Thursday, March 19, 2015

What's wrong in this picture? - HAND RAISING


Feeding the poor?  Definitely not!  Nothing wrong there.  They must be commended and encouraged to continue practicing this Corporal Work of Mercy.

Carry on dear friends!

I see this group every time I am at Quiapo Church.

But what is obvious here is already becoming a "trend" among Pinoy Catholics.

"Praying over the food".

Are we becoming more Protestant than Catholic?

I see more Catholics raising their hands rather than bending their knees (genuflecting) when entering the Church or kneeling during the elevation of the Host/Chalice/Exposition/Benediction.

This is the fault of the charismatic movement.

This is the fault of fashionista priests and clergy.

This is the fault of poor catechism.


Laity are not priests!

Put down your hands!

And just pray!

"But TPC! But TPC!  Why can't we pray and raise our hands at the same time?  Wasn't it mentioned in the Bible?"

Yes it was mentioned specifically in the Letter to James.

Is anyone sick among you? He should call for the priests of the Church and have them pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick person and will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven» (Jas 5:14-15)

But this text is also clear that this is sacramental in nature as the apostle reminded his audience to call the "priests of the Lord".  Not just anyone.  But those who are ordained.

Let us know our role and do it well.

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