish your Hail Hydra sign of peace!

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On a more serious note, here is an interesting passage, from a very good book that I had read many years ago, but could not find again until last night:

“Through the medium of blessed water, the Church transfers a priest’s blessing to the faithful, remitting venial sins, just as the water sprinkled by Hebrew priests purified unclean persons and places. For the same reason, we touch a drop of holy water to ourselves when we make the Sign of the Cross on entering a church–but not necessarily when leaving after Mass, because receiving the Eucharist remits those same venal sins. You need to be cleaned on the way in to the sacred mysteries, not on your way out to the sordid world.”

— Kevin Orlon Johnson, Why Do Catholics Do That? (1994), p. 220.

What say ye?


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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2 Responses to Signs and blunders…

  1. In a Church administered by, say, The FSSP, one uses Holy Water whereas in the 1962-1965 B.C. E. era Church one may be using Wholly Water.

    Any Chapel or Church that has the Real Mass will have Holy Water and M.J was learnt to use it at home to call down a blessing on those who use it, to strengthen the user against the influence of the Devil, to preclude any diabolical infestation, and to remit venial sins. .

    The FSSP Priests in Sarasota visit the homes of the Parishioners and Blesses their house with Holy Water – but, then again, those traditionalists are so superstitious and pelagian

  2. Tony Jokin says:

    I know this is way off topic but have you guys seen this?

    I can only say which part disappointed me the most…

    “Secondly, when we debate about marriage and family, we have to listen to the people that live this reality. There is a sensum fidelium. It cannot be decided only from the top, from the hierarchy of the Church, especially you cannot quote old texts from the past century, we have to observe today’s situation, make a discernment of the Spirit, and reach concrete results. I believe this is the Pope’s approach, while many others depart from the doctrine and use then a more deductive method.” 😥

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