This morning a young woman sat nearby and remained after Mass. I ventured to ask if she would be wiling to put the chair away. Ah, youth! We love the directness and common sense in some! She immediately asked why it had to be put anywhere? What was wrong with it just staying where it was? She was incredulous. I explained that "they" wanted it put out through the double doors in the back and tucked behind the holy water receptacle. This time she shrugged and again asked, "Why?" She thought it unnecessary. So I went to the double doors to see where is this holy water receptacle, and would have had to go through the doors to find it; but I did not go through the doors. They are immensely heavy, and I could not open them given my two pained shoulders.
We must not forget that at least sometimes, Christian reason must prevail over nonsense that becomes a scandal to others possessed with wholly, holy common sense understanding. As a long-time friend has suggested: It would be nice if there was a little bit of charity in this situation. I suppose the dearth of administrative charity has been the scandal of the chair cross, all along. Yet it is a glorious cross, despite the ludicrous aspects. This chair cross was one of spiritual illumination, highlighted this morning by a 20-something's simple and stark wisdom. The best part: she agreed, "We are Christians."
Now the image comes of the priest on Holy Thursday kneeling before parishioners while washing and drying their naked feet. Surely a wood folding chair left in the chapel for an older, handicapped parishioner is not an inexcusable scandal, we hope and pray.
St. John of Avila, enlighten us! I will share your thoughts on the Holy Ghost in the very next post!