Words with Friends

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Michael Woods talked about the two guest speakers at last week’s priest retreat: Allen Hunt and Matthew Kelly. Hunt is a former Methodist pastor who converted to Catholicism. Fr. Michael quoted Hunt as saying that the biggest obstacle to him becoming Catholic was the Eucharist and that his biggest joy about being Catholic is the Eucharist.

Most of the parishioners attending the 8:15 a.m. Mass at All Saints Church took Fr. Michael’s advice to heart. He suggested that we try to be a little more reverent than usual when receiving Communion. I spotted people bowing their heads more slowly. One guy genuflected. One girl’s behavior baffled me.

A young woman received both species of Communion while holding her smart phone in one hand. It was especially noticeable when she lifted the cup to her lips while the phone was in the same hand that was holding the base of the cup.

What should she have done instead? Obviously she should have left the phone in her car or in the pew. But what if she didn’t realize her mistake until she got to the front of the Communion line? I also wonder what the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist could have done differently when she approached with the phone in hand. What are your thoughts?

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