O love the Lord, all ye saints:A few weeks back I attended the First Holy Communion of the daughter of a good friend on mine. I had never been in that parish before and I had never see the priest in action. It was the feast of Corpus Christi and the priest gave a very hard hitting, very orthodox homily about how the Real Presence is scriptural and how those that don't believe in the Real Presence have got it terribly wrong. I'm quite used to hard hitting preaching but this was in a league of its own. I knew there were many non-Catholics in the congregation and I was beginning to cringe thinking how uncomfortable they must be feeling.
for the Lord will require truth,
and will repay them abundantly that act proudly.
Do ye manfully,
and let your heart be strengthened,
all ye that hope in the Lord
Something quite remarkable happened after the Mass. One of the attendant non-Catholics went up to my friend and asked her to thank the priest for being so inclusive and welcoming. I couldn't believe my ears, the sentiment was warm and the words were genuine. Nor was he alone in feeling like that.
Then the Psalm I've quoted above came into my head. It is all there. Speak the Truth and be proud of it and the Lord will do the rest. It is proper manful behaviour. Are we so hung up on the sin of pride that we forget to be proud of Our Saviour?
There is a sub-text here about priests behaving like men (masculine men), and being proud of the Incarnate Word indwelling within them, whose representatives they are. Am I criticising certain priests? Well yes I am. It is not big, it is not a clever thing to do, but it is born of deep frustration when I know how convincing they could be if they could all just man-up a bit in a Godly way. I'm also praying like crazy for them and if you felt so inclined, you could join my prayers for a genuine masculinisation of the priesthood.