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Good posting! Thanks for the link. I can't say I agree with all of it, but I agree with probably 75% of it. Forced community is one of my pet peeves, and yes some hymns should be merciful put out of our misery. If people find the Mass boring, then they either do not understand it or have enough true faith in what is going on.

On the other hand, I don't want the priest to make me mad all the time in his homilies. Jesus didn't run around ticking people off all the time in His earthly ministry. He delivered his message in whatever way it could best be accepted by his given audience. A good homilist addresses the scriptures each week in the way that best expresses what he wants to teach. Sometimes that is best done with light humor, with real-life examples, by citing church teaching or current events, or by challenging us with tough questions and statements. No one style fits every week, but I suppose priests, like anyone else, can fall into a rut. They shouldn't be afraid to provoke (hellfire and brimstone still has its place on occasion), but they shouldn't become the Jerry Springers of the Catholic Church either.

How about when the priest, after a magnificent Processional, intones "in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," pauses and says, "Good Morning!" AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

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