Why Ad Orientem Worship Works

What is it, from a priest’s point of view that I love about celebrating the Mass ad orientem?  A number of things:

1. I no longer have to worry about being in ‘performance mode’. When I am facing the people, no matter how much I try, I am looking more at them and focussing more on them as ‘audience’ than I am on what I am doing at the altar. I am concerned therefore about what I look like. Is my face conveying what it should? Do I look ‘holy’ enough? Am I making it ‘meaningful’ enough? Why is that person dozing? What must I do to regain their attention. I don’t want to think all this while I am celebrating, but too often I do.

 

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A suicide prevention story from a Canadian psychiatrist.

I received the following message from a Canadian psychiatrist who gave permission to publish it.

From the diary of the lived experience of a psychiatrist:

“I spent over 4 hours on Tuesday night talking a chronically suicidal patient out of jumping off a bridge after multiple suicide attempts in the past two months, and convinced her to meet me at the hospital to get treatment that she needed to stay stable. A phone conversation that began with her at the bridge saying: “I just want to die”, ended 5 hours later, not with tragedy, but thankfully with a renewed sense of hope in the patient, and a desire to try again to work together toward a better path.

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New Catholic elected officials hope to lead with faith…

They come from different places and different backgrounds. One spent his teenage years adjusting to life in the United States as a refugee of the Vietnam War. Another is less than a decade removed from serving as Miss Minneapolis. But whatever their differences, Catholics newly elected to state or federal office this November have responded to a similar call to enter into public service…

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“All hell broke loose”: Family starts going back to church after demonic encounters in haunted home…

We received a frantic call from a man in Indiana who was a non-practicing Baptist, and his wife was not a believer. They had two children. They recently inherited their house from relatives. The man who previously lived in the house was known to have molested minors and also involved in the occult. He died in April and they moved in around June.

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