(AoftheANews) SCRANTON – Six-year old Stacey Flunderson, whose family attends Our Lady of Active Participation parish, expressed feelings of deep dismay after receiving a blessing during Communion at Sunday’s 10:30 Mass.
“I thought I’d feel happier and closer to God,” she told AoftheA News, “but instead I’m simply awash with disappointment at the absence of imparted actual grace.”
At first, she anticipated the blessing, stepping into the communion line with her family, her arms crossed and pressed against her chest. “I was expecting an experience of encountering my Lord Jesus Christ. But when I saw we weren’t in the priest’s line, I got a little annoyed. At least Father is consecrated and ordained, right? Instead, I’m shuffling to the altar for some stranger to put their hand on my head, and mumble a weird, vague prayer. Pretty underwhelming, to say the least.”
Upon returning to her pew, those feelings settled into a full-blown case of ennui. “I feel nothing. I recognize that a blessing is incomparable to receiving Him in the Eucharist. They’re two different things. Still, there should be some stirring of the Holy Spirit within me, but nope – nothing. That was a waste of my time, and unnecessarily lengthened the Mass. I should probably blame my parents for encouraging me, but the pastor and worship commission are just as culpable for enabling this false expression of hospitality and inclusiveness.”
Stacey has vowed to never repeat her mistake. “I can wait another year, when I receive my First Communion. I’m done pretending. The final blessing at the Mass’ conclusion is more than sufficient.”
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